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Chapter 1606, Guard/Reserves

Chapter 1606 - MGIB Selected Reserve


Eligibility: To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training, it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990;

  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT);

  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement;

  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit.Flag

If your Reserve or National Guard unit is deactivated during the period October 1, 1991, through September 30, 1995, or you are involuntarily separated (e.g., reduction in force) from Reserve or National Guard service during this same period, you will retain eligibility for MGIB - SR benefits for the full 14 year eligibility period. You will also retain MGIB - SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.

How to Apply: In order to apply for this benefit it is best to fill out the online application on VONAPP. There are a few important things to know about this application. Your VA file number is your SSN, you need to have a 6 year contract and a NOBE from your unit in order fo the VA to accept your claim. Upon completion of this application you will need to click submit and certify. Once the submission is complete print off a paper form and ensure that a copy of that gets to your VA Coordinator.

Pay: In order to recieve payment you must log into WAVE on the last day of every month that you are enrolled and certify your enrollment.