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With Four Years in the Reserves, Will I Be Able to Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Q: I am currently an active duty Soldier with ten years of service and an ETS date of 25 Jun 2011. I have enlisted in the Reserves for two years. If I enlist in the Reserves for an additional two years for a total of four, will I be eligible to transfer my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my dependents?

A: Yes, you should qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer option. Normally, for Reservists and National Guardsmen to get the transfer option, they have to serve on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation for a minimum of 91 days after September 10, 2001, but in your case with coming into the Reserves already with 10 years of qualifying Post 9/11 GI Bill service, all you should need it the four-year commitment.

Just a word of caution – be sure your additional two-year commitment has posted before you make a transfer request. Because if it has not, then your transfer request will get denied. The system will let you input the months you wish to transfer, so you won’t see the problem from your input end.

Since it takes 8 to 10 weeks for a transfer request to get actioned, you would lose that time and have to start all over with the transfer process again. Do it in the correct order the first time and it will go smoother.

Once the transfer request is approved, then your recipient can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get his/her Certificate of Eligibility that is needed when enrolling in school.

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