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Would My Title 10 Language School Qualify Me for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I was reviewing the different GI Bill types and was wondering which one I qualify for. In my contract I am eligible for the Reserve GI Bill, however, I was looking at the qualifications for the MGIB and realized that I spent more than 90 days on active duty when I went to language school and in which I acquired a DD214 for this time. I was wondering if I do in fact rate the MGIB because of this active duty time or if I only qualify for the Reserve GI Bill?

A: Without seeing what type of orders you were on when you went to language school, it is hard to tell. However, most likely they were coded for training – time which does not initially count toward GI Bill eligibility. And even if that time did count, it wouldn’t be for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty; it would apply toward the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Why? Because the MGIB-AD requires a $1,200 contribution fee payment, something which you wouldn’t have done.

So most likely all you have is the Reserve GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR). However if you are not aware of the uniqueness of this GI Bill, you should be as it has some specific limitations.

One, it is only good for the first 10 years while you are in the Reserves or National Guard. Two, there isn’t any residual benefits if you get out before serving 10 years as it expires on your discharge date.

But if your time did count toward Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility, you would most likely have from 40% to 60% coverage depending on the length of your school – 40% if it was at least 90 days but less than 6 months; 50% if it was at least 6 months but less than 12; 60% if it was over one year, but less than 18 months.

Otherwise, if you deploy on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation, that time would also count toward Post 9/11 GI Bill tier percentage.

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