Army Senior Enlisted Members Need to Transfer GI Bill Benefits by Jan 31, 2013

Posted by Kelli McKinney

Change to GI Bill transfer education benefitIn a few days, the Army will announce the approximately 4,000 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) E6-E9 who will be ineligible to re-enlist. With the very real possibility of this life-changing announcement, many military families need to make some hard decisions quickly.

One of those decisions is with regard to the Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer Education Benefit (TEB). This benefit enables servicemembers to transfer their GI Bill school money to a dependent spouse or child.

As of January 31, 2013, if you or your servicemember is one of the 4,000 suddenly unable to re-enlist, they are also suddenly ineligible for the TEB.

If you believe your servicemember will be on that list, now is the time to determine which family member would benefit the most from education benefits.

Because the DoD considers the TEB as a bonus and not an entitlement, it will be one of the many casualties of the Qualitative Service Program (QSP), the program formed to help identify NCOs for involuntary separation.

From the Army communication dated 13 January 2013:

(Soldiers identified by the QSP Board) “…will no longer be eligible to transfer their chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) benefits to their dependents if they chose not to do so PRIOR to 31 Jan 13.”

Soldiers who have engaged in the last 11 years of multiple warfronts and a continued cycle of deployment are being forced to discharge. This can mean dealing with feelings of insecurity on many fronts:  finances, career options, and future education. Putting a plan in place and taking action to prepare yourself and your family will help ease this potential discomfort. You must act now to prepare for these changes – start with learning how to transfer your education benefits.

For alternative sources of funding for military spouses’ education, check out this page.

 

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