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How Soon Can I Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Daughter?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: What is the fastest way to make sure I qualify and how soon can I transfer it to my daughter. I hit 20 years this July. I paid into the old GI Bill while on active duty Marine Corp 1987-1992. Served with the M-day NG from 1992-2001 and 2005-Present AGR Recruiter for the Army National Guard.

A: Your old GI Bill really doesn’t effect anything as that expired in 2002. The Montgomery GI Bill has a 10-year delimiting date where if you do not use it within 10 years from your date of discharge, you lose the education benefit.

You AGR time only back to August 1, 2009 counts. Until the passage of GI Bill 2.0, none of your AGR time would have counted. So counting from 2009 forward, you will have around 24 months of eligibility on your AGR anniversary, which puts you at the 80% mark. So another year from your anniversary date and you will be 100% vested in the program.

As a Reservist or National Guardsman, you could transfer entitlements to your daughter with less than 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility, however she would inherit the same percentage rate as what you currently have. Just know that she would not be able to start using her transferred benefits until October 1st. That was the “magic” date set by Congress as to when AGR who gain their Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility by serving in the AGR program could start using their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

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