Enclosure (1) to COMDTINST 1760.9A
D. (cont'd) Era G.I. Bill and their benefits were rolled over if specific active duty
requirements were met.)
PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING FOR BENEFITS
Application for MGIB benefits may only be made through the office responsible for
handling veterans affairs at the educational institution to be attended or by applying at
the local DVA office.
A completed VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, must be submitted
to the institution which the applicant is, or will be, attending or the local DVA office.
DURATION OF BENEFITS
Benefits may be used for 10 years from the date of last discharge or release from active
duty. In the case of an individual who is serving 2 years on active duty and 4 years in
the Selected Reserve, the delimiting period is 10 years from the end of their Reserve
If the Coast Guard upgrades a discharge, that previously prevented a veteran from
receiving MGIB benefits, to an honorable discharge, the veteran's delimiting period is
10 years from the date of the decision to upgrade the discharge.
The 36 months of educational entitlement must be used prior to the 10 year period
previously stated. In all cases, the full 36 months of entitlement, or any unused portion
of the entitlement, will cease to exist after this 10 year period.