Reserve and Guard Montgomery GI Bill

Air Force Reserve plane awaits postflight inspection
A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing sits on the flight line while waiting to receive a basic postflight inspection at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Feb. 3, 2020. (Joshua J. Seybert/U.S. Air Force)

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GI Bill benefits are available for Selected Reserve and National Guard members to help with education and training costs. The guide topics include the following:

The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), is available to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the National Guard.

Besides the MGIB-SR, activated reserve and Guard service members may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if they were activated under certain conditions. See our Post-9/11 GI Bill page for more details. 

The MGIB-SR benefit is worth over $14,000. This amount is based on the current monthly full-time student payment rate multiplied by the 36-month limit. This "payment rate" automatically increases on October 1 each year. You get the increase no matter when you became eligible or start using it.

Check out the current MGIB-SR rates.

Note: Your actual benefits may be higher if you signed up for the Army, Navy or Marine Corps College Funds.

MGIB-SR Eligibility

To be eligible for the MGIB-SR you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve or Guard signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation.
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).
  • Receive you high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT.
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit.

Using Your GI Bill

Your GI Bill can be used to pay for many different programs including the following:

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