Reserve training goes beyond the kind of experience that can be gained in the civilian sector and can give you a distinct advantage as a professional. There are also programs in place to help you to get a college degree, earn college credit, expand your credentials and advance your education as a member of the Navy Reserve.
Here are some of the key Navy Reserve training and education opportunities that can help further your career goals – both in and out of uniform.
Assistance available through the GI Bill
Since originally being signed into law in 1944, the GI Bill has long provided eligible servicemembers and military veterans with outstanding training and education opportunities. Today, depending on background and experience, Reservists can receive benefits through a variety of GI Bill programs – and there’s the possibility of qualifying for more than one program.
Get highlights of some of the most common GI Bill benefit programs below and determine which option is right for you.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a benefit program that provides generous educational assistance to those with qualifying Active Duty service on or after September 11, 2001. In general, eligibility requires a minimum of 90 days of aggregate service for Reservists since this date, or at least 30 days of continuous Active Duty service if discharged due to a service-connected disability since this date.
Approved training through the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes:
- Undergraduate and graduate degrees
- Vocational/technical training
- Licensing and certification test reimbursement
The available benefit depends upon your qualifying length of service. At its maximum, the Post-9/11 GI Bill essentially gives recipients the ability to receive an in-state, undergraduate education at a qualifying public institution at no cost. To receive the maximum payout, you must have 36 months of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001.
Here are some of the key points to keep in mind about the Post-9/11 GI Bill:
- This benefit is non-contributory, meaning it is available without having to buy in
- It can provide tuition and fees for college – including potential funding for books and supplies along with a monthly stipend to help with expenses
- It may be possible to transfer the benefit to eligible family members (including spouse and children)
Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to members of the Selected Reserve. It provides up to 36 months of educational benefits that may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is available to Reservists who complete a minimum of 90 days of Active Duty service in response to a war or national emergency (in support of a contingency operation) after 9/11.
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More opportunities to earn a degree
Whatever degree you seek – associate, bachelor’s, master’s or beyond – the Navy Reserve can help you acquire it.
Tuition Assistance (TA) Program
Selected Reservists on Active Duty for 120 continuous days can be reimbursed up to 100 percent of tuition costs.
Advanced Degree Programs
The Navy is involved with a number of graduate-level institutions that offer a variety of advanced degrees for eligible Reservists. Also, the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, offers postgraduate study. This accredited college offers graduate degrees in a number of fields that are critical to the mission of the Navy and Department of Defense.
Looking for info on NROTC?
The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) is a scholarship program that leads qualified students to an Officer position serving full-time on Active Duty. Though you are technically an inactive member of the Navy Reserve while completing your studies, the scholarship program requires an Active Duty commitment of four to five years after you graduate.
More opportunities to earn college credit
What you do in the Navy Reserve could be applied toward a degree.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Program
Comprised of more than 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Program allows you to pursue college and university independent study courses. The DANTES Program allows servicemembers to transfer credits from school to school and receive college credits for military training and experience.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Reservists have the opportunity to take free College Level Examination Program tests. Along with credit from service schools and work experience, these nationally recognized tests can provide a convenient way for members to earn college credit toward an associate degree.
Opportunities to earn professional credentials
What you do in the Navy Reserve may meet civilian certification and licensing requirements, and you can make the most of that.
Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) Program
Through the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online program, Reservists can see their specialized training translate into credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations.
Reserve Benefits Guide
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Consider Your Service Options.
There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Full-time service opportunities are also available – allowing you to take advantage of the full range of great benefits.