Program Description

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) - Selected Reserve is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the reserve components of the Armed Forces. The MGIB-Selected Reserve program provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

General Program Requirements

You must:

  • Incur a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve after June 30, 1985 (officers must agree to serve six years in addition to your original obligation), and
  • Complete your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT), and
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit
  • Complete high school or have a high school equivalency certificate
Your reserve or National Guard component determines your eligibility for this program.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To complete an application, use VA Form 22-1990, "Application for VA Education Benefits." You can complete the application online on VA's eBenefits website.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Education and Training page.

If you have questions:

  • Visit the GI Bill customer service page, to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question electronically
  • Call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
  • For TDD/TYY use 711

To apply for additional benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans, Servicemembers and their family members can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit the eBenefits website.