Deadline for Post 911 GI Bill Benefits Transfer Exemptions Approaching

Military personnel serving under the Post 911 GI Bill may in some cases transfer their GI Bill education benefits to family members.  The August 01, 2013 deadline to transfer benefits without incurring the need to serve more time is approaching quickly for many service members.

According to the site, milConnect, “A special provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill program allows career Service members the opportunity to share their education benefits with immediate family members.  Service members can determine their eligibility using TEB, available through milConnect.”

Who is eligible
“A: You are eligible to transfer benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you meet one or more of the following program start date requirements:

  • You are a member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) and were in the service on 1 August 2009 or joined after that date.
  • You are a Uniformed Service member of the Public Health Service (PHS) and were in the service on 1 August 2011 or joined after that date.
  • You are a Uniformed Service member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and were in the service on 1 September 2011 or joined after that date.

If you meet one of the above program start date requirements, you must also meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • You have at least six years of service in the Uniformed Services on the date you elect to transfer the Post-9/11 GI Bill program and agree to serve an additional four years in the Uniformed Services from that date.
  • You have at least ten cumulative years of service in the Uniformed Services (active duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of election, are precluded by either standard policy (service or DoD) or statute from committing to four additional years and agree to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute.
  • You have become or will become retirement eligible during the period from 1 August 2009 through 31 July 2012 and agree to serve an additional period of service as outlined in subparagraphs (a) through (d) below. A Service member is considered to be retirement eligible if he or she has completed 20 years of active Federal service or 20 qualifying years as computed pursuant to section 12732 of title 10 U.S.C. Requirement #3 and its associated subparagraphs (a) through (d) will no longer be in effect on 1 August 2013.  On or after that date, all Service members must comply with requirement 1 or 2 above.

For individuals eligible for retirement on 1 August 2009, no additional service is required.

For individuals eligible for retirement on 1 August 2009, and before 1 August 2010, 1 year of additional service is required.

For individuals eligible for retirement on or after 1 August 2010, and before 1 August 2011, 2 years of additional service is required.

For individuals eligible for retirement on or after 1 August 2011, and before 1 August 2012, 3 years of additional service is required.” – Source: milConnect

How to Submit a Transfer Request:
SEE: milConnect Link

What is milConnect
milConnect is a web application provided by the DMDC that offers sponsors, spouses, and their children (18 years and older) access to their personal information, health care eligibility, personnel records, and other information from a centralized location.

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