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At What Percentage of Disability Can I Transfer My GI Bill to My Children?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: At what percentage of disability can I transfer my GI Bill to my children? Do I need to change it from the MGIB to the Post 9-11 for them to use their benefits?

A: If you are just talking about transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your children, it isn’t based on a disability percentage at all. As long as you:
• have served for at least six years and
• are currently serving at the time of transfer and
• have at least four years left on your enlistment (unless you are retirement eligible at the time of transfer) or
• have at least 10 years in and are precluded from continuing your service due to statutory requirements (of which a service-connected disability should satisfy that requirment), you can make a transfer request.

As far as if you have to transfer from the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) to the Post 9/11 GI Bill to make a transfer, it happens automatically at the time you make a transfer request because the MGIB doesn’t have a transfer of benefits option.

If you meet the above transfer eligibility requirements, then go to the TEB website and enter into your childrens’ records the number of months you want to transfer. If their records are grayed out and it won’t let you enter anything, it means you are not eligible to make a transfer request. Most likely the reason would be you don’t have four years left on your enlistment. Once you figure out what caused the graying out, try again.

So as you can see, being able to transfer benefits isn’t based on a disability percentage at all – it is based on Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility and service requirements.

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