POST-9/11 GI BILL POLICY UPDATE:
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SUBJ/POST-9/11 GI BILL POLICY UPDATE//
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NARR/REF A IS THE JOHNNY ISAKSON AND DAVID P. ROE, M.D. VETERANS HEALTH CARE
AND BENEFITS IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2020.
REF B IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS MEMORANDUM,
UPDATE ON THE DEFINITION OF ELIGIBLE DEPENDANTS FOR THE TRANSFER OF POST-
9/11 GI BILL EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN AND LEGAL
REF C IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1341.13 CHANGE 1,
POST-9/11 GI BILL.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the addition of foster children and legal
wards to the definition of an eligible dependent for the purposes of Post-
9/11 GI Bill transfer of education benefits (TEB), as directed in reference
(a) and implemented in reference (b).
2. Effective date of this change is 5 January 2021. The Department of
Veterans Affairs will only pay benefits effective this date or the date the
service approves the TEB, whichever is later.
3. Service Members currently serving on Active Duty (AD) or in the Selected
Reserve (SELRES) who have been approved for TEB, may transfer benefits to
foster children or legal wards who have been residing with the Service
Member, pursuant to a court order, for at least 12 consecutive months.
4. For AD and SELRES previously approved for TEB and who have foster
children or legal wards listed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility
Reporting System (DEERS), the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) made these
dependents available to receive transferred benefits but did not assign them
any months. Service Members should take action described in paragraph 5c to
allocate benefits as desired.
5. AD and SELRES not yet approved for TEB must follow paragraphs 5a-5c to
transfer benefits to eligible foster children and legal wards.
a. On initial application in DMDC milConnect, allocate at least one
month of benefits to an eligible spouse or child.
b. After approval of initial TEB application, DMDC will manually make
foster children and legal wards eligible to receive benefits, but will not
assign them any months. There will be no notification that DMDC has taken
c. While continuing to serve on AD or in the SELRES, log in to DMDC
milConnect and allocate any unused benefits among eligible dependents,
including foster children or legal wards, without additional service
d. A future DMDC update will display foster children and legal wards as
eligible transferees during the initial application.
6. After transfer of benefits to a foster child or legal ward, termination
of the foster child/legal ward relationship does not rescind the transferred
benefits. The former foster child or legal ward will remain eligible until
they reach 26 years of age, or the transferor revokes the TEB.
7. Children who are no longer in a foster or legal ward status, or who had
their association with the Service Member terminated in DEERS, without having
at least one month of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits allocated to them by the
Service Member prior to termination of their status, are not eligible to
receive transferred education benefits.
8. All other Post-9/11 GI Bill and TEB policies remain in effect.
An update to reference (c) will incorporate this definition change.
9. For Post-9/11 GI Bill and TEB questions, contact the following:
a. Mr. Jim Johnson, Education Policy Branch, via e-mail at
b. AD and Full-Time Support may submit inquiries to MyNavy Career Center
(MNCC) at 1-833-330-6622 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
c. SELRES may submit inquiries to Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command
(CNRFC), Post-9/11 GI Bill Manager, at 1-800-621-8853 or via e-mail at
10. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
11. Released by VADM John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//