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An Update on the Post-9/11 GI Bill: Good Things to Know

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"To say the Army Family Covenant is doing 'something' is simply not good enough. To say we are helping it do the best possible things - the 'right things' - for the Army in Europe Family is our collective responsibility. This is true for all Soldiers and families across our Army."

- Lt. Col. Chris Farrell, special assistant to the commanding general, is providing oversight to The Army Family Covenant Assessment

Army Family Covenant survey located online

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"The focus in our previous class was more at the tactical level of war, our class now is more focused at the strategic and operational level of war. So at the end of day, the sergeant major and any non-commissioned officer have instant rapport with the enlisted soldier. A sergeant major from this class will understand the strategic goals of our country."

- Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, USASMA commandant, speaks about the shift in focus of curriculum redesigned to reflect today's military

U.S Army Sergeants Major Academy shifts focus of curriculum

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

August 2009

August 26: Women's Equality Day : See Women in the Army Web page

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

An Update on the Post-9/11 GI Bill: Good Things to Know

What is it?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has been in effect since August 1, 2009 and the interest among Soldiers and family members has been very high. Eligible Soldiers can use the benefit for themselves or transfer the benefit to their spouses or children. Soldiers and spouses who use the benefit while the Soldier is still on active duty will enjoy full payment of all their undergraduate or graduate courses and fees. For all others, up to 36 months of benefits will be paid based on a sliding scale linked to the Soldier's qualifying active-duty service since September 9, 2001. For more information and to apply for your Post- 9/11 GI Bill benefits, go to Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Web site. To transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children, go to Transfer of Education Benefits Web site.

How does this impact Soldiers?

As of August 5th, 7,500 Soldiers had already transferred benefits to their spouses or children. There are several good things to know about transferability:

● Remember, to qualify for transferability under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Soldiers must have served a combination of six years on active duty and/or in the selected reserve, and must commit to another four years. Soldiers with 17 or more years of service as of August 1, 2009 have shorter additional service obligations.

● Eligible dependents are spouses and dependent children in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and eligible for DEERS benefits when the request to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is submitted. Children can use transferred benefits until they turn 26, while spouses can use them until 15 years after the Soldier leaves active duty.

● Once you submit your request to transfer benefits, it should be processed within 24 to 48 hours. You won't get confirmation e-mail, so keep checking back at Transfer of Education Benefits. If there is a problem with your request, contact the appropriate office below:

Active-duty enlisted Soldiers: Speak to your career counselor

Active-duty officers Lt. Col. and below: Contact HRC Post

Active-duty Col.: Contact Colonel Officer Management Office

Active-duty general officers: Contact General Officer Management Office

All USAR: Contact USAR

All ARNG: Contact ARNG

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

To find out more about transferability and read the policy, go to DefenseLink Web site . Only active-duty or selected reserve Soldiers can transfer benefits. Retired Soldiers can't transfer benefits if they didn't choose that option while still on active duty or selected reserve.

Resources:

Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Web site

Army Quick Reference Guide on Transferring Benefits (PDF)

Army's Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Policy (PDF)

ASA (M&RA) Cover Memorandum Announcing Implementation (PDF)

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