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The Army has announed a new pilot program which would allow enlisted Soldiers who are serving in critically-manned MOSs and who agree to reenlist, to transfer up to one half of their Active Duty Mongtomery G.I. Bill (ADMGIB) benefits to their spouses.

To qualify, Soldiers must have served for at least six years, reenlist for a minimum of four years, and be qualified for a Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB). Qualified Soldiers will be able to tranfer up to 18 months of their 36 months of education benefits. If soldiers choose this option, they will receive a slightly lower SRB amount.
Though the requirements for transferring benefits to your spouse are pretty steep, this still sounds like a great offer for someone who wan's to put their spouse through school.

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posted at 08:55:16 on 07/24/06 - Category: All Branches

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Jerry wrote:

More B.S. on military pay and benefits. What is the problem with a spouse being able to use the benefit. If you were enlisted and got the GI bill and now you're an officer, shouldn't you still be able to use it? You can, but spouses of only enlisted? And then of only certain jobs. You have a fixed amount and when it's gone, it's gone. Stop the stick and carrot. I gave the money as told to put into the program. I was told i'd have a certain amount to use and a time period to use it. What's the big deal! Bottomline...I want a square deal that lets anyone use their GI bill for themselves or their spouse within the current pay tables and timeline. I was promised the money so let me have it
Posted on 10/16/06 20:33:37

Roslyn wrote:

I agree with Jerry! I am a appalled at the blatant disregard the Army has shown to their enlisted and officer personnel. Other armed services such as; the Navy, and Airforce do not have such steep stipulations in regard to the GI BILL, and to make matters worse Another, irrationality to these requirements is that it does not include personell who are permenent and cannot reenlist, Is this how our Government thank Soldiers who have served unconditionally? I am the spouse of a committed Army Soldier who believes in serving his Country to the best of his abilities, and he intends to serve 20+ years and already has 11years unders his belt. He does not intend to use his GI Bill, and would rather pass it on to me, currently i am enrolled in college to get my BA in Psychology and the GI benifit would be a great help to us. I hope that more people will speak out about this, and make the Army give explanations and accounts for their decisions that affect thousands of soldiers.

Food for thought:

The transfering of the GI BILL to spouses was supppose to be an incenitive, for reducing the 2007 pay increases, an incenitive should benifit the majority, not only a few.
Posted on 11/15/06 16:32:44

Julie wrote:

To Roslyn:
I more than understand what you are going through, I myself am a spouse and working on my teaching degree, but I think that this is a good step that the army is taking. It's a pilot program, it is not going to be perfect. But about that other branches... they do not even have a program like this. The Navy, Marines, and Air Force... non of them have anything that lets them transfer GI BILL benefits, under any circustance. So we are a little further along than they are. And the Army has no hard stipulations for the soldier to use it, just the spouse. So before you go compare the Army to some other branch, get your facts straight. And just so you know, I have no idea if I am eligible, my husband has couple years before he can reenlist again, so we will have to see. I think that the army is making a good mone.
Posted on 01/07/07 16:35:59

USAF Retired wrote:

maybe they don't want us tp transfer it to our children, because then they would go to college instead of enlisting to get their own GI Bill they can use
Posted on 01/26/07 18:03:19

Lynn wrote:

I was enlisted and then became an officer. I use my GI bill as an officer to complete my BS. I was injured in 04, medically retired at 16 years and have a 100% VA rating. I am unable to return to school indef. and have 3/4 of my GI Bill unused. I would like to transfer it to my husband who has been accepted to medical school. I paid into the program, I feel entitled to transfer the funds as one can do with a 529 to any family member. This pilot is a very good idea, however I do believe they should widen the scope and allow the soldier the choice to transfer to thier spouse on thier terms. Many soldiers use TA and end up completing their degree before ever using their GI Bill, the family should benefit. Just my thoughts.
Posted on 05/10/07 20:53:58

Samantha wrote:

I am a military spouse & I want to go back to school! why can't I? My husband earned that money & he should be able to give it to me & his kids!
Posted on 05/16/07 18:04:36

angry Solider wrote:

This is crazy, how about you give all service members with children good child care and good healt care. Let my spouse use the GI bill and let me use the money how I want and need.
Posted on 05/30/07 22:09:41

Cindy wrote:

