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Am I Entitled to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Transfer Option to Transfer Benefits to My Child?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I enlisted in 1988 and ETS’d in 1991. I then used my G.I. Bill / Army College Fund to pay for a Bachelor’s degree. I re-entered service in 1998 as a commissioned officer, and am still serving. Am I entitled to the Post 9/11 GI Bill to transfer to my child?

A: You are, but it won’t be 36 months worth like you had under the Montgomery GI Bill. Under the Rule of 48, if you are eligible for two or more GI Bills, the most combined months of benefits that you can get is 48. So if you used 36 months before, then the most you could get under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and transfer to your daughter would be 12 months.

However, 12 months is better than nothing. To start the transfer process, be sure you have at least four years left on your enlistment. If you have less than four years until you are retirement eligible at 20 years of service, then you could have a lesser amount of additional required time left on your enlistment and still get your transfer request approved.

Once the request is approved, then your child has to request his/her Certificate of Eligibility from the eBenefits website by submitting VA Form 22-1990e. S/he will need to be at least graduated from high school or age 18 before requesting his/her certificate. A copy of it will have to be handed in when registering for school as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

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