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Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits

Breakdown of Transfer Benefits For Those Who Complete 20 Years of Service:

  • Those eligible for retirement on Aug. 1, 2009, would be eligible to transfer their benefits with no additional service requirement.
  • Those with an approved retirement date after Aug. 1, 2009, and before July 1, 2010, would qualify with no additional service.
  • Those eligible for retirement after Aug. 1, 2009, but before Aug. 1, 2010, would qualify with one additional year of service after approval to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
  • Those eligible for retirement between Aug. 1, 2010, and July 31, 2011, would qualify with two additional years of service after approval to transfer.
  • Those eligible to retire between Aug. 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012, would qualify with three additional years of service after approval to transfer.
  • The servicemember's 36 months of benefits, the equivalent of four nine-month academic years, could be transferred to a spouse, one or more children or any combination. The family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System to receive the benefits.
  • Servicemembers also have the option to use some benefits themselves and transfer what they haven't used to one or more family members.