Transferring the Post 9/11 GI Bill: FAQ’s

What is the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a post-service education benefit. A special provision of the program allows career service members the ability to share their education benefits with immediate family members. The opportunity to share education benefits with dependents is one of the most requested topics among military advocacy and family readiness groups.

books What is the current policy on transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill

to immediate family?

Currently, service members are eligible for exemptions from the policy; transferring their Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits may incur them anywhere from zero to three years of additional service.

Will this policy change?

YES! On August 1, 2013.

What is the deadline for transferring benefits without incurring additional service


Starting August 1, 2013, every member of the armed forces who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in their branch of service, regardless of a nearing retirement or time spent in service.

If individuals who wish to transfer their benefits to not do so before the August 1 deadline, they will incur a four-year additional requirement of service. NO exemptions will be made.

Does this apply to ALL armed service members who wish to transfer benefits?

Yes. This affects any and all members of the Armed Forces (Active Duty or Selected Reserve, Officer or Enlisted) who wish to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits. The deadline largely affects senior officers and enlisted members of the military who are retirement-eligible. For Armed Forces members who are not retirement eligible, electing to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a family member means committing an additional four years of service.

Who do I need to contract to transfer my Post 9/11 GI Benefits to a Dependent?

Speak to your Commanding Officer, or visit the link below:

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