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Is It Possible to Transfer Part of My GI Bill to My Wife?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello I joined the Army in July 1999 and got out in 2006 with an Honorable discharge. I want to know if it possible to transfer part of my GI Bill to my wife?

A: Generally speaking, no it isn’t an option at the present time. If you have the Montgomery GI Bill, then most likely you do not have a transfer option. Some servicemembers were able to “buy” transfer rights from their reenlistment packages starting in 2006, but not many did. To purchase this option, you would have had to reenlist, which obviously you did not.

If you have the Post 9/11 GI Bill (which you qualify for), the way Congress wrote the rules for this GI Bill is you had to be on active duty “on or after August 1, 2009″. But you wouldn’t have qualified for the transfer option because those rules read you have to be on active duty for at least six years and extend for an additional four years before you can access the transfer option.

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