Service members can no longer indefinitely transfer GI Bill benefits to family
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 17, 2018
The Department of Defense has changed the rules on when service members can transfer GI Bill benefits to eligible family members.
Beginning next year, service members with 16 or more years of service will no longer be able to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a spouse or a child.
Currently, there are no time restrictions on when a service member—who serves a minimum of six years and commit to an additional four years—can transfer educational benefits to their family members.
“After a thorough review of the policy, we saw a need to focus on retention in a time of increased growth of the Armed Forces," Stephanie Miller, director of Accessions Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, said in a news release, adding, “This change continues to allow career service members that earned this benefit to share it with their family members while they continue to serve…this change is an important step to preserve the distinction of transferability as a retention incentive.”
The transfer benefit, which will official go into effect July 12, 2018, will instead be used as a retention tool and not an entitlement.
“This change continues to allow career service members that earned this benefit to share it with their family members while they continue to serve," Miller said.