Ask the Recruiter
by Mike Arsenault - Director of Candidate Services
Let Mike know your questions for future articles by emailing them to marsenault (at) bradley-morris.com. This month’s Q&A is below:
Q: I will be transitioning out in the next nine months and I wanted to know a little more about the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Can I only use if for college and, if I don’t use it, can I transfer any of the benefits to my son?
A: Great question! Technology has added a whole new phase to job skills and in order to get the job you want, you might need some additional schooling. Fortunately, the Post 9/11 GI Bill offers many opportunities for our service members to advance their skills and build their experience. And, college is not the only option to further your career, either. The Post-9/11 GI Bill includes “graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, entrepreneurship training, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.”
The Post-9/11 GI Bill can also be used while on active duty, but benefits vary based on time served. If you need some refresher courses, or want to learn how to use some software like Excel or PowerPoint, it might be worth looking into eligibility.
To begin with, it’s important to note that service members must have served “at least 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge.” Benefits are prorated based on time served with 90 days of service earning 40 percent support, up to full benefits for those who have served at least 36 months.
On August 1, 2009, a transferability option went into effect, but it requires reenlistment or longer lengths of service. Still, take a look at the DOD site to learn more - http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers numerous options with specific criteria so make sure you take some time to learn more and most of the benefits are available for up to 15 years after your release from active duty. Here is a link directly to the site to help with your research - http://www.gibill.va.gov/ .
Mike Arsenault is Director of Candidate Services at Military Recruiter Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at) bradley-morris.com.
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