Transferring Education Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

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One of the provisions of the Post-Sep 11 GI Bill is the capability of a army member to transfer a few or all in their GI Bill education benefits to a partner or child(ren). The law has left it as much as the Department of Defense to set up eligibility criteria for moving benefits, and DOD has now announced the coverage.

Who Is Eligible?

Basically, any military member serving on lively responsibility or inside the Selected Reserve on or after August 1, 2009 may be eligible to switch his or her blessings so long as he or she qualifies for the Post-Sept. 11 GI Bill in the first area and meets precise carrier necessities. The primary carrier requirements are that the member have to have at the least six years of navy service, and agree to serve a further four years on the time of enrolling within the switch software.

What this means is that navy individuals who've retired or separate prior to August 1, 2009 aren't eligible to transfer benefits, even though they're eligible for Post-September 11 GI Bill advantages (any carrier member with more than 90 days of active obligation, after 9/11, 2001, who is nonetheless in the provider or has an honorable discharge, is eligible for the brand new GI Bill). has memberships transferred to the Fleet Reserve, or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) before August 1, 2009 also are ineligible to switch benefits (until they eventually go back to lively responsibility or lively reserves).

A Few Exceptions

There are a few exceptions to the four years of extra carrier rule, if the provider member isn't always able to re-enlist because of a DOD or provider coverage. They must, but, serve the maximum time allowed earlier than separating from the army. For example, if an enlisted member can't re-enlist or make bigger his/her enlistment for 4 years due to High Year of Tenure, or an officer can not make bigger their dedication for 4 years because of being exceeded over for promotion, they may still take part within the GI Bill sharing provision, as long as they stayed within the military for the maximum period allowed.

There also are specific guidelines for the ones eligible to retire among Aug. 1, 2009, and Aug. 1, 2013:

  • Those eligible for retirement on Aug. 1, 2009, would be eligible to transfer their advantages and not using a additional service requirement.
    Those with an authorized retirement date after Aug. 1, 2009, and earlier than July 1, 2010, would qualify with out a additional service.
    Those eligible for retirement after Aug. 1, 2009, but before Aug. 1, 2010, could qualify with one extra 12 months of service after approval to transfer their Post-9-11 GI Bill blessings.
  • Those eligible for retirement among Aug. 1, 2010, and July 31, 2011, would qualify with two extra years of service after approval to switch.
    Those eligible to retire between Aug. 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012, could qualify with three extra years of provider after approval to switch.

Education Benefits

Under the new GI Bill, contributors receive 36 months of education advantages. That's the equivalent of 4 nine-month academic years. Under the advantage transfer program, all or a portion of the advantages may be transferred to a spouse, one or greater youngsters or any aggregate. The member of the family must be enrolled within the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS), at the time of switch, to obtain the benefits.

A baby’s subsequent marriage will no longer have an effect on his or her eligibility to get hold of the academic advantage; however, after an man or woman has distinctive a baby as a transferee under this segment, the man or woman retains the proper to revoke or regulate the transfer at any time.

Even after shifting the benefits, they remain the "belongings" of the servicemember who earned them, who can revoke them or redesignate who receives them at any time. The rules make it perfectly clean that the advantages cannot be treated as "joint property" in cases of divorce.

Use of Transferred Benefits

Family member use of transferred instructional benefits is situation to the subsequent:


  • May begin to use the gain right now.
  • May use the benefit while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active responsibility.
  • Is not eligible for the monthly stipend or books and substances stipend at the same time as the member is serving on energetic responsibility.
  • Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the provider member’s closing separation form active obligation.


  • May begin to use the gain best after the individual making the switch has completed at least 10 years of carrier in the Armed Forces.
  • May use the advantage at the same time as the eligible character remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from lively duty.
  • May no longer use the benefit till he/she has attained a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificates), or reached 18 years of age.
  • Is entitled to the monthly stipend and books and materials stipend despite the fact that the eligible person is on energetic obligation.
  • Is now not problem to the 15-year delimiting date, however might not use the advantage after attaining 26 years of age.