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MGIB Selected Reserve Eligibility


The Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606, Title 10) helps Reserve members of the military with educational expenses. MGIB-SR is unique in that it doesn’t require active duty service to be eligible for benefits. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

You may be considered eligible for MGIB-SR if:

  • Have your High School Diploma or GED.
  • Have completed your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT).
  • You signed a six-year obligation after 6/30/1985 to serve in the Selected Reserve, or as an officer you agree to an additional six-year obligation in addition to your current service. Some types of training will require this period to start after 9/30/1990.
  • If you are honorably discharged from the Reserves due to a service-related disability you may still be eligible for MGIB-SR.
  • You are drilling and meeting your Reserve obligations.

Your eligibility for MGIB-SR is restricted or ends under a few circumstances:

  • If you leave the Selected Reserves, your eligibility for MGIB-SR ends.
  • If you are called to Active Reserve Guard duty (ARG), your MGIB-SR will be suspended. Time served plus 4 months will be added to your MGIB-SR benefits. These will be added to your MGIB-SR time later and can be used even if you leave service.
  • You are not eligible for MGIB-SR if you used your four years of Selected Reserve time to apply for the 2 X 4 MGIB-AD program. If you agree to serve an additional six years with the Reserves, you are then entitled to both MGIB-AD and MGIB-SR benefits and could use them together for a maximum entitlement of 48 months.
  • Your MGIB-SR benefits will be suspended if you are not participating or meeting your Reserve obligations.
  • Receiving a Senior Reserve Officer’s Training Corp’s Scholarship (SROTC), Section 2107 of Title 10, U.S. Code, makes you ineligible for MGIB-SR benefits. Other types of ROTC assistance might not conflict with MGIB-SR.
  • If you stay in the Selected Reserve, you will be eligible for benefits for 10 years if you became eligible before 10/1/1992 and for 14 years if you became eligible after 10/1/1992.

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