Wes Hickman (202) 224-5972 or Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417
The transferability provision allows service members to transfer their education benefits to their spouse or children. It will bolster recruitment and retention in addition to encouraging service members to continue their military careers.
“I am very pleased our transferability provision was included in the
“One of the major concerns that Senators McCain, Burr and I had with the Webb bill was that it did not include transferability. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Webb bill would have hurt reenlistment by 16 percent. It never made sense to us that we would penalize service members who decided to make the military their career.
“It's in our own national interest to retain the best, brightest, and most experienced in our Armed Forces. The transferability provision provides greatly improved incentives for service members who wish to stay in the military.
“Under transferability, service members can transfer their benefits to their spouse and children. This option recognizes the sacrifices made by both the military family as well as the service member, and this provision has been well-received by the military community. A service member who chooses to make the military their career will be able to use this benefit to pay for their children’s college education.
“Transferability is sound policy and it makes sense to reward military members and their families who choose to reenlist. Transferability will dramatically enhance our ability to recruit and retain the all volunteer force necessary to win the War on Terror.
“I’m very glad to see that our position won the day and transferability was included in the supplemental.”