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Is My Wife Eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I enlisted in the military in September 03, 1998 and I got out March 15, 2008. All those years were active duty. As a question, is my wife eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer?

A: No she isn’t. According to the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer rules, you would have to have made your transfer request “on or after 1 August 2009” as the Bill rules read, plus you did not have enough service time to qualify anyway.

Before you could make a transfer request, even if you were still on active duty, you would have had to serve at least six years (which you had) and sign up for an additional four years. If you were within four years of being retirement eligible (20 years or more), then the amount of additional time required would have been prorated down from something less than four years down to no additional time required.

It all depends on how many years you have left until you are retirement eligible. They use the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer option as a retention tool to try and to keep servicemembers in the military by offering you the transfer option as a carrot-on-a-stick incentive to stay.

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