Did you know you can use your GI Bill to receive job training in an On-the-Job or Apprenticeship training program? If you are a veteran or currently in the guard or reserve, the GI Bill offers you an alternative way to use your GI Bill benefits. The following is a summary of these GI Bill benefits.
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.
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.
Those using the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill program can get $1,341.75 a month for the first six months of training, $983.95 for the second six months of training and $626.15 for remaining training.
VA pays GI Bill Selected Reserve participants on a similar scale but at the following reduced rates; $276.00 a month for the first six months of training, $202.40 for the second six months of training and $128.80 for remaining training.
To qualify, your job must meet the following criteria:
Here is a list of well-known companies who have participated in the VA's OJT & Apprenticeship Program in the past:
You may be eligible if you are eligible for the GI Bill either under the Active Duty (Veteran) or Reserve GI Bill programs and:
So, if you are qualified for the GI Bill and you have started a new job or apprenticeship program, you should apply for this little known GI Bill benefit. In some cases, the VA will even pay retroactively for OJT from the past 12 months.