Military Leave

Graduate students are eligible for leave from their academic studies for military service, including through Academic Leave of Absence.

Graduate Assistants are not eligible for the 30-day differential pay benefit for reservists. Assistants are eligible for the 4-year Military Leave Benefit if called to active duty. Because the Graduate Assistant stipends are unlikely to be higher than the military pay, assistants are not likely eligible for differential pay. However, during the 4-year Military Leave assistants can continue to enroll in UWM health benefits by paying the employer contribution during the duration of the leave, regardless of whether they are receiving differential pay. Assistants on Military Leave who do not continue their benefits can re-enroll within 30 days of returning to work.

See UW System Administrative Policy 1218 and the UW System webpage on Military Leave for more information.

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