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NARR/REF A IS PUBLIC LAW 110-252, THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2008.  
TITLE V OF REF A IS THE POST 9-11 VETERANS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2008.  
REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) POLICY ON POST 9-11 GI BILL.  REF C IS 
PUBLIC LAW 111-377, THE POST 9-11 VETERANS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE IMPROVEMENTS 
ACT OF 2010.
REF D IS NAVY POLICY FOR TRANSFERABILITY OF BENEFITS UNDER POST 9-11 GI BILL.  
REF E IS PAY AND PERSONNEL INFORMATION BULLETIN 11-21.
REF F IS NAVY RESERVE ANNUAL NATIONAL COMMAND AND SENIOR OFFICER
(O5/O6) NON-COMMAND BILLET SCREENING AND ASSIGNMENT PROCEDURES//

RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN PROVIDES INFORMATION ON CHANGES TO THE POST
9-11 GI BILL IMPLEMENTED BY REFS A AND B AND MODIFIED BY REF C.  IT ALSO 
OUTLINES ADDITIONAL NAVY TRANSFERABILITY POLICY FOR INDIVIDUAL SERVICE 
OBLIGATIONS AND FORCE SHAPING AS ANNOUNCED IN REF D.

2.  REF C ANNOUNCED CHANGES TO THE POST 9-11 GI BILL THAT IMPACT VETERANS, 
MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES, AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.
THE VARIOUS CHANGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN INCREMENTS AS FOLLOWS:
    A.  EFFECTIVE 5 MARCH 2011, ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS AND THEIR SPOUSES ARE 
LIMITED TO THE NET COST FOR TUITION AND FEES PRORATED ON THE PREVIOUSLY 
ESTABLISHED ELIGIBILITY TIERS (40-100 PERCENT) FOR VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE 
SELECTED RESERVE.  ELIGIBILITY TIERS AND PERIODS OF QUALIFYING ACTIVE DUTY 
TIME ARE PROVIDED IN REF B.  CHANGE IN PAYMENTS BEGAN WITH EDUCATIONAL TERMS 
STARTING ON OR AFTER 5 MARCH 2011.
    B.  EFFECTIVE 1 AUGUST 2011:
        (1) ALL IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES FOR INDIVIDUALS PURSUING DEGREES 
FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS, LESS ANY OTHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO THE 
STUDENT, WILL BE PAID THROUGH POST 9-11 GI BILL.
FOR THOSE WITH 100 PERCENT ELIGIBILITY, THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM REMAINS 
AVAILABLE (EXCLUDING ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS AND THEIR SPOUSES) TO PAY FOR OUT-OF 
STATE TUITION AND FEES.
    (2) TUITION AND FEES FOR INDIVIDUALS PURSUING DEGREES FROM PRIVATE AND 
FOREIGN SCHOOLS WHO ENROLLED ON OR AFTER 4 JAN 2011, WILL BE CAPPED A $17,500 
PER ACADEMIC YEAR.  IN AUGUST 2011, CONGRESS PASSED A TEMPORARY PROVISION 
PRESERVING THE HIGHER TUITION AND FEE RATE ESTABLISHED BY REF A FOR STUDENTS 
ATTENDING PROGRAMS OF  EDUCATION AT NON-PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING 
AND WHO WERE ENROLLED BEFORE 4 JAN 2011.  THIS PROVISION BEGINS 1 AUGUST 2011 
AND EXPIRES
31 JULY 2014.  THIS PROVISION DOES NOT IMPACT STUDENTS ENROLLED IN FOREIGN 
SCHOOLS.  FOR THOSE WITH 100 PERCENT ELIGIBILITY, THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM 
REMAINS AVAILABLE (EXCLUDING ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS AND THEIR SPOUSES) TO PAY FOR 
TUITION AND FEES ABOVE THE CAP.
        (3) PAYMENT OF BENEFITS DURING BREAKS BETWEEN SEMESTERS OR  TERMS WILL 
BE EXCLUDED.
        (4) REIMBURSEMENT FOR MORE THAN ONE LICENSING OR  CERTIFICATION 
EXAMINATION WILL BE ALLOWED.  ONE MONTH OF ENTITLEMENT  WILL BE CHARGED, 
ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST WHOLE MONTH, FOR EACH $1,460  IN REIMBURSEMENTS.
ENTITLEMENT WILL NOT BE ROUNDED DOWN TO ZERO MONTHS.  FOR EXAMPLE, IF  A 
MEMBER USES POST 9-11 GI BILL TO FUND A CERTIFICATION EXAM WHICH  COSTS $47, 
THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (DVA) WILL ROUND THAT  UP AND CHARGE ONE 
MONTH OF EDUCATION BENEFITS.
