The Post-9/11 GI Bill and Changes to Transferability
This August marked the fourth anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, first instituted on August 1, 2009. The bill provides comprehensive educational benefits to military personnel, and has been helping those service members and their families for the past four years.
Those educational benefits translate to allowances for tuition, books and other education-related expenses. In addition, service members have the option to transfer their GI Bill benefits to their family members and spouses.
However, since that anniversary there has been a slight change to the transferability of the GI Bill, specifically for soldiers in the army. Effective August 1, 2013 when a soldier chooses to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a family member, they are required to serve an additional four years, regardless of their time served.
While most soldiers were already subject to this condition already, some soldiers who were reaching retirement could have earned an exemption. However that will no longer be the case. Any and all transfers will result in an additional four years of service.
If for any reason a service member is unable to serve the additional four years incurred by a transfer of benefits, they may be required to pay back the benefits used. But there are circumstances where that will not be the case. Learn more about the recent Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy changes here.