The Montgomery VA education benefits – Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after 06/30/1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after 09/30/1990;
- Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);
- Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT;
- Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit.
If your Reserve or National Guard unit was deactivated during the period 10/01/1991, through 09/30/1995, or you are involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force) from Reserve or National Guard service during this same period, you will retain eligibility for MGIB-SR benefits for the full 14 year eligibility period. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.
Other eligibility requirements may apply in addition to the information noted below. Contact the Veterans Administration Western Region Office (Muskogee, Oklahoma) at 1-888-442-4551 to discuss your eligibility status. Or visit the VA Education Benefits website.