GI Bill Transferability Deadline Approaches for Some

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31, the Army will announce approximately 4,000 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), specifically E6-E9, who will be ineligible for re-enlistment. As the wife of a Senior Enlisted servicemember that decision stings … a lot. However, there isn’t a lot of time to sulk about what is happening because it is happening, and fast — and being a military family you need to make decisions as soon as possible. One

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of those decisions involves the Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer Education Benefit (TEB), which allows servicemembers to transfer their GI Bill school money to one of their dependents, such as their spouse or their child.

According to a new Army ALARACT message, once that date hits the calendar if your Soldier is one of the 4,000 he (or she) will no longer will eligible to do a GI bill transfer to you or your children. Because the transfer benefit is a nice to have, not an entitlement, it will be one of the many casualties of the Qualitative Service Program (QSP), the program formed last year to aide leadership in identifying NCOs for involuntary separation. In a memo dated March 13, 2012, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Gen. Ray Odierno, and Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler stated, “Tough decisions are ahead. Some fully qualified Soldiers will be denied reenlistment….Commanders must carefully assess their Soldiers and ensure only our best Soldiers are retained to meet the needs of our Army.”

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Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Idmtmedic

    Now the military should stop lowering the standards to get new enlistees to join if they are going to deny re-enlistments to seasoned vets. Something is very wrong with a soldier giving 10-15 years of his life and have no recourse while 4 year soldiers get re-enlistment bonuses.

    • idmedic,

      They have stopped lowering the standards as they did after Nam. Denying seasoned Soldiers Reenlistment has nothing to do with Enlistment Standards. There are 2 different standards, Enlistment and Reenlistment Standards.

    • Chris hall
      • Chris,


        • Idmtmedic

          Your argument holds no weight. If you are lowering the standards for new recruits then you are also lowering the standards for re-enlistees. Part and parcel. Forcing seasoned veterans out while pandering to less than acceptable recruits is a recipee for disaster. If you start with lower standards then that’s what you get for seasoned vets. NONE. Colleges have standards for a reason? Your argument is that two standards are ok? Quality soldiers are relative to demand? Then by virtue of your argument, Anyone should be allowed to serve. Quality is relative.

          • idmedic,

            LMMFAO, seems your argument is with DOD, not me THE MESSENGER.


  • Larry Sroka Sr

    Our Government has tendency to threaten to reduce or hold payment on a variety bills they owe such as military pay, Social Security payments, etc. Why is it then, that they never threaten to stop their own payroll or payment of medical benefits, etc. They should. Are they not working for the Citizens of the US or are they working for themselves. Why should everyone else suffer and not them ?

    • Jim

      I agree, but then they only work 3 days a week Monday 7 Friday are travel day to go back to their state and spreed the BS more. The money they earn has never been mentioed. Obama has now given all past president full Secert Serviice protection for life. Even Clinton lower that to only 10 years.If you received a job in Washing D C do you think that you would be allowed to go back home each week. They have so much for free that the american public should be very mad at them

      • KateKashman

        I’m curious, Jim. Would you prefer a representative who never returns to their home state? How do you imagine that representative will be able to actually represent their constituents? Just wondering.

        • Trip

          By only receiving pay for the days in session thats how. Are they really representing their constituents anyway? Did you know if you are elected to Congress for just one term – you receive pension for life!!! How about using the 170 Million in aide to Syria (which they will use to no doubt attack U.S. personnel) and putting into Military Benefits for personnel.

      • catsissie

        I like seeing my Representative and Senators come back to the home digs, especially my Representative, who is the closest person I have to speak for me in D.C. That’s what I vote for her to do. But I could agree that one more day in the Capitol would be good. I know it’s a lot of work, but the salary, per diem, and perks are pretty healthy, too. Why not put forth a petition for one more day in D.C.? There is a place on the WH website you can do that.

    • Larry Sroka Sr,

      You somewhat correct, but it isn’t so much as the Government as a whole, it’s some of our Leaders.

      Just a note though, there has been 17 Government shutdowns, and they have yet to effect the Soldiers pay. The only people ever in history that have be laid off/furloughed were some federal workers, but, in the end, they were all paid for the time they were furloughed. No one lost a dime.


  • Jamie

    My husband had to retire at 39 last year, if u dont make Chief at 20 years for certain rates ,you cant stay in. Sad because he was a great Sailor. he gets retirement for E6 and a pitiful 20% disability rating, all for migraines and a missing finger which on one of his deployments he lost 3 fingers, but they re attached 2. Then they take the disability from his retirement and it isnt extra money because of that. They should give all our disabled military men and women the full amount and NOT deduct it from their retirement, I believe they do that for those with less than 60% disability, which is pathetic ! They served and they got hurt, give them their money. And a year after retirement, husband has no job and we are going to lose our small little 250,000 house to a sale in March. WE dont qualify for a modification or any help, Nobody to help us or our family when we need help . But Congress sure lives well..

  • Bergmeister

    Has anyone sat down and figured out just how much money goes to our Congress elected officials who only have to serve one term (4) years inorder to recieved ” Full retirement, Full medical.” I’m pretty sure they dont have to use Tri-Care which is constantly doing less and less for our retired Military members. Something is just not right. While a service member MUST give at least 20 only to recieve only 50% of his base pay.

    • Bergmeister,

      If what you’ve posted were actually true!


      Retirement Benefits for Members of Congress

      Katelin P. Isaacs
      Analyst in Income Security
      November 30, 2012…

      Health Benefits for Members of Congress

      And about Tricare doing less and less for our retired Military members is also untrue. I recieve numerous news letter from various government sites, and what I’ve seen, Tricare is forced to take on more and more in benefits for us, not less.

  • Larry Shook USAF Ret

    Members of Congress DO NOT get retirement for life after one term or even two terms. Their retirement system is either CSRS or FERS depending on when they were first elected. Please do some fact checking. Having said that I know that most of them are just self serving career politicians whose greatest concern is staying in office.

  • ssg scott

    During ASCAP they told us to transfer our GI Bill ,whichever one you picked,to your children on the website and giving up one to use the other /this is 60-90 days from retirement/now 2 yes later I found out they denied that transfer 3 months after I retired! When we receive a letter denying him benefits at that time I am told it is too late because I am already out and you have to show 4yrs after you apply to transfer them.we were never told this it should be said at formations ‘yearly briefings,and every time you reup! I have over 20yrs and was told nothing of any reason why my children couldn’t getit