Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
SGLI is a program that provides low-cost term life insurance coverage to eligible Servicemembers. If eligible, you are automatically issued the maximum SGLI coverage. If you qualify for SGLI, you are automatically enrolled and do not need to apply for coverage.
Servicemembers can make changes to your SGLI coverage. For example, Servicemembers can decline SGLI coverage, select a lesser amount than maximum coverage. designate beneficiaries, and/or make other changes.
You are automatically insured under full-time SGLI if you are one of the following:
- Active duty member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard
- Commissioned member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) or the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)
- Cadet or midshipman of the U.S. military academies
- Member, cadet, or midshipman of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) engaged in authorized training and practice cruises
- Member of the Ready Reserve or National Guard and are scheduled to perform at least 12 periods of inactive training per year
- Servicemember who volunteers for a mobilization category in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
SGLI coverage is available in $50,000 increments up to the maximum of $400,000. Covered members receive 120 days of free coverage from their date of separation. Coverage can be extended for up to two years if the Servicemember is totally disabled at separation. Part-time coverage is also provided to Reserve members who do not qualify for full-time coverage (members covered part-time do not receive 120
days of free coverage).
If you are totally disabled at the time of separation (unable to work), you can apply for the SGLI Disability Extension. which provides free coverage for up to two years from the date of separation. At the end of the extension period, you automatically become eligible for VGLI, subject to premium payments.
To assess your life insurance needs and determine if you have enough coverage, you can use the Insurance Needs Calculator.
Ready Reserve or National Guard Members in Non-Pay Status
You are generally still covered by SGLI if you are a member of the Ready Reserve or National Guard and are:
- scheduled to perform at least 12 periods of inactive training per year, AND
- are drilling for points, rather than pay.
SGLI premium rates are the same as those drilling for pay. However, each branch of service handles payment of premiums during this non-pay period differently. If you are a drilling Reservist or Guard member in a non-pay status and have questions about whether you are covered by SGLI and how to pay your premiums, view our branch of service contact list for the number to call for information.
If you have SGLI coverage, you pay a monthly premium that is automatically deducted from your base pay. The current basic SGLI premium rate is 7 cents per $1,000 of insurance. The premium includes an additional $1.00 per month for Traumatic Injury Protection coverage (TSGLI) .
SGLI Premium Rates Effective July 1, 2014Source: www.benefits.va.gov