Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

In the previous blog post, I discussed the different education benefits that exist for National Guard and Reserve service members who serve in the state of Nevada. Now I will review the education benefits that are provided by the VA that are tailored to reservists. Being a reservist can be tricky when it comes to VA benefits because some service members have only served time in the reserves and don’t have any active duty time or deployment time that would allow them to be eligible for more VA education benefits. Keeping this in mind, the VA created the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve benefit, also known as Chapter 1606.

This benefit is only offered to eligible service members that have served in the national guard or reserve component of the armed forces. This benefit provides 36 months of education benefit, if at anytime a service member meets the qualifications that is needed to obtain the Post 9/11 GI Bill, they are eligible to convert their benefit from 1606 to 33. Below you will find the basic eligibility requirements for MGIB-SR:

One of these must be true:

  • You have a 6-year service obligation (you agreed to serve 6 years) in the Selected Reserve, or
  • You’re an officer in the Selected Reserve and you agreed to serve 6 years in addition to your initial service obligation
  • Note: Your obligation must have started after June 30, 1985, or for some types of training after September 30, 1990.

And all of these must also be true:

  • You complete your initial active duty for training (IADT), and
  • You get a high school diploma or certificate of equal value, like a High School Equivalency Diploma or GED, before finishing IADT (Note: You can’t use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement), and
  • You stay in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit
  • (Note: You’ll still be eligible if you’re discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct)

If you have any other questions regarding VA education benefits please visit, VA.GOV or call 1-800-827-1000.

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