GI Bill Transfer Comes with Obligation

NGAUS Washington Report

(July 23, 2013) Guard members who want to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a family member after Aug. 1 will be required to spend six more years in uniform. Active-component members will have a four-year obligation.

The Army Times explained the benefit this week.

The benefit is open to service members who have at least six years of service. The benefit can be transferred to a spouse or dependent children, or both, but family members must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System, or DEERS, to qualify.

A spouse may use the benefit up to 15 years after the service member separates from the service. Children can use the benefit only after the parent has completed 10 years of service. They can use the benefit until their 26th birthday.

For more information, go to www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html.