Are you interested in serving in the Selected Reserve? When you join the reserves of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or the Army National Guard or Air National Guard, you are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve program (MGIB-SR), the first Armed Forces education assistance program that doesn’t require you to serve in active duty.
In exchange for your efforts in the Selective Reserve, you can receive benefits and money for a college education or training courses. This college funding can be used for a variety of degree programs.
If you’re a member of the Selected Reserve or are considering joining, find out if you’re eligible for MGIB-SR benefits. This college money can help you pay for a college degree or the specific type of training you’re interested in.
What Is the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)?
The MGIB-SR is a college assistance program that provides eligible service members of the Armed Forces with up to 36 academic months (or 8 semesters) of college aid benefits, such as tuition assistance. You can enroll in degree programs and courses at colleges and universities or pursue distance learning programs at online schools. The MGIB-SR also offers college funding for independent study, apprenticeships and flight training.
Who Is Eligible for the Selected Reserve GI Bill?
To qualify, you must sign a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve; officers must agree to serve for 12 years to receive this money for college. You must also have a high school diploma or the equivalency before you apply and remain in good standing while serving.
How Much College Aid Can You Receive through the Selected Reserve MGIB-SR?
Full-time payment at a college or university for the MGIB-SR education benefits, such as tuition, is $333 per month, with half-time payment at $165. For distance learning programs, you can receive 55% of approved charges for a course.
For an apprenticeship or on-the-job training, you can earn $249.75 for the first six months, $183.15 for the next six months, and $116.55 for the rest of the program.
How Do You Apply for the Selected Reserve MGIB?
When you become eligible for these benefits, your unit will give you the necessary form, DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility. If Veterans Affairs considers you eligible for these benefits, your Reserve or Guard component will inform the Department of Defense of your eligibility.
Selected Reserve Tips & Tactics
- Want more information on the Selected Reserve MGIB-SR? Talk to your recruiter, education service officer or call 888-GI-Bill-1.
- Was your Reserve or National Guard unit deactivated between October 1, 1991 and September 30, 1995. If so, you’re still eligible for MGIB-SR benefits. Your eligibility period for these benefits may also be extended if you go on active duty.
- Make time for school: You have only 14 years from the date of your eligibility, or on the date you leave the Selected Reserve to receive this college money to pursue your college degree or other training.