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How Is Time Calculated for Eligibility to Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: In regards to the eligibility to transfer benefits, how is time calculated? Is it only, active duty time, or is all time calculated? For instance, I was in the National Guard, but am now active. Since my original PEBD is September of 2007, does that mean I need to have served until September 2013 and agree to serve four more years, or will I have to serve 6 years on active duty and then agree to the additional four?

A: Actually the way the regulation reads, it is your time in the Armed Forces of America after September 10, 2001, which include active duty, National Guard and Reserves. Time that doesn’t count (at least for right now and there is some talk of changing it) is training time, until you get over 24 months of service and then it counts also.

So if you enlisted in Sep. 2007, you would have about 3 years and 10 months toward your six years of required service time. So yes, you should qualify to the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer of benefits option in Sep. 2013. Make sure your additional four-year commitment is in place before you submit a transfer request. The TEB website will let you enter in the months, but it will come back disapproved 8 to 10 weeks later, which is how much time it takes to get a transfer request processed.

One it is approved, then the recipient of the benefits can submit VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website and get his/her Certificate of Eligibility that is needed when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student using Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits.

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