Military spouses are still eligible for multiple scolarships through schools and other sources, so until any "deals" are worked out, don't forget to fill out the financial aid form and apply for as many scholarships as possible. I'm still paying off my student loans, and it would be nice to use my husband's GI Bill to help pay them back, but there are still ways to pay for your education yourself. Lots of us are doing it.
Posted on 06/12/07 11:32:10

Vet wrote:

Anyone who does not use their GI Benefit for themselves is not quite right in the head. It is sad people do not wish to use the benefit they have given time from their lives to recieve and to say you are "never going to use it" is pretty lame
Posted on 07/03/07 14:52:48

Sarcasm calm down wrote:

What's the gov't scared of? If spouses were allowed to use the service member's GI Bill, a bunch of em' might run out and git an edukation. Just imagine an anti-war group of wives with a college education. Now that is scary!
Posted on 07/11/07 00:23:25

Contact General Cody wrote:

Ok Alot of this is BULL**** everyone is right we all gave $1200 out of our own pocket to get this, then the army pockets our money because they know that only 10% use the gi bill and when it comes down to it they haft to find the money to support this program there for if 100% of soldiers used there gi bill then they would really be screwed. But in regards to grants and TA well lets just say the army only helps the soldier with TA not the wife and when she applys for grants you make to much money in the army that she cant get approved for grants and it all falls down to we make to much because im an E-3 and she works its what you haft to do these days to get by and then when grants fall threw why cant she use my GI bill, Just another way for the army to screw the pooch again.
Posted on 07/26/07 11:32:27

13 more months wrote:

But to keep you updated i know that SGM Preston who is the SGM of the army if you didnt know, has thrown it out there that he is trying to get it to if you have the GI BIll that your spouse or your kids can have it transfered for free just becasue you have it, but we as soldiers run into a brick wall here as well, our president has used so much funding in this war on terrorism that the goverment cant even fund the war anymore let alone find the money to support a program worth billions to send a soldier or his family members to school to be able to make a living after they have served, not very cool at all i guess thats what the goverment does to soldiers that serve and there familys that go along with them, thanks for the help.
Posted on 07/26/07 11:37:44

Samantha wrote:

When my husband joined the Army we were told alot of untrue BS. The top two things were that as a spouse I would be allowed to use the MGIB, second, was that the familys medical care would be free, including vision and dental. My husband made the mistake of not getting in in writing. We were going to be a career Army family, so much for that worthless dream.
Posted on 09/07/07 07:46:23

Army Wife wrote:

I agree with the fact that the Army is an step forward in trying to accomplish the "dream" of allowing spouses to have an opportunity to attend school. I got my graduate degree out of my pocket and will be really nice if I get my husband GI Bill to be able to achieve a PhD. Being realistic I know it will take time to make a decision but the botton line here should be the fact that the soldiers deserve and earned the respect to be allowed to administer their money the way they want. If they want to give their benefits to their spouses they should be able to do so.
Posted on 09/11/07 15:32:33

herbert addison wrote:

I soon will be crossing over to the Warrant. How can I qualify to give 1 half of my GI Bill to my spouse?
Posted on 09/28/07 21:43:54

Concerned Mom of a Soldier wrote:

I agree that all soldiers should be able to give their GI bill, not just to a spouse but to any family member that could use the money for education. Our son put money into this & can only use for himself. He has sacrificed over a year of his life in Iraq & getting ready for his second tour but is unable to have his own money. So, yes, let's screw our soldiers so they can keep your money!!
Posted on 10/08/07 09:50:35

MaryRam wrote:

I believe that military wifes sacrifice so much when we are moved from state to state that we have the right for our husbands to share the GI Bill. I have hold on to my education for so long, unable to finish because we move every two years. The Army is my husbands career and we are proude, now close to retirement and now it is my turn to finish my career.
Posted on 10/10/07 14:30:05

Calvin Gilreath wrote:

