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Can My Husband Transfer His Post 9/11 GI Bill to Me With Only Three Years of Service?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello. My husband has been in the Army for 3 years now, he’s wanting to transfer his GI Bill to me so I can finish school. Would that be possible and if so, how do we start?

A: Right now that would not be possible and here is why. The Post 9/11 GI Bill has two sets of rules as far as using its benefits. For the servicemember, s/he has to serve for at least three years after September 10, 2001. At that point the servicemember is fully vested at the 100% tier and can use the benefits.

However, to transfer benefits to a spouse or dependent, the servicemember must have served for at least six years, be currently serving at the time of the transfer request, and have at least four years left on his/her enlistment. So your husband is halfway to his six-year requirement.

Once he has the time in, he can make a transfer request by going to the milConnect website and entering into your record how many months he wishes to transfer to you. Once approved, you can go to the eBenefits website and request your Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e.

If you would like to start school now, and if your husband is an E-5 or less, a W1 or W2 or an O1 or O2, you could use the MyCAA program to work on:
• an associate’s degree;
• licensure or;
• certification program.

You can get up to $4,000 and have up to three years to finish your program. By that time, your husband would then be eligible to make a transfer request to you so you could continue your schooling.

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