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Is It True I Have to Wait Another Two Years Before I Can Go Back to School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello! My husband has been in the Air Force for the last four years and he has two left on his contract. He’s planning on re-enlisting. I was to go back to school but I have heard that I have to wait for another two years before I can go back. Is this true or can we start the process now so I can start next fall. Thank you for the help.

A: Yes it is true and you would have to wait two years if you want to use his Post 9/11 GI Bill to fund your education. The way the transfer of benefits option works is the serving member must meet three service requirements before s/he can get a transfer of benefits request approved:
• Have served for at least six years since September 10, 2001.
• Currently serving at the time of the transfer request.
• Have at least four years left on his/her enlistment at the time the transfer request is made.
If the serving member is within four years of being “retirement eligible” – having at least 20 years of service, then the additional enlistment time is reduced.

Once your husband is eligible to make a Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement transfer to you, he can go to the milConnect website and make his request. Once approved, and it can take 8 to 10 weeks for him to see the status change to “Transfer Approved”, then you have to go to the eBenefits website and request your Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e. You need it when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

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