Currently, troops who serve a minimum of six years and commit to serving an additional four years are eligible to transfer the education benefit to their dependents.
Under a Defense Department policy in place until July 2019, those who agree to the four-year extension but are barred from completing that service, such as troops who are injured and medically discharged, can keep the transfer. Others who start the process after getting injured can request a waiver so the transfer can go through.
But starting in mid-July 2019, those with 16 years of service will no longer be able to make the transfer, the Pentagon announced last week. The same will be true for those who have 10 years of service and are barred from extending due to an upcoming medical discharge or high year tenure, for example.