Magazine article VFW Magazine

New GI Bill Transfer Rules Require Six Years

Magazine article VFW Magazine

New GI Bill Transfer Rules Require Six Years

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The Defense Department in July released new guidelines regarding the ability to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to dependents. The new policy regarding transfers will go into effect in one year, so there still is time for service members to make decisions regarding this benefit.

Under these changes, service members must serve a minimum of six years, but no more than 16 years. Troops approved for a transfer of benefits must serve an additional four years. In a news release, the Pentagon stated that the new rules reflect a "focus on retention."

VFW recommends that active-duty troops who are unsure of how to use their GI Bill benefits transfer one month of eligibility to their spouses or dependents before they lose the ability to do so.

"Service members who transfer benefits to their spouses or dependents will have the ability to adjust the amount of months each beneficiary receives, even after service members have passed the 16-year mark or are discharged from military service," said Patrick Murray, associate director of VFW's National Legislative Service. …

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