MARCH 20, 2015, WASHINGTON (NNS) – Navy leaders announced March 20 an update to the instruction governing the Post-9/11 GI Bill Educational Assistance Program which outlines specific steps for Sailors to follow to properly transfer their benefits to family members.
OPNAV Instruction 1780.4 was updated March 2 and consolidates policy detailed in NAVADMINs 187/09, 203/09, 354/09, and 235/11. A naval message is planned announcing the instruction update and cancelling those NAVADMINs.
Qualified active duty and Reserve Sailors may elect to transfer benefits to a spouse or children, with some or all benefits allocated to those named.
The instruction includes the Transfer of Benefits (TEB) steps in order to create a simple checklist that Sailors can follow to ensure they successfully complete the process.
It outlines everything from verifying their family members are enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS) to eligibility requirements, service obligations and what to do if a request is rejected.
The instruction can be found here at this link.