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.
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
Those using the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill program can get $1,657.50 a month for the first six months of training, $1,215.50 for the second six months of training and $773.50 for remaining training.
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve
VA pays GI Bill Selected Reserve participants on a similar scale but at the following reduced rates; $329.25 a month for the first six months of training, $241.45 for the second six months of training and $153.65 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 qualify, your job must meet the following criteria:
- You must be supervised at least 50% of the time.
- Job training must lead to an entry-level position. (Management training programs do not qualify.)
- You must be a full-time paid employee - not on commission.
- Your training must be documented and reported.
- You cannot have previous experience job experience in that field.
- You must be recently hired (within one to two years).
- The job must require at least six months training to become fully trained.
- The employer may be private, local or state government.
Companies Who Have Participated in OJT or Apprenticeship Programs
Here is a list of well-known companies who have participated in the VA's OJT & Apprenticeship Program in the past:
- Pirelli Tire Co.
- Proctor & Gamble Co.
- Merck Pharmaceuticals
- Cessna Aircraft
- Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
- Lockheed Martin Corp.
- Bell South
- Local Union Joint Apprenticeship & Training Commissions (Carpenters, Linemen, Electricians, Pipefitters, Roofers, HVAC, etc.)
- Pratt and Whitney Engine Co.
- Law enforcement (police, sheriff, State Patrol)
- Dept. of Corrections (prisons, detention centers)
- Local Fire Departments
- Department of Homeland Security (customs & immigration officers)
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