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Post-9/11 GI Bill
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POST-9/11 GI BILL TRANSFER

ABOUT THE BILL...

The Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education funding and benefits to eligible veterans, total force Airmen and family members. The bill's transfer-to-dependent option is designed to help improve military retention/recruiting and is only available to eligible active duty and selected Reservists. For more up-to-date information about the program, please check the DVA website at http://www.gibill.va.gov.

POST-9/11 GI BILL PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education funding and benefits to eligible veterans, Total Force Airmen and family members
 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill's transfer-to-dependent option is designed to help improve military retention/recruiting and is only available to eligible active duty and selected Reservists
 

Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to, service members who meet all Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility requirements, have completed six years of service, can commit to serving an additional four more years, and have registered their dependents in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System


POST-9/11 GI BILL FAQ's
What does the Post-9/11 GI Bill provide?
Post-9/11 GI Bill offers increased education benefits to veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Benefits are based on aggregate, honorable service, and include college tuition (up to a certain amount), a monthly housing stipend and an annual books/supplies stipend. Active duty and distance learning students may receive a pro-rated benefit. Eligible active duty service members and selected Reserve may choose to transfer benefits to DEERS-registered dependents, but stipulations apply and require eligibility determination by service component.

Who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
Everyone with at least 90 aggregate, active duty days of honorable service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, is eligible for benefits under the GI Bill. For full benefits, a member must have served at least 36 months active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Reserve and National Guard members with 3 years of aggregate, active duty service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, can also qualify for full GI Bill benefits. Eligibility stipulations and benefit details are available at base education offices and at http://www.gibill.va.gov.

When and how can service members and veterans apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill on May 1, 2009, on the DVA website or by mail. You should check the GI Bill website regularly to get the most up-to-date information about the program. You can sign up to receive an email alert by following the instructions at http://www.gibill.va.gov. (NOTE: Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are only payable for training pursued on or after Aug. 1, 2009; no payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date).

You should check the GI Bill website regularly to get the most up-to-date information about the program. You can sign up to receive an email alert by following the instructions on the DVA website.

NOTE: Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are only payable for training pursued on or after Aug. 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

Who is eligible for the transfer-to-dependent option?
The Post-9/11 GI Bill's transfer-to-dependent option is designed to help improve military recruiting retention and is only available to eligible active duty and Selected Reservists serving on or after Aug. 1, 2009. Eligibility requirements include service members who meet all Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility requirements, have completed six years of service, commit to serving an additional four more years, and have registered their dependents in DEERS. Selected Reservists must meet the same requirement as regular Air Force members, but should contact their service component for exact eligibility requirements.

TRANSFER OF BENEFITS POLICY CHANGE

The Department of Defense issued a substantive change today to its policy on the transfer by service members in the uniformed services of Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits to eligible family member recipients.

Effective one year from the date of this change, eligibility to transfer those benefits will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total active-duty or selected reserve service, as applicable.

Previously, there were no restrictions on when a service member could transfer educational benefits to their family members. The provision that requires a service member to have at least six years of service to apply to transfer benefits remains unchanged in the policy.

FOCUS ON RETENTION
“After a thorough review of the policy, we saw a need to focus on retention in a time of increased growth of the armed forces," said Stephanie Miller, director of accessions policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. “This change continues to allow career service members that earned this benefit to share it with their family members while they continue to serve.” 

This change is an important step to preserve the distinction of transferability as a retention incentive, she added.

If service members fail to fulfill their service obligation because of a “force shaping” event -- such as officers involuntarily separated as a result of being twice passed over for promotion or enlisted personnel involuntarily separated as a result of failure to meet minimum retention standards, such as high year of tenure -- the change will allow them to retain their eligibility to transfer education benefits even if they haven't served the entirety of their obligated service commitment through no fault of their own.

All approvals for transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill continue to require a four-year commitment in the armed forces and, more importantly, the member must be eligible to be retained for four years from the date of election, officials said.

The policy affects service members in the uniformed services, which includes the U.S. Coast Guard as well as the commissioned members of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.