More Reservists Now Eligible For Post-9/11 GI Bill

Army reservists in classroom

 A recent decision by the Department of the Army Human Resources Command has made a more reservists eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

On February 10 MILPER message 17-059 was issued, stating that reservists who had certain types of active duty after September 10, 2001 may now use that time to qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill under 10 USC 12301(d). That new active duty time includes:

  • Active Duty for Training (ADT),
  • Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW)
  • Active Duty for Operational Support - Reserve Component (ADOS-RC)

These new qualifying types of service also qualify reservists for the ability to transfer their GI Bill entitlement to their dependents.

According to the Army, this qualifying service includes school training, special training, branch officers basic course, and officer initial military training.

Reservists and veterans should review their records in the Reserve Component Manpower System self-service site, or contact their Unit Administrator, or Reserve Personnel Administration Center to verify that all qualifying ADT, ADSW, ADOS-RC time has been added to their record. Soldiers and veterans claiming to have served more qualifying ADT, ADSW, and ADOS-RC after September 10, 2001 than is documented in the RCMS ADOS table should submit their orders and pay account documentation for review or update as necessary.

New Eligibility to Transfer Education Benefits USAR Soldiers with at least 90 days of Post 9/11 GI Bill qualifying service, including the new qualifying service listed above, after September 10, 2001 may submit a Transfer of Education Benefits request via the milConnect website.USAR Soldiers must have four years from the transfer request date remaining in service. Those who submitted a request to transfer their education benefits before October 1, 2016 and were rejected because they had less than 90 days of qualifying service will have their requests reviewed again by the HRC Education Incentives Team.  Following a review, the HRC Education Incentives Team will contact the Soldier/Veteran to inform them either of a change from "rejected" to "approved" status, or whether the transfer request will continue to remain in a "rejected" status. No action is necessary on your part. 

For more information about these programs see our Post-9/11 GI Bill overview page and our Transfer of Benefits details page.

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