I am a retired USAF 0-5. My Bach degree came the National Defense Student load route - they don't exist now. My younger daughter is married to an Army enlisted. He is going to Iraq in Dec for 15 months. He wanted her to be able to use his GI bill for courses to get teacher certified. He enlisted a few months back. What was he told when he inquired about GI bill transfer to his wife? He was told it was not in his re-enlistment contract --- so he couldn't transfer it. This GI transfer is said to be a 'pilot program' -- that means they're trying an idea out. Why did this brain child program get limited to soldiers with 'critical skills'? Why doesn't it apply to any soldier who serves more than 180 days active duty - any service? The GI bill is not service specific (example; only USAF, or only Marine, or only Army, or only Navy). My say is: write your US Senators and US Congressmen. Tell them flexibility, adaptability, and wives being smarter are all good things. Tell them you vote too. Tell them you know a 'skunk program' when you see it. Congress makes the law, sets policy, and hands it all to the Service Chiefs to carry out how it gets done. You are right - people in uniform suffer and sacrifice a lot over the years...... but, so do the wives/mothers. I get a call from my 'works at at job' Army spouse daughter about every two months saying 'Dad, day care is so expensive and one of the girls was sick, so I had to take off work a day --- my paycheck won't stretch far enough --- can you help a little this month. The Army should either be paying soldiers enough young wives can stay home and take care of children, and, make it possible for soldiers to transfer any percentage of GI benefits to the spouse.
This transfer feature should be Congressionally restricted from being a 'property' asset so in event of a divorce, the soldier gets to keep whatever benefit amount remains.
Summary: the pilot program needs expanding right now - include any soldier who serves at least 180 days active duty. Double the GI Bill benefit for any soldier who serves in a war zone 180 or more days. Smart soldiers, and smart spouses are good national assets.
Posted on 10/16/07 18:19:33

An Army Wife wrote:

My husband was in the Army for about 4 years. He was honorably discharged under medical conditions after being injured...he too served in Iraq, but the good news is now we're home. He is a percentage disabled, but for the most part, happy and healthy. The reason I came into to comment is that I'm that we're home and I'm looking at finally having a chance to finish my I or am I not entitled to any of his educational benefits? After reading the numerous comments already posted, I fear I know the answer..but if someone out there knows specifically what I can and cannot expect to benefit, please fill me in! Thanks a million!
Posted on 11/19/07 21:39:26

RebeccaL wrote:

It is unfortunate that soldiers and their families are put into a position of intentional entrapment. Service is service. By soldiers, first and foremost, but most definitely their family members also. It is a shame to read the disheartening recounts of infuriated families. Where is the accountability? As I continue my expensive PhD education, my husband and I have both lost the desire and want to serve in a service that does not respect that service. They are doing all of us a disservice.
Posted on 11/29/07 13:31:11

SSG I-m sucking just like you! wrote:

stop whining!
Posted on 12/07/07 23:12:39

Barbie wrote:

It really doesn't matter to me. I'm the wife of an enlisted so you would think I would benifit but this didn't become public until after my husband re-enlisted and he's indefinate which means he'll never re-enlist again. So whop-de-do. I can't even take advantage of it. And really nor can most of the other spouses as when you are re-enlisting they don't let you know this as a Soldier. You just hear it through the grapevine and it's unually after you have re-enlisted. So, WhatEver! With all the civilians the Army employ's you would think they would offer free training and education to all Army spouses so those Army spouses can have those civilian jobs. Instead they just deploy our service members, leave the spouses at home uneducated, with little childcare available, only jobs with AAFES that don't even pay enough to cover the childcare or every volunteer opportunity in the world with no childcare re-embursement and in no way does it help you get a job because there are no jobs out there to have. Well, I could rant and rave a lot more but I'm sure I will never return to this site to see who has commented on my responce or my thoughts and yet just another rant that doesn't mean a thing because it won't change a thing.
Posted on 12/18/07 06:12:11

CAVDOC wrote:

The Army offers more services, and benefits than any other institution in this country. I have experienced both the civillian and the military sectors. There are other professions where putting ones life on the line is a daily requirement. You took the decision to sign on the line, and to pay for the MGIB with the knowledge that you (the service member) were the only person elligible to use the benefit. I began my carreer as an enlisted soldier, and ended it as an officer. Now I have a carreer, and a great salary all thanks to the Army. So man up, and get an education so that you can support your families. Stop looking for handouts, that is the mentality that is bringing this country to it's knees. Grow up people.
Posted on 01/04/08 14:44:53

JTS wrote:

I think that what people are saying is very valid. I don't think that it is a matter of manning up! I started my career off enlisted, and became an officer. I was able to complete all of my schooling while on active duty. I never had the opportunity to use my GI Bill, however, my wife is a full time student and she can use it. Why shouldn't she be able to? Are you saying that I need to go and get a degree that I don't need just to be able to use it? I think that the above comment made was absurd. If a person invests into a program, then they should have the right to utilize the money to anyone in their immediate family's benefit as long as it is educational. So, you should be a little more sensitive to what others are saying before making a post telling people to grow up. And this is coming from someone who has done the same thing that you did and probably better!
Posted on 01/04/08 16:33:22

soldier for life wrote:

