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News - 2011
Sailors Explore Transferability as Post 9/11 GI Bill Start Date Approaches 

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager,
Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Navy released guidance and transferability policy July 13, for Sailors who wish to use Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to pay for their family member’s college education.

Transferability under the Post 9/11 GI Bill is a recruiting and retention tool. While a Sailor may be eligible for education benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, generally the option to transfer a Sailor’s unused benefits to a family member requires an additional service commitment in the Armed Forces, according to NAVADMIN 203/09.

“I think a lot of people are excited to have the opportunity to transfer benefits. The NAVADMIN lists a lot of information addressing eligibility and service obligation requirements so if you are interested in transferring your benefits, start there first,” said Kathy Wardlaw, the Navy’s GI Bill program manager.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which goes into effect Aug. 1, qualifying Sailors may elect to transfer all or a portion of their benefits to a spouse or child enrolled in Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS) and eligible for benefits. 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.

The NAVADMIN outlines exceptions to the additional four-year service obligation, which includes Sailors currently eligible for retirement within four years of the Post 9/11 GI Bill start date.

“It's a huge step in the right direction for Sailors to be able to transfer their GI Bill benefits. Upon my retirement, my son will be quickly approaching college years. Being able to transfer my GI Bill to him will take a load off of our wallet,” said Yeoman 1st Class (SW) Shontay Bond, assigned to Navy Recruiting Command.

The basic steps for transferring benefits are:

  • Talk with the chain of command or career counselor to determine service obligation.
  • Ensure the required service obligation is reflected in the Electronic Service Record at
  • Request to transfer benefits at the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) Web site at . This step may only be completed while in the armed forces (active duty or selected reserves).
  • Check the DMDC website for your application status. Once approved, go to VA's website to the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) .  Follow the instructions to create user name and password. After account is created, select "Create New Form" from drop-down and choose VA Form 22-1990e.
  • VA will verify eligibility and provide a certificate of eligibility to the family member designated to receive the benefits.
  • Family members will take the certificate of eligibility to the college and complete appropriate documentation to receive Post 9/11 benefits. 

“The number one reason for rejected applications is the lack of sufficient obligated service or Page 13 not reflecting in a Sailor’s electronic service record. Sailors should verify the information is there, before applying for transferability,” said Wardlaw.

Additional information including a check list and FAQ sheet is available at the Navy Personnel Command Web site at


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