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Transferring Benefits to Dependents

For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children.

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Eligibility             Tier of Eligibility Table


Who's Eligible to Transfer Benefits to their Dependents?

Any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and:

  • Has at least 6 years of service in the Armed Forces on the date of election and agrees to serve 4 additional years in the Armed Forces from the date of election.

  • Has at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces (active duty and/or selected reserve) on the date of election, is precluded by either standard policy (service or DoD) or statute from committing to 4 additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute, or

  • Is or becomes retirement eligible during the period from August 1, 2009, through August 1, 2013.  A service member is considered to be retirement eligible if he or she has completed 20 years of active duty or 20 qualifying years of reserve service.

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

    • For those individuals who have an approved retirement date after August 1, 2009, and before July 1, 2010, no additional service is required.

    • For those individuals eligible for retirement after August 1, 2009, and before August 1, 2010, 1 year of additional service after approval of transfer is required.

    • For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after August 1, 2010, and before August 1, 2011, 2 years of additional service after approval of transfer are required.

    • For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after August 1, 2011, and before August 1, 2012, 3 years of additional service after approval of transfer required.

  • Effective August 1, 2011, commissioned officers of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are eligible to transfer benefits to their dependents.

    Please visit
    www.gibill.va.gov for the most up-to-date information regarding transferring benefits to dependents.

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Determine Your Tier of Eligibilty

 Active duty service after 9/10/01 determines the benefit percentage:

Member Serves

% of Max. Benefit Payable

At least 36 months 1

100*

At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability

100*

At least 30 months
< 36 months 1

90*

At least 24 months
< 30 months 1

80* 3

At least 18 months
< 24 months 2

70* 3

At least 12 months
< 18 months 2

60*

At least 6 months
< 12 months 2

50*

At least 90 days
< 6 months 2

40*

*Applicable percentage applies to tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, & books and supplies stipend.
*Service member's applicable percentage will transfer to the dependent(s).

1 Includes entry level (Basic AIT and branch specific skill training)

2 Does NOT include entry level (Basic AIT and branch specific training)

3 If the service requirements are met at both the 80 and 70 percentage level, the maximum percentage of 70 must be applied to amounts payable

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