I think that the soldier should be able to give the GI bill to their spouse if they choose. The Army is now able to give credit hours for NCOES and you can recieve an associates degree by the time you are an E-7 without taking collage classes. My wife want's to get her degree in phsycology, and since I am currently on my 3rd tour in Iraq and haven't been able to go to school, I think she should be able to use it since I have decided to stay in the Army for 20+ years. I have givin a lot for the Army and my Wife has given even more. This is the least the Army can do for the spouses that support the soulders. Family first is all I have heard in the last 7 years of my enlistment, but I have yet seen it.
Posted on 01/10/08 17:36:46

john paul wrote:

These are all some valid comments. The E-7 has a point above. When you spell soldiers - soulders then you have probably been given your rank. Anyways, if you put money towards the MGIB then you should have every right to do what you want with it. Since the program was obviously designed to keep alot of soldier's money from not using the benefit it can be considered a fraud in itself. They need to stop bullshitting about how they promise money with stupid scams to suck people in. As far as the idiot saying something about handouts you are probably the same dipshit officer that kisses everyones ass then expects everyone to kiss yours. Take pride in serving your country & like the retired O-5 mentioned , write your congressman to get this approved.
Posted on 01/25/08 01:19:52


Posted on 01/28/08 22:08:45

Misty B. wrote:

My husband and our family have sacrificed 11 years of our lives for the Army. I have always needed to work, to make ends meet. Now that we are struggling to take care of our child as well, it is apparent that I cannot work full time at a retail job forever. It would be so comforting to know that my husband could help me with what he has worked for to further my education so we could finally get somewhere. As it is, I could never afford to pay for school let alone get the time between work and my daughter and still survive. For once I would like my husband to be proud of MY accomplishments.
My J-O-B, not career, doesn't account for the half of the year my husband is gone and I am a single parent, feeling guilty for not being there more for my child. My husband and I have so many arguments about my job running our lives, but what is the alternative? I know so many people are in this position, and it really is sad that there is this huge opportunity to raise the quality of so many soldiers marriages and families and so few are given that chance.
Posted on 01/30/08 00:36:36

Ms. Sgt. Rosado wrote:

My husband was recently deployed to Iraq for 18 months. I was pregnant with our first child when he was deployed, and it was hard enough raising him on my own. I want to go to college, but we can't even afford a baby sitter, let alone for me to go to college. I was in the U.S. Marines, and was injured, and they would'nt help pay for anything once I was discharged. It's hard enough on the soldiers working long hours, and being away from their families months and years at a time without it being even harder on the spouses to try to feel like were not a disappointment. I'd like to know that more than just a Thank You would be credited to us army wives and army moms for all that we go through. You'd think that working for the government you would'nt have to struggle to make ends meet, but that's exactly what me and my husband do every month.
Posted on 02/01/08 17:35:44

dog face soldier wrote:

i am rather upset at the manor the army has set for this transfer, i am curently on my 3rd tour in iraq with 3ID and i am a tanker that is now indef as a tanker so i cant transfer my gi bill to my wife who is going though med school and breakin my wallet. i call bullshit. its just a hipe to get more soldiers to reinlist(not that there is any thing wrong with that) i plan on retireing and going to to a trade school that the gi bill wont even cover so why cant my wife use the money and binifit the household income.
Posted on 02/09/08 02:44:37

Drill Sergeant wrote:

We need to get all this information to our congressman. It is trualy a kick in the teeth that the Army is using this as a retention tool. us Senior NOC's should get the same opportunity and more as our junior Soldiers. We earned the money, let us use it. The same goes with the ACF. I have 30,000 that I can do nothing with. Its intened to be that way. Lets fix it.
Posted on 02/14/08 12:06:58

Work smarter not harder wrote:

