Department of Defense (DoD) has announced its policy for transferring
educational benefits to the spouses and children of servicemembers
under the "Post 9/11 GI Bill," which takes effect Aug. 1.
is as it should be in a volunteer force where families also
serve," said Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military
Personnel Policy Bill Carr. "Transferability of GI Bill benefits
is the most-requested initiative we receive from our servicemembers,
and we believe it will assist us in retaining highly qualified
"Transferability of GI Bill benefits is the most-requested
initiative we receive from our servicemembers, and we believe it
will assist us in retaining highly qualified military
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
for Military Personnel Policy
servicemembers on active duty or in the selected reserve on Aug. 1,
and who are eligible for the "Post 9/11 GI Bill," may be
entitled to transfer all or a portion of their education entitlement
to one or more family members. To be eligible, servicemembers must
have served in the Armed Forces for at least six years, and agree to
serve four additional years, from the date of election to transfer.
with at least 10 years of service, who by DoD or service policy are
prevented from committing to four additional years, may transfer their
benefits provided they commit for the maximum amount of time allowed
by such policy or statute.
to maintain proper force structure and promotion opportunities,
temporary rules have been developed for service members eligible to
retire between Aug. 1, 2009 and Aug. 1, 2012.
on their retirement eligibility date, these servicemembers will commit
to one to three additional years, from the date of election to
services will provide further implementation guidance.
June 29, eligible servicemembers may make transfer designations by
visiting this Web site: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB.
full transferability policy is available at the Web site http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/.
may be eligible for the "Post 9/11 GI Bill" if they served
at least 90 aggregate days on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001,
and were honorably discharged. Based on the length of active duty
service, members are entitled to a percentage of the cost of tuition
and fees, not to exceed the most-expensive in-state undergraduate
tuition at a public institution of higher learning. Members not on
active duty also may receive a monthly living stipend equal to the
basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents,
and to an annual $1,000 stipend for books and supplies.
Department of Veterans Affairs administers the "Post 9/11 GI
Bill," and determines eligibility for education benefits.
information on eligibility, benefit levels, and application procedures
can be found at their Web site, http://www.gibill.va.gov.
(Department of Defense