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Who Do I Talk to If I Want to Switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I want to switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Who is the point of contact I can talk to in person (AD ARMY)? I want to transfer it to my son in 11 years but I’m also thinking about using it to get my IT degree. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!

A: If you want to talk to somebody, see your Education Office Counselor on post, however, I can give you the basics of transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits right here.

First, to get a transfer request approved, you have to meet the three Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility service requirements – past, present and future. The past requirement is you have to have served for at least six years on a Title 10 order of which serving on active duty for at least that number of years fulfills that requirement.

Second, you have to be currently serving at the time you make the transfer request. And third, you have to have at least four years left on your enlistment at the time of your request.

Once you have fulfilled the three requirements, then you can go to the milConnect website and follow the instructions in the Transfer of Benefits section. Keep checking back at the TEB website and look for the status change from “Transfer Pending” to “Transfer Approved”.

Once your transfer has been approved (which can take up to 10 weeks), then when your son is ready to start school, he can go to the eBenefits website (or whatever is the website at that time) and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get his Certificate of Eligibility that he would need when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student.

Keep in mind you only have 36 months of benefits, so the more months you use for yourself, the less you will have left to transfer to your son. Being you are still on active duty, I would use the Tuition Assistance/ Tuition Top-Up program to help get your IT degree as that would preserve the most benefits for your son.

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