True, we agreed to that fact that only we, the service member, can use the GI Bill. But what most of us are saying here is that it makes more sense to allow spouses to use it. It makes families stronger by providing spouses means to better themselves through education. Spouses are part of the military family. if they're strong, smart and happy it makes us service members stronger and happier as well. Happy Soldiers, like happy workers, perform their jobs bettter. Those that say "suck it up", "stop whining" or "this is what you agreed to" are the very reason things don't advance. Nobody ever said you can't change the status quo. If something can be improved, then why not do it? I guess some people are just scared of change. And it's not about growing up, it's about growing balls to speak up and make a change for the better.
Posted on 02/19/08 02:10:00

Crazy Soldier wrote:

Well I think it is a great hing to be able to transfer the Gi Bill to my wife. In fact I did just that. The down side is the whole process you have to go through to use the dumb thing. We sent the application off 2 months ago. @ wks after sending it off we recieved a letter saying that the application was reecieved and due to the large amount of claims there will be a delay in processing. Well got off the phone today with the VA education officer and it will still be about another 10-12 weeks until they will even do anything else with the dumb thing. I'm sure they will need additional paper work or something like the military often does. I'm also sure that by the time this is all said and done my wife will be done with school and not have udes any of the benefit that I reenlisted and gave up some of my bonus money for. I want to know if anyone else out there has managed to use the program. People don't use the benefits because it takes so much work to even start using them. One high point the eduaction office told us over the phone that the VA will back date the payments to when the application was recieved. I will believe that when it happens.
Posted on 02/22/08 14:30:34

Frustrated Wife wrote:

My husband's ETS was Dec. 06, he is an operator, that is what he knows and that is what he loves. He has no desire to go to college he never has. I, on the other hand, would give anything to finish my degree and move forward in my chosen career path, but we qualify for nothing. VA hasn't decided his disability %, and because he has lucky enough to get a good job, we make just barely too much for Financial Aid, but with 4 children at home, not enough for me to go have my dream of finishing school. It doesn't take billions for a two year program, I'm not asking for a free ride in a university, or to go to law school. There needs to be SOMETHING where spouse's of enlisted OR vets can use at least a portion of the GI Bill, even if it's only half....A lot more men might enlist if their wives knew they or their kids could get college funding. Call it a scholarship, or a grant, SOMETHING!!!
Posted on 03/14/08 16:28:13

kimberly wrote:

Instead of trying to keep our soldiers in longer for both husband and wife to recieve the GI Bill, they need to focus on putting more incentive for more civilians to enlist. Most definetly more people would enlist if they could put their spouses through college. The military has gone to all sorts of lengths to get more people to enlist, even letting people who probably shouldn't be deploying bc they may not have the stamina to get the things done that must get done. They raised the agen limit even, I mean, how many of them are going to use the money at their age. If they would offer it for soldier and spouse with no twist or without re ups, just offer to both people in the marraige, we would all have a stronger,more educated, more populated military. Not only just military we would have a more educated country all around I believe. Not to mention how it would help out our economy! It makes u think...'ARE THEY TRYING TO HOLD US BACK'. To their benifet the less educated "stupid" we are the more they can control by manipulating. The poor get poorer and the rich get richer. This country is scared of telling the government what they should do for us and they made us this way. We need to change that and we can and will if everyone speaks up no matter what. We aren't scared to sacrifice our lives to fight for this countries freedom and other countries freedom. So, why should we be scared to sacrifice some things to fight for something all military families deserve?
Posted on 03/18/08 18:43:28

Bill from Idaho wrote:

I've paid into the GI Bill and top off program, but was fortunate enough to have the Air Force pay for my Master's degree. I have no intention on getting another Bachelor's or Master's degree, so why can't I give the GI Bill money to my daughter? She won't be able to use it for another 15 years, so the government gets to collect the interest on my money until that time and I get the benefit of not throwing my investment away when I retire. It's a win-win situation. Who do I write to encourage a more family friendly GI Bill policy?
Posted on 04/04/08 11:36:44

WW wrote:

Last time I checked there was not a draft going on. Be professional and look to other places for college is there.
Posted on 05/05/08 16:33:33

missin my soldier wrote:

