Already have the degree or schooling you want? Looking to help your family out with their education? If you are still on active duty you can transfer your benefits, but only to your wife or kids. Here are the restrictions and how it works:
- Benefits must be transferred to a spouse or child currently enrolled in DEERS.
- Soldier must have at least 6 but not more than 16 years of total creditable military service (active duty or selective reserve) based on the date of the transfer request (not processing date).
- Transfer requests can be processed on Milconnect.
- Purple Heart recipients can transfer benefits at any time.
We discussed eligibility and benefits for Post 9/11 GI in our last post. The program is highly beneficial and gives you and your family the opportunity to continue their education in a trade or traditional college or university. A few other facts worth considering:
Spouses may use the benefit immediately after the transfer. They are not eligible for the housing allowance while the service member is on active duty status. If the service member’s discharge is/was after January 1, 2013, there is no time limit for use. If the discharge date was prior to January 1, 2013, it must be used within 15 years of the SM’s last day on active duty.
Children may start to use the benefit only after the SM has completed 10 years of service. Children must have completed high school or received an equivalency diploma and are eligible for housing allowance while the SM is on active duty. They may not use the benefit after the age of 26, but are not restricted to the 15 year limitation regardless of SM’s last day on active duty.
This site provides a good resource if you have any further questions. Best of luck to you and your families! $