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Will Joining the Reserves Affect on My Active Duty GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am an E-5 on active duty. I will be leaving the Army in 4 months, with 4-years time in service, and two deployments. At this point I am considering going into the reserves. Will this affect my GI Bill benefits payout? Will I be entitled to 100% payout, with E-5 BAH? Thank You.

A: No, enlisting in the reserves will not impact on your active duty GI Bill at all. As you probably know, with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA pays your school directly for your tuition and eligible fees up to the established in-state maximum for the state where your school is located.

If you are taking enough credits per term (normally 7, if your school considers 12 as full-time), so your rate of pursuit is over half-time and you are taking at least one on-campus class per term that applies toward your degree plan, then you will get the housing allowance. As you noted, it is paid at the pay grade of an E-5 with dependents calculated on the zip code of your school. You will also get a book stipend, which can be up to $1,000 per year, paid at $41.67 per credit.

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