GI Bill - Not Just for College

Vocational education student learning to read construction blueprints.

Veterans can qualify for GI Bill benefits, even if they are not going to college, and many of them are unaware of that fact.

Many veterans are not aware they can use their GI Bill benefits for on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs with most businesses. These programs are excellent ways to enable a veteran to acquire a skill under the supervision of an experienced worker in a practical 'hands-on' way.

There are a wide variety of on-the-job and apprenticeship opportunities available. Some examples include:

  • Union plumber
  • Hotel management
  • Firefighter
  • EMT
  • Journeyman electrician
  • Operating Engineer
  • Gunsmith
  • Taxidermist
  • Diesel mechanic

VA will pay you GI Bill benefits on a sliding scale depending on how long you are in training. You will also receive a salary from your employer. The VA benefit usually decreases every 6 months and the salary increases every six months. At the end of your training you will be certified in your trade.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Apprenticeship & On-the-Job Training Payments

If you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you will get 100% of the monthly housing allowance for the first six months of training, 80% for the second six months, 60% for the third six months, 40% for the fourth six months, and 20% for the remaining months of training.

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty Apprenticeship & On-the-Job Training Payments

Those using the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill program can get $1,537.00 a month for the first six months of training, $1,127.50 for the second six months of training and $717.50 for remaining training.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Apprenticeship & On-the-Job Training Payments

VA pays GI Bill Selected Reserve participants on a similar scale but at the following reduced rates; $294.00 a month for the first six months of training, $215.60 for the second six months of training and $137.20 for remaining training.

Surviving dependents and spouses and dependents of permanently and totally disabled veterans are also eligible to apply for OJT/Apprenticeship benefits.

To use GI Bill benefits while enrolled in an on-the-job training or apprenticeship program, you must work 30 hours or more per week, and the employer must agree to establish the program.

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