Learn more in a pamphlet from VA.
This educational benefit is for current members of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard who signed a six-year obligation to serve after June 30, 1985, or, if an officer, six years in addition to the original obligation.
In addition to current membership in the Selected Reserve or National Guard, an individual must also have completed initial Active Duty for Training, have a high-school diploma or equivalency certificate before applying for the GI Bill benefit and remain in good standing with his or her Selected Reserve or Guard unit.
Up to 36 months of education benefits are payable 14 years from the date of eligibility or until the individual leaves the Selected Reserve or Guard.
The benefit may be used for college degree or certification programs, technical or vocational training, flight training, apprenticeship or on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Non-credit, remedial and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.