        (5) REIMBURSEMENT OF FEES PAID TO TAKE NATIONAL EXAMS USED  FOR 
ADMISSION TO AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING SUCH AS THE ACT,  GMAT, OR SAT 
WILL BE ALLOWED.  BENEFIT WILL BE CHARGED THE SAME AS  FOR CERTIFICATION OR 
LICENSING EXAMS ADDRESSED IN PARA 2.B4.
        (6) THE MONTHLY LIVING STIPEND WILL BE PRORATED BASED ON RATE OF 
PURSUIT AND ROUNDS UP TO THE NEAREST MULTIPLE OF 10.  FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE RATE 
OF PURSUIT IS 75 PERCENT, DVA WILL ROUND PAYMENT TO 80 PERCENT.  ELIGIBLE 
STUDENTS MUST ATTEND FULL-TIME TO DRAW 100  PERCENT.
        (7) CONCURRENT USE OF TRANSFERRED BENEFITS FROM MORE THAN ONE 
INDIVIDUAL WILL BE PROHIBITED.
        (8) CONCURRENT RECEIPT OF ASSISTANCE UNDER THE NATIONAL CALL  TO 
SERVICE PROGRAM AND POST 9-11 WILL BE PROHIBITED.
        (9) POST 9-11 WILL BE THE NET BILL PAYER.  FOR EXAMPLE,  TUITION 
ASSISTANCE (TOP-UP), TUITION RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS,  EDUCATIONAL LOANS,GRANTS, 
OR EMPLOYER FUNDED TUITION WILL BE THE  FIRST TUITION PAYER.
POST 9-11 WILL PAY THE DIFFERENCE UP TO THE AFOREMENTIONED CAP FOR PRIVATE AND 
FOREIGN SCHOOLS AND UP TO THE PUBLIC IN-STATE TUITION  RATE FOR PUBLIC 
SCHOOLS.
    C.  EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2011:
        (1) ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS AND THEIR SPOUSES WILL RECEIVE A  STIPEND FOR 
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES.
            (A) ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS AND SPOUSES USING POST 9-11 GI  BILL TO 
PAY FOR TUITION AND FEES MAY USE UP TO $1,000 PER ACADEMIC  YEAR FOR BOOKS AND 
SUPPLIES.
            (B) ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS WHO ARE USING TOP-UP MAY USE UP  TO $1,000 
PER ACADEMIC YEAR FOR BOOKS AND SUPPLIES.
        (2) HOUSING ALLOWANCE WILL BE PAYABLE TO STUDENTS (OTHER THAN ACTIVE 
DUTY AND THEIR SPOUSES) ENROLLED IN A DISTANCE LEARNING  PROGRAM LEADING TO A 
DEGREE FROM AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING.
 THE HOUSING ALLOWANCE IS EQUAL TO 50 PERCENT OF THE NATIONAL AVERAGE  BASIC 
ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH) FOR AN E5 WITH DEPENDENTS.  THE  HOUSING ALLOWANCE 
IS PRORATED BASED ON THE RATE OF PURSUIT.  MEMBERS  SHOULD CONTACT THE DVA FOR 
ESTABLISHED RATES.
        (3) HOUSING ALLOWANCE WILL BE PAYABLE TO STUDENTS (OTHER THAN  ACTIVE 
DUTY AND THEIR SPOUSES) ENROLLED IN A CERTIFICATE OR OTHER QQQQ  NON-COLLEGE 
DEGREE PROGRAM PURSUED THROUGH RESIDENT TRAINING OR  DISTANCE LEARNING.  THE 
HOUSING ALLOWANCE FOR FULL-TIME RESIDENT  TRAINING IS EQUAL TO BAH FOR AN E5 
WITH DEPENDENTS BASED ON THE  LOCATION AND ZIP CODE OF THE INSTITUTION THE 
INDIVIDUAL IS  ATTENDING.
THE HOUSING ALLOWANCE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING IS EQUAL TO 50 PERCENT OF  THE 
HOUSING ALLOWANCE FOR RESIDENT TRAINING.  THE HOUSING ALLOWANCE  IS PRORATED 
BASED ON THE RATE OF PURSUIT.  MEMBERS SHOULD CONTACT  THE DVA FOR ESTABLISHED 
RATES.
        (4) PAYMENT FOR NON-COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAMS, ON-THE-JOB  TRAINING, 
APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING, FLIGHT PROGRAMS AND  CORRESPONDENCE TRAINING WILL BE 
EXPANDED.  THE BENEFITS DIFFER FOR  THE TYPE OF PROGRAM PURSUED AND MEMBERS 
SHOULD CONTACT THE DVA FOR  ESTABLISHED RATES.
    D.  EFFECTIVE 1 AUGUST 2009 AND PAYABLE 1 OCTOBER 2011, THE  DEFINITION OF 
QUALIFYING ACTIVE DUTY TIME WILL BE EXPANDED TO  INCLUDE MEMBERS OF THE 
NATIONAL GUARD WHO ARE ORDERED TO SERVICE  UNDER TITLE 32 FOR THE PURPOSE OF 
ORGANIZING, ADMINISTERING,  RECRUITING, INSTRUCTING OR TRAINING THE NATIONAL 
GUARD OR WHEN  RESPONDING TO A NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED BY THE PRESIDENT 
AND  SUPPORTED BY FEDERAL FUNDS.

