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 Overview

 
The Montgomery GI Bill Selected-Reserve (MGIB-SR/Ch 1606) program established in 1985 expanded traditional education benefits to reservists for the 1st time. It was authorized by Public Law 98-525, which also set up the Chapter 30(MGIB-AD) GI Bill program. Participants are members of the Selected Reserves, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard (IRR and ING do NOT qualify).
 

 Inital Eligibility Requirements

 

Eligibility requirements for the CH 1606 GI Bill program are as follows:

Enlisted:

  • 6 year contract with a Selected Reserve Component (NG or Reserve; not IRR or ING) after 30 June 1985
  • Completion of Basic Training & AIT
  • Completion of High School Diploma or GED

Officer: below criteria if eligibility not gained as enlisted

  • DA 5447 (Officer Service Agreement)
  • Completion of BOLC
  • Completion of High School Diploma or GED
 

 Reasons for Suspension of Benefits

 

Benefits under the CH 1606 GI Bill program can be placed into a suspended status. The following is a list of reasons that your benefits could be temporarily suspended:

  • Service Member completes 6-yr enlistment contract & leaves the Reserves/National Guard for 12 months/36 months for missionary purposes
  • Service Member has 9 AWOLS periods & is awaiting possible Discharge Determination
  • Service Member enters the AGR Program
  • Service Member is currently receiving a ROTC Scholarship under Section 2107 of 10 U.S.C (not suspended if receiving Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarship)
 

 How Benefits Can Be Reinstated

 

Service Members with benefits suspended under the CH 1606 GI Bill program can have their benefits reinsated by the following:

  • Service Member returns from their 1st break-in-service from the Reserves/National Guard within the required time-limit
  • Service Member is determined a satisfactory participant
  • Service Member leaves the AGR Program
  • Service Member is no longer receiving a ROTC Scholarship under Section 2107 of U.S.C.
 

 Reasons for Termination of Benefits

 
Once benefits are terminated, they cannot be reinstated. The following is a list of reasons that your benefits could be terminated:
  • Service Member serves out 6-yr enlistment contract & leaves the Reserves/National Guard for more than 12 months/more than 36 months for missionary purposes.
  • Service Member has 2nd break-in-service from the Reserves/National Guard(IRR/ING count as a break-in-service)
  • Service Member is Discharged due to AWOLs/unsatisfactory participation
  • Service Member falls to complete 6-yr obligation with the Reserves/National Guard
 

 Retaining Benefits

 

In most cases, Service Members will not be able to retain their benefits under the CH 1606 GI Bill program if they no longer belong the a Selected Reserve Component (NG or Reserve; not IRR or ING). The two exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  • Service Member is separated from service because of a disability that was not the result of their willful misconduct & was incurred on or after the date they became eligible for Ch 1606
  • Service Member was involuntarily separated between 1 Oct 1991 & 31 Dec 2001 & will retain eligibility for the remainder of their original eligibility period
 

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