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If I Understand Correctly, I Now Rate 25 Months of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have been active duty since Dec 1998 with no breaks in service. I used 11 months of MGIB benefits in 2005. If I understand correctly, I now rate 25 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. I want to transfer these benefits to my son but am not sure what benefits I rate; how to transfer them; and if it’s better to maintain the MGIB. This is the most useful site I’ve found on this subject. Thank you!

A: Well first, I’m glad that you found this site so useful – thank-you. Second, if your goal is to transfer benefits to your son, then you will have to switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, as the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) does not have a transfer option.

You do understand correctly. You started out with 36 months of MGIB benefits and you used 11 months of them, so you have 25 months of MGIB left. If you transfer to the Post 9/11 GI Bill with months of MGIB left, then you will get that same number of months under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

To make a transfer of benefits to your son, go to the milConnect website. Once there, click on the Transfer Your Education Benefits. Look for a transfer approval, by coming back occasionally and looking for a status of “Transfer Approved”. Then when your son is old enough, graduated from high school or age 18, he can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e (or whatever the process is at the time) to get his Certificate of Eligibility that he will need when enrolling in school. It can take 8 to 10 weeks to get a transfer request approved.

Before you make a transfer request, be sure you meet the past service requirement of having served for at least six years and the future one of having at least four years left on your enlistment at the time of the transfer request.

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