Don’t implement controversial GI Bill transfer rule yet, or at all, lawmakers tell Pentagon

Don’t implement controversial GI Bill transfer rule yet, or at all, lawmakers tell Pentagon

Lawmakers are asking the Defense Department to hold off on a controversial education benefits change while they try and force a legislative fix.

The change, scheduled to roll out July 12, will bar long-serving troops from transferring the Post-9/11 GI Bill to their dependents — a move the Pentagon has said is necessary to preserve the benefit as a recruitment and retention tool.

Yet members of the House of Representatives Armed Service Committee voted unanimously in mid-June to throw out the new policy as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, with one member calling it “a truly lousy decision” by DoD.

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