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When Can I Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Wife?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m currently on active duty and have a question about transferring the new GI Bill benefits to my wife. I received an ROTC scholarship which paid for school and have completed my 4-year obligation. Am I eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the transfer option to my wife? Thanks.

A: The answer is no to both questions concerning the eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and a transfer to your wife. Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill rules, the time served to pay back for ROTC scholarships, or CLRP does not count towards GI Bill eligibility because you can’t use the same time-frame for both purposes.

Once you met your 4-year ROTC obligation, then you started acquiring time toward your GI Bill eligibility. To get the minimum 40% benefit, you need to serve at least 90-days. The full 100% benefit requires at least three years of service.

However, to access the transfer option, so you could transfer benefits to your wife, you have to have served at least six years on active duty, be at the 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit level and agree to serve an additional four years. So if you are at the four-year mark now, you will have to serve an additional three years to get you to the 100% GI Bill level, sign-up for an additional four years, and then you should be able to make a transfer request to your wife as you will have seven years of active duty at that point.

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