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How Can I Transfer My GI Bill to My Daughter?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How can I transfer my GI Bill to my daughter?

A: The answer depends on several variables. First, it depends on which GI Bill you have. The Montgomery GI Bill does not have a benefits transfer option, so if you have the MGIB, that one is out.

If you have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it does have a benefits transfer option, but only if you are still on active duty. Once you are out, you lose the transfer option. The exact transfer eligibility criteria is you:

  • have to be on active duty on or after August 1, 2009;
  • have served for at least six years, of which at least three years has to be after September 10, 2001;
  • and you have to sign-up for an additional four years. Then you can access the transfer option website and make a request.

If you are within four years of retiring, the additional time required is prorated.

If you are already out, but you do meet the retirement eligibility criteria, you may get a change to make a transfer, if S3447 legislative bill passes. The bill does have a transfer clause in it, but we don’t know what the final language will look like to know if it would apply in your situation or not. Keep watching this website for more information on the bill.

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