Congress gave the Defense Department broad authority to set the rules for transferring the benefits as a tool to induce retention or reenlistment in the Armed Forces including the National Guard and Reserves. The Post-9/11 GI Bill program begins on Aug. 1, 2009.
The transfer program will work as follows, assuming an individual has qualifying Post-9/11 service in the Armed Forces -- active duty or service in the Selected Reserve.
To be eligible to transfer to a spouse or child, a member must:
- Have served at least 6 years in the Armed Forces on the date of
election and agree to serve four additional years from that date; or
- Have at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces on the date of election and be precluded from committing to four additional years by law or Service/DOD policy. For example, service members subject to high-year tenure rules and who have 10 years' service at the time of election would be eligible
Service members are required to obligate 4 additional years in military
service, NOAA Corps, or PHS from the date of election in order to be
eligible to transfer their education benefits.
Service members unable to obligate 4 additional years of service
from the date of election will be unable to transfer their benefits to
their dependants. Refer to ALCGPSC 072/13 for complete details.