Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606)
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you
are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army
Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard
Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. You may use
this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or
correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs,
apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs.
Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA
makes the payments for this program. You may be entitled to receive up to 36
months of education benefits.
If your eligibility to this program began on or after October 1, 1992, your period
of eligibility ends 14 years from your beginning date of eligibility, or on the
day you leave the Selected Reserve.
If your eligibility to this program began prior to October 1, 1992, your period of
eligibility ends 10 years from your beginning date of eligibility, or on the day
you leave the Selected Reserve.
You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of
education benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of your
eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
One exception to this rule exists if you are mobilized (or recalled to active
duty from your reserve status) in this case your eligibility may be extended for
the amount of time you are mobilized PLUS four months. For example, if you are
mobilized for 12 months your eligibility period is extended for 16 months (12
months active duty PLUS 4 months). So even if you leave the reserves after
mobilization, you may have additional eligibility to the MGIB-SR.
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve
signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to
serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of
training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after
September 30, 1990;
- Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);
- Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or
equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours
toward a college degree to meet this requirement;
- Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected
- If your Reserve or National Guard unit is deactivated during
the period October 1, 1991, through September 30, 1995, or you are
involuntarily separated (e.g., reduction in force) from Reserve or National
Guard service during this same period, you will retain eligibility for MGIB
- SR benefits for the full 14 year eligibility period. You will also retain
MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service
due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility
period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
How do I Apply?
Your unit will give you DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, when you
become eligible for the program. Your unit will also code your eligibility into the
Department of Defense personnel system so that VA may verify your eligibility.
You can apply by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, online at vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.
How Do I Get More Information?
Contact your local VA Regional Office at 1-888-GI-BILL-1