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Can My Father Transfer His GI Bill to Me If He Was in the Reserves?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hi. My question is to whether or not my father is able to transfer his G.I. Bill to me. He left the military in 2008 or 2009, and has not used his Montgomery G.I. Bill for anything. However, he says he does not believe he can transfer it to me for my education because he was in the reserves. I was wondering if this was true and what could possibly be hindering him from being able to transfer the bill to me. Much appreciated.

A: There are basically a couple of things “hindering” your father from transferring his benefits to you. First, because he was in the Reserves, he most likely had the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR). With that GI Bill, if he served over 10 years, it automatically expired at the end of his 10th year. If he served less than 10 years, it expired when he got out.

Second, even when he did have it while he was in the Reserves, it did not have a transfer-of-benefits option to it. Only he alone could use its benefits.

If he had the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill from previous active duty service, it does not have a transfer-of-benefits option either.The only GI Bill he could have transferred to you was if he had deployed on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation, such as Iraq or Afghanistan.

And the way that GI Bill is written, in order to transfer his Post 9/11 GI Bill to you, he had to be serving “on or after August 1, 2009”, had served for at least 6 years and agree to serve an additional 4 years at the time of transfer. So even if your father has the Post 9/11 GI Bill, he can’t make a transfer of benefits to you because he is already retired.

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