Chapter 1606, Title 10 U.S. Code
Chapter 1606 is an educational program for members who are actively participating in the Selected Reserve. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security determine who’s eligible for Chapter 1606. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the program and pays benefits.
Basic eligibility requires a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training. Chapter 1606 benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the reservist.
Chapter 1606 Kickers: An additional amount, called a kicker, may be added to the benefit of some Chapter 1606 students. A Chapter 1606 kicker may be a part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.