Soldier forced to stay in uniform or lose benefits | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

After nearly 20 years in uniform, Army Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor wants to retire.

But at a time when budget cuts are forcing the Army to shed soldiers, Taylor, a communications plans chief at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, is being forced to serve an additional 18 months.

That’s because last year, he transferred his Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to his newborn daughter. The bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, usually payable for 15 years following a service member’s release from active duty.

Taylor, 41, says he wants his daughter, Charley Taylor, to get the education benefits he isn’t planning to use.

Under Army rules, however, soldiers seeking such a benefits transfer can do so — but only if they agree to spend more time in uniform.

Taylor was planning to retire in June 2015, after 20 years of service, and stay in Tampa. The Army says that unless he revokes the benefits transfer, he will have to stay in uniform until February 2017. That will likely mean a move to a new duty station, Taylor says.

The Army says that unlike the underlying benefits, the ability to transfer them is not an entitlement.

via Soldier forced to stay in uniform or lose benefits | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times.

Really, LTC Taylor? You’re upset that the Army wants you to honor an obligation you freely and knowingly entered into?

You have no idea just how lucky you have it. First, the option to transfer any benefits simply didn’t exist for my dad.

Second, when he wanted to retire at 31 years, BuPers flat out told him no, and kept him on active duty another 18 months. Mind you, after 30 years, he wasn’t getting any increases in his retirement pay (unlike you, LTC Taylor).

And running to the press to whine about how hard your situation is ain’t gaining many sympathy points from me.

Understand, dear readers, that the Army isn’t saying he can’t retire. He can (as soon as he reaches 20 years active service). Furthermore, he won’t lose those educational benefits. Instead they merely would not be eligible for transfer to his daughter.

The Army is being forced to shed an awful lot of good officers and NCOs.

I’m a little disappointed the dragnet seems to have missed this guy.

8 thoughts on “Soldier forced to stay in uniform or lose benefits | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times”

  1. Sounds a bit like that supposed bin Laden “shooter” who was said to have cut bait at somewhere between sixteen and eighteen years (I forget exactly which), and was bitching about not getting retirement benefits.

    Even those who are eventually rejected by the process know that twenty is the base number. These things are pounded almost as often as sexual harassment training, thus there is no excuse to claim foul play.

  2. Waah. Reality is that as of last AUG, there was an Additional Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) placed on those transferring their GI Bill. At least he can get it, I still have an unknown amount of money left in my Montgomery GI Bill which I can’t even give away, so I can’t deplete my MGIB. The army would give me 1 year of the new GI Bill if I could deplete the old one, but I can’t get VA to tell me how much is in it, let alone how to get rid of it. If I could tap into the new GI Bill, I would be eligible to transfer it to my kids, and know full well of the additional service requirement that is required in order to do so. It is my choice, just as it is LTC Taylor’s choice: transfer the benefit and meet the ADSO, or don’t transfer it and get out: what’ll it be? Whatever it is, don’t whine about it in the papers. That is pretty weak.

  3. Dear LTC Taylor,
    Get a dictionary.
    Look between shit and syphyllis.
    You’ll find sympathy there.

    Sincerely,
    Everybody getting SERB’d, QRB’d and pink slipped

  4. DUH! What a maroon! Does that mean that all those Majors about to be RIFed could get extended by transfering their GI Bill?

  5. Transfering your GI Bill? Who’d a thunk. I can only imagine the red-tape nightmare his child(ren) will have trying to get that money when the time comes.

  6. *pulls out fingers and toes and starts counting*

    So he has to use those benefits within 15 years of retiring. He transferred the benefits last year to a newborn, making the kid a year old now, making the kid 16 and not college age when those benefits expire.

    He stays in another 18 months, that makes the kid not yet 18 and maybe, but likely not, getting one year of college before the benefits expire.

    What am I missing?

  7. Well, you’re close:
    Spouses

    May start to use the benefit immediately
    May use the benefit while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty
    Are not eligible for the monthly housing allowance while the member is serving on active duty
    Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service members last separation from active duty

    Children

    May start to use the benefit only after the individual making the transfer has completed at least 10 years of service in the armed forces
    May use the benefit while the eligible individual remains in the armed forces or after separation from active duty
    May not use the benefit until he or she has attained a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate), or he or she has reached age 18
    Is entitled to the monthly housing allowance stipend even though the eligible individual is on active duty
    Is not subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may not use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age

  8. The first issue here is that the reporter – Harold Altman – is a sole-source writer for the Tampa Tribune. He generally gets his “information” from his drinking buddies at the Four Green Fields Bar in Tampa on Fridays. He needs to start doing some objective reporting and find out the other side to the story.

    As noted by the others on here, this is NOT new information on the post 9/1 GI Bill. The information has been out since 2009. LTC Oblivious clearly did NOT exercise his personal responsibility to read the message traffic explaining the rules. Even a simple Google search “ transferring post 9/11 benefits to family members” gives you 2.6million results in .67 seconds.

    Oh by the way….LTC Oblivious is a “CENTCOM Spokesman”….he works at CENTCOM PAO….hmmm see the connection to Altman.

    The story here is that there is no story. The military didn’t screw over another Soldier, the man isn’t sticking it to anyone …Altman self-generated news and the LTC Oblivious outed himself as a whiner and as a non-reliable spokesman for CENTCOM.

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