the lantern wrote:Just reading through some FAQs, I didn't realize that it didn't count your "entry level and skill training" as time in service for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. So will this take off a year of my service since I went to recruit training (3 months), marine combat training (1 month), and air command electronics course (which took 4 months, but I was there for 7). This will knock me from the 60% to 40% benefit. Oh well, it is money I didn't have before, since I don't qualify for the old GI bill.
edit: I am now confused. I'm searching for more information but it doesn't say anywhere else the thing about entry level training not counting and stuff like that. To people that have their claims all processed and stuff, is there any point where someone actually explains to you your benefits and you get to ask questions?
edit2: Sort of answering my own question here. From the actual text of the bill:
" Entry level and skill training means—
(1) Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training for members of the Army;
(2) Recruit Training (Boot Camp) and Skill Training (“A” School) for members of the Navy;
(3) Basic Military Training and Technical Training for members of the Air Force;
(4) Recruit Training and Marine Corps Training (School of Infantry Training) for members of the Marine Corps; and
(5) Basic Training for members of the Coast Guard."
edit again!!: The more I read about this program the more confused I get Also, this makes some states REALLY unattractive to go to school in and makes some states stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Not counting time in training is only an issue for those who served less than 24 months. The info below is from the VA:
Who is eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
Individuals who serve at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001 are eligible.
To be eligible for 100% of the benefit, an individual must have served an aggregate of 36 months of
active duty service, or have been discharged for a service-connected disability after 30 days of
continuous service. NOTE: Active-duty service time required by graduates of a Service Academy or
ROTC does not count toward the three years necessary to qualify for full benefits.
For those who served fewer than 36 months, the percentage of benefit ranges from 40% to 90%:
- 90% - 30 total months (including service on active duty in entry level and skill training)
- 80% - 24 total months (including service on active duty in entry level and skill training)
- 70% - 18 total months (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training)
- 60% - 12 total months (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training)
- 50% - 6 total months (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training)
- 40% - 90 or more days (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training).
For example, an individual with five months of qualifying service could receive 40% of the tuition
benefit, 40% of the monthly housing allowance, and a maximum of $400 books and supplies stipend.
Veterans must have an honorable discharge or other qualifying discharge (e.g. hardship, condition
interfering with duty, etc.) to be eligible.