Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

Air Force Reserve: Drilling

Benefit Fact Sheet

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The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible service members and Veterans for programs such as: college, business, technical, or vocational school; apprenticeship / on-the-job training; correspondence courses; remedial, deficiency, and refresher training (in some cases); and flight training.

Benefit Highlights

The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) also known as Chapter 1606, provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible service members. Generally, service members have 14 years from the date they become eligible to use the benefits. If a service member leaves, the Selected Reserves benefits end the day the service member separates. An exception to this applies and service members retain eligibility for MGIB-SR benefits for the full 14 year period if: 1) a service member's Reserve or National Guard unit was deactivated, or a service member was involuntarily separated from Reserve or National Guard service (such as a reduction in force), during the period October 1, 1991 through September 30, 1995; and/or October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2014 or 2) a service member was discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability not caused by misconduct.

Education programs that qualify under the GI bill include:

  • Attending classes that lead to a college degree like an Associate, Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate Degree
  • Vocational programs that lead to a degree or certificate
  • Accredited independent study such as online or internet training
  • Correspondence training (55% of approved costs)
  • On-the job (OJT) or apprenticeship training - reimbursed at:
    • 75% of the fulltime GI Bill rate for the first six months of training
    • 55% for the second six months
    • 35% for the remainder of the training
    • Service member also receives a salary from employer
  • Flight training - up to 60% of approved charges (must have private pilot license and valid medical certificate)
  • Licensing & certification up to $2,000.00 per exam - pass or fail
  • Entrepreneurship classes offered through the Small Business Development Center or the National Veterans Business Development Center
  • High cost tech courses - up to 60% of the charges may be reimbursed
  • Tuition Assistance: "Top-Up"

Payment Rates are based on a number of factors, including:

  • Length of service member's original enlistment
  • Type of training taken
  • Number of classes service member is enrolled in
  • Participation in the GI Bill $600.00 buy-up program
  • Participation in a college fund program
  • Rates determined by Congress which usually change each fiscal year

Current Payment Rates:

For MGIB-AD rates effective October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2024, please visit:

Veterans Affairs (VA) Notification:

  • For colleges, vocational schools, independent study, flight, correspondence, and high-tech training, the school reports service member's enrollment to the VA.
  • For OJT and apprenticeship training, service member's employer or union notifies the VA.
  • For licensing & certification tests, service member must report his enrollment and provide the VA with a receipt, his test results, and written permission for VA to view his records.
  • For entrepreneurship classes the Small Business Development Center of the National Business Development Center will report service member's enrollment to the VA.

How to Apply:

Service members can apply online through the Veterans Affairs website or by filling out VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. Service member's unit will provide DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility, when service member becomes eligible for the program and will code the eligibility into the Department of Defense personnel system so VA may verify.

Additional Information
Document Review Date: 15 November 2023