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How to Transfer a Post 9/11 GI Bill to a dependent


Service members that are enrolled in the Post 9/11 GI Bill will have the ability to transfer unused education benefits to spouses and children. In order to be eligible, one has to have had at least 6 years of armed service as of the date of election and must agree to serve 4 more after the date. Other eligible members may have served 10 years or become retirement eligible on or after August, 2009 to August 1, 2013. To be retirement eligible you must complete 20 years of active or reserve service.

This benefit can be transferred to the individual’s spouse, a child of theirs, or any combination of spouse and child. Marriages and divorces subsequent to this will not affect the transfer. Family members only need to be a member of the DEERS to take advantage of the benefit. In order to transfer, you must go to the Department of Defense website and complete a transferability application to determine if your dependents qualify for the eligibility to receive transferred benefits.

The nature of the transfer is as follows: a spouse or a child may use the benefits but he or she is subject to a few things. A spouse may use this benefit immediately, whereas a child may start to use it only after the initial transfer has served their 10 years with the Armed Forces. Both may use the benefit while the individual is in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty. Children are eligible for a stipend or books and supplies while the member serves their active duty but spouses are not. Spouses can use the benefit for up to 15 years after a service member's separation from duty, but children are not entitled to this and may not take advantage of this benefit after they reach 26 years of age.

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