I'm a reservist married to an active duty soldier who's currently deployed. We want to start a family, and my husband doesn't plan on reenlisting as he just wants to serve his time. I myself planned to go active after seeing if the military was for me in basic, however dual military didn't seem the most functional for our ideal family. My husband would like to pass on his GI bill to me as he used TA and ended up completing his degree before ever using his GI Bill, however he is not re-enlisting so he will not be eligible to do so. Consequently, I will be going active duty (against my husband's wishes) to get my own GI bill benefits whether our family suffers from it or not. Sadly I feel the army doesn't give a shit about "family"; we signed a contract, we learned the army values, nowhere did it say to place our family first. We are to place the mission first, and whatever happened to selfless service? Like anybody else I would like to see the benefits promised by recruiters who never bothered to mention the ass backwardness of military paperwork... I planned to go to school during my husband's deployment, however upon contacting the education office they made a point that the VA will back date the payments to when the application was recieved. The army always reimburses you... right? lol I want change... "Man-up" my ass, I'm a soldier! It's a little difficult to maintain a family let alone start one when you know damn well after your husbands 18 month deployment you yourself will be headed overseas for a year. I've seen too many families torn apart by deployments, and struggling to make ends meet. Why can't the army simply allow families to benefit themselves in transfering the GI bill to their spouse? Wouldn't this be cheaper than contracting civilian counselors? True the draft has not been re-instated, and there are other places to obtain money for school but it's bullshit that the army is using this as a retention tool. How is it unprofessional to reap from your investments? The draft hasn't been re-instated and that's why our army is so great. We volunteered to serve our country, why is it that our government wants to make it so difficult on us to better ourselves, furthermore our country? I support this pilot, it's about time soldiers recieve what they are entitled to, what they have invested in their whole military career. What do I know though? I'm just an un-educated army wife.
Posted on 05/14/08 07:57:37

Ranger3187 wrote:

I think the Army should make the program more like a 529 and grandfather those who have served their time toward the GI Bill. I have no plan to use my GI Bill and would love to transfer that benefit to my kids.
Posted on 06/01/08 08:59:45

Girl Soldier wrote:

I am somewhat bitter regarding some statements here. I am active duty and so is my spouse. I am trying to obtain my PHD. Transferring his GI BIll is not an option for us. But after reading some of these articles from spouse that are not active duty it makes me sick to my stomach.
First off, the army owes the spouse nothing. If a individual decides to join the military, deployments, going to the field, the pay is on the chart. If a soldier decides to have children that is his responsiblity. Just because he/she is a soldier does not mean he/she can have children they cannot afford. Military spouses have the option to go to college, get their GED and many more things. Most of them are toooo lazy to do anything other than have as many babies they can, smoke cigarettes and complain about what the Army does not provide. Most wifes only know what their spouses tell them which is very little. It is ridiculous. No the militayr doe snot pay lots of money, but each person knew that when they bothered the recruiter.
Posted on 06/17/08 14:29:38

NO wrote:

This is just another way the army is trying to fuck its enlisted soldiers. Or trap them in service if you earned your GI bill when you came in it should be your right to decide what to do with it not a bunch of bullshit requirements. School is expensive especially if you have a family the GI bill would be a great way to support millitary familys for there success in and out of the army
Posted on 06/22/08 02:13:14


NO WROTE - i couldn't agree more with you. Maybe they are scared enlisted people will "catch on" to them and they'd be struggling even more for their quotas each month. GIVE ME BACK MY $1000!!!!!!
Posted on 06/24/08 12:15:19

Jamie wrote:

Hi, I just got 18 months of my husband's GI bill. He signed on for five more years and lost 3,000 of his bonus for me to get part of his GI bill. I don't think he should have lost that money for me to be able to use his GI bill. He had be in for 10 years and paid the money for it already! He will be done with his two year degree within the year, full TA pays for his schooling. Most soldiers would not pay the money out to get the GI if they had known they could get the degree while they were in and not be able to let their love ones use it without meaning certain demands. (signing on for at least 4 more years and be able to get a bonus - so they can take part of it to pay for the transfer). If my husband was unable to get a bonus, I would not have got to use 18 months of his GI bill. (A lot of soldiers don't get bonus, this is his first one in five times signing up - same MOS)
Posted on 07/09/08 13:41:16

sabrina wrote:

I am a angrey spouse of a deployed solder who has served his country for 12 yeas and hae done 3 tours in Iraq all ready , I am going to school and about to re-enroll for my second semester of class which are going to cost me 7'000. I jave already taken out one loan to cover my first block and along witht the help of finacial aid. I feel that if my spouse wants to give me his G.I. bill so that we don't end up in more debt why not. The money is his and he has earned it . The army needs to rethink this and come up with a better solution. This money is promised to these guys so why not let them use it as they please. The soldier did not put stipulations on it when they gave it to the army to hold just for this purpose so why is there stipulations for them to have it back and use as they wish. wether they pay it to them or the family the soldier is intitled to it.
Posted on 07/10/08 10:16:26

