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With 14 Months of Active Duty, Do I Qualify for the MGIB?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello to all. My question is, do I qualify for my MGIB? I received an honorable discharge after 14 months on active duty. Thanks.

A: In most cases with only 14 months of active duty, I would say no, you would not qualify for the Montgomery G.I. Bill (MGIB) as it takes either 2 or 3 years (depending on your enlistment contract) to qualify.

However, you may still qualify for the MGIB, if you were discharged due to a:

  • service-connected disability;
  • hardship;
  • medical condition you had before your service;
  • physical or mental condition that interfered with performance of duty and didn’t result from misconduct on your part, or;
  • reduction in force (Only certain RIFs qualify).

If you separated early due to any of the above reasons, you may eligible, but for less than the normal 36 months of benefits. You’ll earn one month of benefits for each month of active duty, so you may get 14 months of the MGIB. Check with the VA to verify what MGIB benefits, if any, you may have.

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