Starting on August 1, 2013, servicemembers who transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member or dependent will incur an additional four-year service obligation, without regard to their time in service. Army Capt. Kurt Rauschenberg, education services officer for the Army National Guard, states, “the post-9/11 GI Bill offers a great benefit to our servicemembers who are looking to expand their education,” adding that “the purpose of the transferability is for recruiting and retention.” These changes will likely cause many North Carolina Army National Guard families to evaluate the use of this benefit as it relates to financial planning for their dependents’ higher education.

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