Tim Stroud wrote:

What about veterans? I toured in Kosovo and Iraq and would love to gift my GI BILL to my supportive wife. Going back to college is not an option for me at this point in my life and I would like to thank my beautiful wife for her support. Does anyone have additional information on the transfer? Thank you!
Posted on 07/15/08 06:45:48

Melissa wrote:

I am a spouse of a soldier with 16 years of service and planning for a 20+ year retirement. My job as an army spouse has been a full-time job with little recognition for my work, commitment, support, etc. Itís one of the hardest jobs around. Iíve been a geographical single mom more often than not and through no choice of my own. During all this time, my education was always important to me but I couldnít see a way of finishing college with all the responsibilities of the Army spouse. During his many tours of duty, my jobs never were high ranking b/c of the constant moving and lack of higher education. But my working was necessary to make ends meetÖ also for my sanity. I knew I couldnít stop the moves but I could finish college and secure jobs that provided more than just carpal tunnel. I always felt that my education would contribute to our Army family and knew that in order to finish Iíd have to make sacrifices such as time and money.

We tried to save what we could and Iíd use that savings to pay for a class here and there.
I also couldnít always attend school because of my husbandsí deployments. The Army is always first and they do recognize the soldier but not usually the spouse behind them. Even commercial shopping recognizes the soldier with discounts but few have allowed me that discount as well. Anyway, with all the moving around and after attending four different colleges, I decided I just needed to take out a student loan and finish college. After 32K and 3 years, I finished in 2006. I do have the capability of securing a good job now with each PCS move but I have that student loan hanging over my head. I thought about going for my Masterís degree to avoid the loan payments but Iíd just be in the same boat in a few years.

So with all that being said, why canít my husband use his GI Bill however he sees fit? To pay off a spouses student loan, let the spouse complete an advanced degree, etc. Heís done his time but so have I! I've lived without him for long periods at a time and had to deal with everything imaginable on my own. What difference does it make who uses the GI Bill? But then again, I bet the Army would rather keep the funds for themselves instead of making a concession like this since I know many spouses who would actually use the funds and many soldiers who complete their degree with tuition assistance and never touch the GI bill money. It's more money in the pocket of the Army to keep things the way they are.
Posted on 07/16/08 09:48:28

ArmywifeKY wrote:

I totally agree with everyone's opinion about spouse's receieving GI bill benefits I am an army wife and my husband has been in the army for 7 years now and he is finishig up a two-year degree. He feels that he will not use much of his benefits and he would love to transfer his benefits to pay of my student loans as a teacher. The army needs to get on board and allow soliders to use the money to benefit their family.
Posted on 08/14/08 20:12:34

Katrina wrote:

My husband has been active duty now for 20 years and finished his Master's this past year. With that, he won't be using his GI Bill and I want it. I have placed my education on hold to raise our family, standing by my husband while he finished his education, while he proudly serves and now my children are getting to the age where they don't want me to help in their schools. Now that I am to this stage, the money would help so much but why should we not receive the transfer because my husband is no longer enlisted (was for 12 years) and because his MOS isn't in the critical zone? He should be able to chose and since he's already done and not planning on going for his Phd, why not let him?
Posted on 08/22/08 21:34:04

snake wrote:

i want to know why i have to have served 6 years in order for my spouse to use my GI bill, i just re-enlisted in feb for 4 years which will put me at 4 years, but my fiancee' and i can't get married right now because then we wouldn't be able to afford school, so her parents can help her out if we aint married, i think the army should help soldiers out a little more on financial matters
Posted on 09/06/08 08:58:23

ArmyWifeHoldingDownDaFort!! wrote:

The army gives enough if not toomuch already to the soliders that don't deserve it. They make it six years so you don't serve your time get and get to use all the money without putting the same work as the ones that have made the commitant to their job and their family to do proudly serve their country. It people like all of you that the military a bad profession to be in. Take what you get and stop taking it for granted! Look at how much having a baby cost, dental insurance, moving companies, housing for those who live on base. It makes no since how greedy the US has gotten.
Posted on 09/08/08 23:53:30

Nate wrote:

