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.
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.