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July 3, 2013
By Sgt. Michael Reinsch, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

WIESBADEN, Germany - Soldiers who transfer their Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to a family member after Aug. 1 will incur four more years of service.

"There is going to be a huge difference in the amount of time that a Soldier will owe for their service remaining requirements," said Sgt. Maj. Michael Kouneski, U.S. Army Europe command career counselor.

The incurred additional years will start from the TEB request date, regardless of the Soldier's years in service, and must be served in the same Army component.

•Soldiers wishing to retire who have an approved TEB must complete their service remaining requirement before they can retire.

•Soldiers with an approved retirement request who wish to apply for TEB have to request withdrawal of their retirement and, if approved, may apply for TEB and complete their service remaining requirement.

The TEB was initiated Aug. 1, 2009. Until now there was a waiver period for Soldiers who had 17 years of service or more, Kouneski said. That waiver period will end July 31, 2013.

The previous choices for service obligations, zero to three years, will not be available after Aug. 1.

Soldiers who retired and were placed on the retired list on or before Aug 1, 2009 are ineligible to transfer unused benefits because their last day of duty was on or before July 31, 2009.