Thinking of transferring your GI Bill to your kids or spouse? Think again

Kaylah Jackson
July 12, 2018 - 3:17 pm

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The Pentagon announced more restrictions for service members who want to transfer their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to their family.

Previously, there were no time restrictions on when a military member could transfer educational benefits to their family, until today. Now, only service members with at least 6 years of service on active duty or Selected Reserve but no more than 16 total years in uniform are able to transfer their educational benefits to their dependents.

Stephanie Miller, director of Accessions Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense says the change is all about shifting the focus toward retention.

“This change continues to allow career service members that earned this benefit to share it with their family members while they continue to serve,” said Miller. “This change is an important step to preserve the distinction of transferability as a retention incentive.” 

Read also: A relatively painless guide to transferring your GI Bill benefits

Service members who were separated for “force shaping” reasons won’t be affected. These include instances service members with high-year tenure or officers who were passed over for promotion twice.

Essentially, if a service member was separated for reasons “beyond his or her pay grade” and the military is restructuring, they will still be able to transfer their benefits, even without fulfilling their service commitment.

For more information about the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill click here

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