Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability

What is Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability ?

The new Post 9/11 GI Bill, which went into effect on August 1, 2009, provides education benefits for servicemembers who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty servicemembers.

Who is eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability ?

Any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and:

  • Has at least 6 years of service in the Armed Forces on the date of election and agrees to serve 4 additional years in the Armed Forces from the date of election.
  • Has at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces (active duty and/or selected reserve) on the date of election, is precluded by either standard policy (service or DoD) or statute from committing to 4 additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute, or
  • Is or becomes retirement eligible during the period from August 1, 2009, through August 1, 2013.  A service member is considered to be retirement eligible if he or she has completed 20 years of active duty or 20 qualifying years of reserve service.
    • For those individuals eligible for retirement on August 1, 2009, no additional service is required.
    • For those individuals who have an approved retirement date after August 1, 2009, and before July 1, 2010, no additional service is required.
    • For those individuals eligible for retirement after August 1, 2009, and before August 1, 2010, 1 year of additional service after approval of transfer is required.
    • For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after August 1, 2010, and before August 1, 2011, 2 years of additional service after approval of transfer are required.
    • For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after August 1, 2011, and before August 1, 2012, 3 years of additional service after approval of transfer required.

How to Apply Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability ?

First you must go to the DoD transferability application website to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. This website is only available to military members.

Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by completing VA Form 22-1990e.  VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to VA by the family member after DoD has approved the request for TEB.  Do not use VA Form 22-1990e to apply for TEB.

To learn more about the electronic version of VA Form 22-1990e

To learn more about the paper version of VA-Form 22-1990e