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Can I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill to My Step-Daughter?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can I transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill to my Step-Daughter?

A: The short answer is it depends. The long answer is without more information, I can’t give you a definite yes or no, but I can layout the rules and let you make your decision.

First, to access the transfer option, you have to serve at least six years on active duty and agree to serve an additional four years. The Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer option was meant to be used as a retention tool, so once you are at the six-year mark, they use this incentive to encourage you to stay in the military on active duty.

Second, if you meet the above service requirement, you have to make the transfer request while you are still on active duty. Once you are retired, it is too late (at least for now). There is a bill in Congress – S3447, that would change that, if it passes.

Third, the dependent you are transferring to has to still be listed as your dependent in DEERS, so if your step-daughter is no longer listed because she is either over the maximum age limit in DEERS or already married, then you would not be able to transfer benefits to her either.

So, as you can see, there are several variables. Walk down through them and apply them against your personal situation. Soon you will see if you can make a Post 9/11 GI Bill education transfer request to your step-daughter or not.

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