Selected Reserve GI Bill (Chapter 1606)

The MGIB-SR is an education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. It is the first program that doesn't require a person to serve on active duty in the regular Armed Forces to qualify. An eligible reservist can also receive education benefits while at UNC.

Am I Eligible?

You may be considered an eligible reservist or National Guard member if you meet the following criteria:

  • After June 30, 1985, you signed a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve
  • You completed your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT)
  • You got your High School Diploma or GED before you completed your IADT
  • You are in good standing in a drilling Selected Reserve unit

If you stay in the Selected Reserves, benefits generally end 14 years from the date you became eligible if you became eligible on or after October 1, 1992. Your period of eligibility may be extended, if you were unable to train because of a service-related disability. Typically, your eligibility ends when you leave the Selected Reserves.

Note: If you are an officer in the Selected Reserve OR if you entered active duty from the Selected Reserve after November 29, 1989, check with the VA at


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