When you choose to join the United States Marine Corps Reserves, there are many benefits offered to you. One of the most impressive are the educational benefits. Reservists interested in a college or trade school education may qualify for financial assistance through the Montgomery GI Bill.
The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve provides education benefits for Marine reserves who: have completed or are completing a 6 year obligation in the Selected Reserves, or, if an officer, have agreed to serve 6 years in addition to their original obligation; have completed IADT; have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate; and remain in good standing with a Selected Reserve unit.
Educational assistance for undergraduate, graduate, or technical training is available under the program. Under most circumstances, benefits end 10 years after the date the Marine became eligible for the program or on the day the Marine leaves the Selected Reserve.
Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Enhanced Educational Benefits (MGIB-SR Kicker)
The Kicker offers eligible Marines as much as $350 in additional educational benefits monthly. As with the MGIB-SR basic benefits the Kicker is prorated for less than full time study. The Kicker is available for a maximum of 36 months of full time academic pursuit and are retainable as long as basic benefits are available.
Marine Corps Institute Distant Learning PME courses offer Marines an excellent opportunity to develop their professional knowledge, leadership and skills while at home. These courses are available from MCI at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C. and from other DoD services. Many MCI correspondence courses offer college credit upon completion.