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Can I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits with Less Than Four Years Left on My Enlistment?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Good morning! I have 6 months and 28 days remaining on my Post 9/11 GI Bill that I haven’t used yet. I wish to transfer this to my spouse. I entered active duty Army 11/03-11/07Army Reserves: 07/08- present. My current STRAP US ARMY officer obligation ends DEC 2015, just short of 4 remaining years…. can I add a few months on and transfer these benefits to my spouse? Thanks!

A: If you are within four years of reaching your 20-year mark, then you don’t need a full four years left on your enlistment to transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. You just have to ensure your current enlistment takes you up to the 20-year mark at the time you make your transfer request or do an extension that takes you up to retirement.

It looks like you meet the six-year past service requirement, so once your enlistment/extension is in place, then go to the milConnect website. Once inside, you will see your spouse’s record.

Just enter in the number of months you wish to give her. After you submit the request, keep coming back around 8 to 10 weeks later and look for the status to have changed to “Request Approved”. Once you see that happen, then your spouse can go to the eBenefits website and request her Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e.

When she enrolls in school, she will need her certificate so her school knows she is using Post 9/1 GI Bill benefits.

When she starts using her benefits, her tuition and fees should be paid directly to her school by the VA and she will get a book stipend once each semester and a housing allowance once each month.

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