Did you know that you can use your GI Bill for more than just college?
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
- Journeyman electrician
- Operating Engineer
- 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.
Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill - Apprenticeship & On-the-Job Training Payments
Those using the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill program can get $1,591.50 a month for the first six months of training, $1,167.10 for the second six months of training and $742.70 for remaining training.
Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill - Apprenticeship & On-the-Job Training Payments
VA pays GI Bill Selected Reserve participants on a similar scale but at the following reduced rates; $297.25 a month for the first six months of training, $218.35 for the second six months of training and $138.95 for remaining training.
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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