The Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve program is an educational benefit provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for qualifying members of the United States Military serving as members of the Reserve or the National Guard.
Members of the following services may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill:
- Air Force Reserve
- Army Reserve
- Navy Reserve
- Marine Corps Reserve
- Coast Guard Reserve
- Army National Guard
- Air National Guard
What Does The Program Do?
The Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve, often abbreviated as MGIB-SR, offers up to 36 months of educational benefits for those who meet the following criteria:
- The applicant is an enlisted member with a six-year service obligation in the Selected Reserve.
- The applicant is an officer in the Selected Reserve commits to an additional six years above and beyond the initial service obligation.
- The applicant has completed Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT).
- The applicant has a high school diploma, a High School Equivalency Diploma, or GED, before finishing IADT.
- The applicant remains in good standing while working in an active Selected Reserve unit.
What Can The Montgomery GI BIll For Selected Reserve Pay For?
Eligible members of the Guard and Reserve may use the MGIB-SR for the following types of higher learning:
- Undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- Non-college degree technical or vocational courses
- Flight training
- On-the-job training
- High-tech non-degree programs (two years or less)
- Co-op training
- Licensing and certification tests
- Entrepreneurship training
- Qualifying entrance examinations or national testing
- Correspondence courses
Some remedial or refresher courses may also qualify, but these may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Who Decides Who Is Eligible For The MGIB-SR?
Your reserve component will decide who is eligible and who is not. That decision is NOT made at the Department of Veterans Affairs. You will need to discuss current requirements based on the service you are with, via your orderly room, 1st Sergeant, base education office, etc.
Can I Use The MGIB-SR With Other VA Educational Benefits?
The Department of Veterans Affairs official site informs veterans that they are only eligible to use one VA education benefit at a time. That does not mean you cannot use the MGIB-SR in conjunction with a state-level veteran education benefit, but you can’t take advantage of two VA programs at once.
Generally speaking, you may be eligible for a maximum of 48 months of VA education benefits based on getting access to more than one VA program.
Restrictions On The Montgomery GI Bill For Selected Reserve
Those who choose to have their total service in the Selected Reserve counted towards eligibility for the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty program known as “2×4” are not eligible for the MGIB-SR. The 2×4 program lets members choose to have their service count towards the Active Duty version of the MGIB with two continuous years of service and a four-year commitment to the Selected Reserve, as long as the service member enters the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty military service.
There is one exception-those who commit to an additional six years of Selected Reserve duty will become eligible for both the MGIB-SR and the active duty version of the MGIB. Again, you cannot use both benefits at the same time.
How Do I Sign Up For The MGIB-SR?
You will need to have DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility. You may obtain this form from your unit when you become eligible for the MGIB-SR. You’ll need to work directly with your unit to determine how and when to get this form and you will need to have your command enter your data into the VA system.
To use the benefits, assuming the program choose is VA approved, you will need to submit VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits to your closest VA regional office.
What About The New Forever GI Bill?
Those who are eligible for the MGIB-SR may, depending on circumstances, become eligible to sign up for the new Forever GI Bill. This applies to members of the Selected Reserve who are called to duty at the request of a governor seeking help during a major emergency or natural disaster.
Eligibility for the Forever GI Bill is also possible for those who qualify for MGIB-SR if they are mobilized in support of a combatant command. Date restrictions may apply depending on the time you are trying to access Forever GI Bill benefits, and payments for that program for Selected Reserve members would begin with classes that start on or after August 1, 2018.
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