Transferring GI Bill Benefits to a Spouse and/or Dependents:
Service Members who qualify for Ch 33 are able to transfer their benefits to their spouse and/or dependents. Depending on what portion of their GI Bill benefits they have already exhausted, Service Members can transfer up to 36 months of benefits. Service Members who have transferred their benefits may modify or revoke their election at any time.
Guidelines to transfer benefits
· Only current members of the Armed Forces can transfer their GI Bill benefits to their spouse and/or dependents. By law, Veterans who are no longer in the Armed Forces cannot transfer their benefits to their spouse and/or dependents unless they fall into a specific category. Click on Rules for Retired Service Members for more information.
· Service Members must qualify for the Ch 33 GI Bill in order to transfer benefits.
· Service Members cannot be flagged for unsat.
· The family member(s) must be in DEERS.
Required additional Service Obligation
· To transfer benefits to their spouse, Service Members must have already served at least 6 yrs in the Armed Forces and obligate to an additional 4 yrs of service.
· To transfer benefits to their dependents, Service Members must have already served at least 6 yrs in the Armed Forces and obligate to an additional 4 yrs of service. Note that dependents cannot use any benefits until the Service Member has completed at least 10 yrs of service.
AS OF 01 AUGUST 2013 ANY SERVICE MEMBER WHO SUBMITS A REQUEST TO TRANSFER THEIR GI BILL BENEFITS TO THEIR SPOUSE AND/OR DEPENDENTS MUST OBLIGATE TO AN ADDITIONAL 4-YEARS OF SERVICE BEFORE THEIR REQUEST WILL BE APPROVED. SERVICE MEMBERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE THEIR SERVICE OBLIGATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO RECOUPMENT OF ANY TRANSFERRED BENEFITS THAT WERE USED.