Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. 

Who’s Eligible: Members of the Sselected Reserve, which includes Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve 6 years in addition to your original obligation (for some types of training, it is necessary to have a 6-year commitment that begins after Sept. 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 Reserve unit.

Enrollment requirements: You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, flight training, 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.

Need-based Aid: No

Award Amount: variable

This aid is for eligible members of the U.S. Reserves

Application Form/Instructions:

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 must also complete VA form 22-1990