GI Bill Transfer Exception to Policy Expires 12 JAN 2020

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The Department of Defense exception to policy (ETP) that extends the ability of service members with over 16 years of service to transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to their dependents expires on 12 January 2020. As outlined in NAVADMIN 178/19, as of 12 July 2019, any member who has greater than 16 years of service will no longer be eligible to transfer education benefits to their dependents.

The good news is that these changes DO NOT impact Servicemembers who previously submitted and have an approved Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) application in the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) milConnect web portal at

Eligible Servicemembers who have served 16 or more years may transfer Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits to their eligible dependents until 12 January 2020 with an additional 4-year service obligation on Active Duty or in the Selected Reserve (SELRES).

Who isn’t eligible? (NOT an exhaustive list, just most common reasons):

  1. Approved retirement or fleet reserve. – Can’t obligate the required four
  2. LIMDU, Medboard, etc. have not been found fit for full duty and are not retainable for four years.
  3. Less than four years to high year tenure (HYT) date or statutory retirement.

***There are ZERO exceptions for the 4-year additional service obligation.***

One thought on “GI Bill Transfer Exception to Policy Expires 12 JAN 2020

    Sara Serio said:
    July 25, 2021 at 13:39


    I am frustrated because I have served 29 years in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) with one deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2007-2008. Years ago, I thought I transferred the 9/11 Post GI Bill to my four daughters. However, when I checked it said that I am no longer eligible to do so. This is unfair and ridiculous. What do you recommend that I do to rectify this situation? I retire from the USAR on 13 August 2021.


    LTC Sara A. Serio


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