By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Eligible Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) may qualify to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to dependents, officials said March 21.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Sailors must receive an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
"If you are selected for separation by the ERB and have ten years of qualifying service, before your separation date, you will be allowed to transfer your benefits to your eligible dependents," said Paul Wilder, the Navy's GI Bill program manager.
Under the current Post 9/11 GI Bill policy, qualified Sailors may elect to transfer all or a portion of their benefits to a spouse or child enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS). For transferability, Sailors must have served at least six years in the Armed Forces and agree to serve an additional four years, in most cases.
An exception to the additional four-year service obligation is outlined in NAVADMIN 203/09 and states that Sailors who elect to transfer benefits must have served at least 10 years in the Armed Forces and if either Navy, DoD policy or federal statute restricts the member from committing to four additional years, members must agree to serve the maximum amount of time allowed by that policy or statute.
"ERB Sailors without ten years of qualifying service must affiliate with the Reserves and commit to serving four years as a drilling Reservist to transfer their benefits," said Wilder. "There are no waivers for those who do not meet the ten year requirement or for those with less than ten years who choose not to become a Reservist."
Additional Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for all eligible Sailors or dependents under transferability include:
* All public school in-state tuition and fees.
* Up to $17,500 a year for private or out-of-state school annual tuition
* Entrance exam fee reimbursement.
* Monthly housing stipend for non active-duty students enrolled at least part-time.
* Annual book & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
"Approximately 100 ERB affected Sailors have already been approved for a transfer of their benefits," said Wilder. "Sailors who wish to transfer their benefits must do so before their separation date, so it's very important that they do not wait to apply."
More information on transferability can be viewed on the Post 9/11 GI Bill website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html and Sailors can apply for transferability of benefits at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB.
To read NAVADMIN 203/09 or for more information on benefits and eligibility requirements, read BUPERSNOTE 1780 on the NPC website at http://www.npc.navy.mil/CAREER/EDUCATION/GIBILL/Pages/default.aspx, or call the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.
Tranisition benefits are elements of the continuum of service area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
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