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Pentagon Slashes GI Bill Transfer Eligibility Window

July 15, 2018

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Troops with 16 or more years of service will no longer be permitted to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a spouse or child starting next year, Defense Department officials announced Thursday.

Currently, troops who serve a minimum of six years and commit to serving an additional four years are eligible to transfer the education benefit to their dependents. Some who agree to the four years but are barred from completing it, such as troops who are injured and medically discharged, are permitted to keep the transfer. Others who start the process after getting injured can request a waiver so the transfer can go through.

But starting July 12 of next year, troops will need to start the GI Bill benefit transfer process between six and 16 years of service, the policy update states.

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Thanks for Gordon Lau and two other Retiree News readers for sending in this article. Guardmembers who earned GI Bill benefits during deployments should insure they understand these changes.

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