3.  BASED ON THESE CHANGES, ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS AND THEIR SPOUSES WHO  ARE 
CURRENTLY USING POST 9-11 TO PAY 100 PERCENT OF THEIR TUITION  AND FEES SHOULD 
BE PREPARED TO PAY ADDITIONAL COSTS IF ANY OF THE  FOLLOWING APPLY:
    A.  THE MEMBER IS NOT AT 100 PERCENT ELIGIBILITY BASED ON  QUALIFYING 
ACTIVE DUTY TIME; OR
    B.  THE ANNUAL TUITION FOR THE PRIVATE OR FOREIGN SCHOOL IS  GREATER THAN 
$17,500; OR
    C.  THE STUDENT IS PAYING OUT-OF-STATE TUITION AT A PUBLIC  INSTITUTION.

4.  TRANSFERABILITY SERVICE OBLIGATION POLICY.
    A.  TRANSFERABILITY IS A RETENTION AND RECRUITING TOOL AND ALL  TRANSFER 
OF EDUCATION BENEFITS (TEB) APPLICATIONS WILL HAVE A  SERVICE OBLIGATION END 
DATE DOCUMENTED AT THE TIME OF APPROVAL.  THE  FOLLOWING POLICY REMAINS IN 
EFFECT UNTIL 1 AUGUST 2013:
        (1) AT THE TIME THE TEB APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED, ENLISTED  MEMBERS 
WHO CANNOT COMMIT TO THE ADDITIONAL REQUIRED SERVICE  OBLIGATION DUE TO HIGH 
YEAR TENURE (HYT), WILL BE APPROVED FOR  TRANSFERABILITY PROVIDED THEIR 
SEAOS/EOS MATCHES THEIR HYT DATE.
        (2) AT THE TIME THE TEB APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED, OFFICERS  WHO ARE 
REQUIRED TO RETIRE DUE TO STATUTE AND CANNOT COMMIT TO THE  ADDITIONAL 
REQUIRED SERVICE OBLIGATION WILL BE APPROVED FOR  TRANSFERABILITY AND THEIR 
SERVICE OBLIGATION END DATE WILL MATCH  THEIR FORCED RETIREMENT DATE.
        (3) MEMBERS OF THE INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE (INCLUDING THE  VOLUNTARY 
TRAINING UNIT (VTU) AND ACTIVE STATUS POOL), MUST MEET ALL  OF THE FOLLOWING 
TO QUALIFY FOR TRANSFERABILITY:
            (A) MUST HAVE ENTERED THE INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE AFTER
 1 AUGUST 2009;
            (B) MUST HAVE COMPLETED 20 YEARS OF ACTIVE FEDERAL  SERVICE OR 20 
QUALIFYING YEARS FOR RESERVE RETIREMENT AS OF 1 AUGUST
 2009 AND
            (C) MUST BE ON ACTIVE DUTY ORDERS OF 90 DAYS OR GREATER.
    B.  BEGINNING 1 AUGUST 2013, DOD POLICY REQUIRES THAT ALL SERVICE  MEMBERS 
WHO WISH TO TRANSFER THEIR EDUCATION BENEFITS TO A FAMILY  MEMBER OBLIGATE FOR 
AN ADDITIONAL FOUR YEARS OF SERVICE REGARDLESS  OF THEIR TIME IN SERVICE OR 
RETIREMENT ELIGIBILITY DATE.

