SGLI is a VA program that provides low cost group life insurance to all military members. Members are automatically insured under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) for the maximum amount of $400,000 unless you choose otherwise.
You can always make changes to the amount of your SGLI coverage or change your beneficiary (the person who gets the money if you die) by using SOES (SGLI Online Enrollment System) which is available on the DMDC website.
You can reduce the insurance by $50,000 increments or cancel it entirely.
SGLI also includes Traumatic Injury Protection. This coverage provides servicemembers protection against loss due to traumatic injuries and is designed to provide financial assistance to members so their loved ones can be with them during their recovery from their injuries. The coverage ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 depending on the nature of the injury.
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SGLI costs 7 cents per $1,000 of coverage, or $29 per month for the maximum of $400,000, this includes a mandatory $1 charge for TSGLI.
When you get out of the military your SGLI will stay in effect for 120 days after your discharge. You can convert your SGLI to VGLI, (Veterans Group Life Insurance), a similar program if you wish.
Related Life Insurance Programs:
- Family Servicemember's Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
- Service Disabled Veteran Insurance (S-DVI)
- Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI)
- Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
- Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
For more details on the SGLI program, see the VA's Life Insurance Program Website.