If you are a veteran or currently in the guard or reserve, the On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program offers you an alternative way to use your VA (GI Bill) education and training benefits. The following is a summary of these GI Bill alternatives.
When you are trained for a new job, you can receive monthly training benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs in addition to your regular salary. This means that if you are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill you can receive up to 100% of the housing stipend for your zipcode.
Under the Montgomery GI Bill you can receive up to $1287 a month ($275.25 for Reserve/Guard) tax-free, on top of your regular salary! That's over $20,000 in cash benefits over two years, for training in an OJT or apprenticeship training program. (New Rates Effective Oct. 1, 2013)
VA pays veteran GI Bill participants on a scale depending on the amount of time they are enrolled in the program.
For example, under the MGIB the program currently pays $1,236.00 a month for the first six months of training, $906.40 for the second six months of training and $576.80 for remaining training.
If using the Post 9/11 GI Bill you would receive 100% of the monthly housing stipend for the first six months of training, 80% for the second six months of training, 60% for the third six months, 40% for the fourth six months and 20% for the remaining of your training.
VA pays GI Bill Selected Reserve participants on a similar scale but at the following reduced rates; $275.25 a month for the first six months of training, $201.85 for the second six months of training and $128.45 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 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.
Note: You may not receive GI Bill OJT benefits at the same time you receive the GI Bill education benefits.
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