5.  TRANSFERABILITY FORCE MANAGEMENT POLICY.
    A.  SENIOR ENLISTED MEMBERS (E7-E9) IDENTIFIED BY THE  PERFORMANCE-BASED 
BOARD FOR CONTINUATION, WHO MUST RETIRE BEFORE  REACHING THEIR HYT, WILL NOT 
LOSE APPROVED TRANSFERABILITY IF THEY  ARE DISCHARGED BEFORE REACHING THEIR 
SERVICE OBLIGATION END DATE.
 SEPARATION PROGRAM DESIGNATOR (SPD) CODE SCC,REDUCTION IN FORCE,  WILL BE 
USED FOR THESE MEMBERS.  MEMBERS THAT ELECT TO VOLUNTARILY  RETIRE BEFORE 
SERVING THE AGREED REQUIRED OBLIGATION WILL FORFEIT  TRANSFERABILITY AND WILL 
BE SUBJECT TO RECOUPMENT BY DVA.
    B.  PER REF E, SAILORS NOT SELECTED FOR RETENTION BY THE  QUOTA-BASED 
ENLISTED RETENTION BOARD (QBERB) MAY BE ALLOWED TO  RETAIN TRANSFERABILITY IF 
THE MEMBER HAS TEN OR MORE YEARS AT THE  TIME OF SEPARATION.  SPD CODE OF 
EITHER JCC OR LCC WILL BE USED.
 SAILORS NOT SELECTED FOR RETENTION BY THE QBERB WITH LESS THAN TEN  YEARS AT 
THE TIME OF SEPARATION WILL NOT RETAIN TRANSFERABILITY UNLESS THEY AFFILIATE 
WITH THE SELECTED RESERVES AND SERVE THE  REQUIRED SERVICE OBLIGATION.
    C.  ELIGIBLE OFFICERS WHO SUBMIT A VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT REQUEST  IN ORDER 
TO BE EXEMPTED FROM CONSIDERATION BY THE SELECTIVE EARLY  RETIREMENT (SER) 
BOARD WILL RETAIN APPROVED TRANSFERABILITY IF THE  VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT 
REQUEST IS APPROVED.  SPD CODE RCC, SERVICE  MEMBER INITIATED RETIREMENT - 
REDUCTION IN FORCE, WILL BE USED FOR  OFFICERS IN THIS CATEGORY.
    D.  SELRES OFFICERS WITH A POST 9-11 ADDITIONAL SERVICE  OBLIGATION 
REQUIREMENT WHO REQUEST AND DO NOT RECEIVE AN OVER GRADE  WAIVER MUST 
PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL APPLY BOARD IN ACCORDANCE WITH  REF F TO QUALIFY FOR 
OR RETAIN TRANSFERABILITY.
    E.  SELRES OFFICERS WHO ARE NOT SELECTED FOR A BILLET VIA THE  ANNUAL 
APPLY BOARD WILL NOT LOSE TRANSFERABILITY IF, AS DIRECTED BY  COMMANDER, NAVY 
RESERVE FORCES COMMAND (CNRFC), THEY TRANSFER TO THE  VTU PRIOR TO REACHING 
THEIR SERVICE OBLIGATION END DATE.  MEMBERS  MUST TRANSFER BENEFITS PRIOR TO 
ENTERING THE VTU.
    F.  ENLISTED MEMBERS APPROVED FOR THE ENLISTED EARLY CAREER  TRANSITION 
PROGRAM THAT HAVE TRANSFERRED EDUCATION BENEFITS CAN  FULFILL THEIR ADDITIONAL 
OBLIGATED SERVICE IF THEY REMAIN IN A  SELECTED RESERVE DRILL PAY STATUS UNTIL 
THEIR SERVICE OBLIGATION END  DATE.

6.  MULTIPLE ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTION.  MEMBERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM  UTILIZING 
THE SAME PERIOD OF SERVICE TO QUALIFY FOR MULTIPLE  EDUCATION ASSISTANCE 
PROGRAMS.  DVA WILL DETERMINE THE MANNER BY  WHICH MEMBERS MAKE THEIR 
ELECTION.

7.  REFERENCE INFORMATION.
    A.  SEE DVA'S WEB SITE WWW.GIBILL.VA.GOV FOR DETAILED INFORMATION 
REGARDING USE AND BENEFITS OF TRANSFERRED POST 9-11 ENTITLEMENT.
    B.  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND A SERVICE MEMBER  TRANSFERABILITY 
PROCESS CHECKLIST ARE AVAILABLE ON NAVY KNOWLEDGE  ONLINE (NKO) AND BUPERS 
WEBSITE. HTTP://WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/CAREERINFO/EDUCATION/GIBILL.

8.  POINTS OF CONTACT.
    A.  MS. ANN HUNTER, OPNAV N153, (931) 535-3167, OR VIA E-MAIL  ANN.HUNTER 
(AT)NAVY.MIL.
    B.  NPC CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672)/ DSN 882-
5672.
    C.  CNRFC POST 9-11 GI BILL HELP DESK:  1-888-643-8821, OR VIA  E-MAIL 
CNRFC_POST911GIBILL(AT)NAVY.MIL.

9.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//

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