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 Months of Benefit

 

Service Members (current or Retired) who are eligible for a GI Bill program may receive up to 36 months of GI Bill benefits as a full-time student under any GI Bill program. Service Members who are eligible for more than one GI Bill program can never receive more than a total of 48 months of benefits between all programs. The only exception to this rule is Ch 31(Vocational Rehab) & Ch 35 (Survivor's and Dependent's Educational Assistance).

 

KEEP THIS RULE IN MIND WHEN TRANSFERRING BENEFITS TO A SPOUSE AND/OR DEPENDENT SINCE WHAT YOU'VE USED IN THE PAST NO MATTER HOW LONG AGO WILL EFFECT WHAT YOU CAN USE OR TRANSFER (IF ANYTHING) UNDER THE CHAPTER 33 (POST 9/11) GI BILL PROGRAM.

 

 Viewing Previously Used GI Bill Benefits

 

The Department of Defense (DOD) cannot give any Service Member or Veteran an accurate assessment of any Service Member's previously used GI Bill benefits. Soldiers will need to contact the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) to obtain an accurate assessment. DO NOT CALL THE VA's EDUCATION HOTLINE. This phone number puts Services Members in contact with the VA's call center where most employee's are new to the job since the turn-over rate is extremely high. The best way to obtain an accurate assessment is to log onto the VA's "ask a question" page of their website. This will direct your question to a Case Manager at the VA who will give you a better assessment.