The new Post 9/11 GI Bill entitles soldiers to transfer their education benefits to their dependents if they choose. The GI Bill education benefits can be transferred to a spouse or child if the soldier meets certain conditions.
Benefits can only be transferred to dependents who are enrolled in DEERS (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System).
- The soldier must have served a minimum of six years and reenlist for an additional four years in order to transfer benefits to dependents.
- If the soldier has served ten years and is precluded from reenlisting, he must serve out the maximum time he is allowed.
- Retirement before July 1, 2010 = no additional service
- Retirement before August 1, 2010 = one year of additional service
- Retirement after August 1, 2010 and before August 1, 2011 = two years of additional service
- Retirement after August 1, 2011 and before August 1, 2012 = three years of additional service
Transfer of Education Benefits
The soldier must apply through the Army to be approved to have benefits transferred to dependents. This can be completed online. Visit the VA’s GI Bill website for more details and links.
Applying for Benefits
After the approval has been given by the Army, the family member who is receiving benefits needs to complete VA Form 22-1990e that is available on the VA’s website. This form can be filled out online and submitted or printed and mailed to the VA office corresponding to the school address.