Does anyone out there know where to find the rules about this? I'm reclassing to a STAR MOS thru the BEAR program, and therefore will receive an SRB Bonus. Would I be able to transfer the rights then? Also, what rules will my spouse have like does she have to be a full time student or can she do part time? How long will she receive payments and if she's only a part time student how much would she receive then. This is a giant gray area and the Army needs to figure out what exactly they are going to do with it. I don't see the problem seeing as active duty Soldiers get 100% tuition assistance anyways, why shouldn't it be that easy, WE PAID FOR THE GI BILL BENEFIT!!!!
Posted on 09/09/08 06:22:36

tryingtogetadegree wrote:

I love being an Army wife. I left college when I got pregnant with twins, got married and immediately starting moving to different places. 12 years later I am still struggling to complete my degree. Before it was lack of time, now its lack of money. My job used to pay for my tuition but due to the economy they discountinued that. My husband has earned his bachelor's degree in the Army without the use of the GI bill. We have asked on numerous occassions about transferring it to me, but we keep getting the run around. He has currently re-enlisted for another 4 years, so I will take a stab at it again.
If they cannot transfer the gi bill to spouses, maybe the Army can think of a program similar to the Airforce where the spouses could go to school for 50% of the tuition paid . It seems like the Army doesn't want to educate their community and it the long run it is what hurts us.
As for asking too much Mrs Armywifeholdingdowndafort, I think that our husbands put their lives on the line to defend this country and they should get a little more for it. If the money is promised to our husbands when they are enlisting then it shouldn't go to waste. Why not pass it on to their children or spouses? Its like having health benefits but never using them. Or being assigned housing but never taking living there. I also think that due to your lack of grammar and spelling, you can afford a couple of college courses yourself.
Posted on 09/09/08 08:34:21

Rhonda Blackman wrote:

I am attending college at 1500 a class and would love nothing more than to use my husband's GI bill since I am the one that has stuck with him for the last 14 years and will be there for him when the military isn't which in most cases is frequently...........
Posted on 11/06/08 18:07:39

Noah wrote:

I want my daddy to be home with me after he spends most of my young life away. Please let my mommy go to school so she can get a good job and let daddy stay home too. What if something happens to my daddy? Shouldn't my mommy be able to take care of me since she has been with my daddy throughout his career?
Posted on 11/06/08 18:11:42

LOL wrote:

I don't get you Army wives. I am an army wive (as well as a vet) as well and OMG i do not complain like you guys do. First of all your husband signed up to be in the military he was not drafted. Second of all you choose to be where you are and have ten million babies that are driving you insane? and finally the Army pays more than enough money needed to pay all of the bills. So I really do not get where all of this is coming from? I have a one year old daughter. I mange to go to school full time and pay for part time care all while my husband was nto deployed. But now that he is deployed (Second Time) he is making a lot more money.

There are other ways of paying for your education, you just have to research and apply yourself. I am not telling you to man up or stop whining, I am just telling you that the Army does take care of their soldiers and their families.
Posted on 01/28/09 12:44:48


Posted on 04/28/09 09:24:26

FrustratedArmy Wife wrote:

I have read many of the comments above. I think the gov't is scared to allow the GI bill to go to ANY family member because the funds are not available. I think the military member can choose to give it to a spouse or dependent. I do not think it is fair that most military spouses have to put their careers on hold while the military moves them all around. I have moved 3 times in less than a year. My schooling has been put on hold. Being allowed to use my husbands GI bill would allow us down the road the ability not to spend a fortune on my education. But with the guidelines put into place I do not qualify so it looks like in a year we'll be broke so I could get my education that will allow me to have a career.
Posted on 05/26/09 18:57:54

Barbara wrote:

My husband retired over twenty years ago; he never used his G.I. money; we paid for my education when it wasn't easy with a family; we should see the money he was entitled to--we could use it for grandchildren since our sons have entitlements of their own.
Posted on 08/03/09 13:28:11

Delia Tebedo wrote:

Once again we get the shaft. My husband is E6 in his 17th year of active duty. He will use part of his GI Bill later and since I am currently enrolled at a Univesity to get my degree in Early Childhood Education we could surely use part of it now. We have 5 children one of which starts college himself this year. I can not wrap my head around the concept that lifers get the shaft everytime something is offered. What do they get for dedicating thier life to the military, 50% of thier base pay?? That is a slap in the face in my opinion.
Posted on 08/06/09 12:50:36

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