Veteran GI Bill Apprenticeship and OJT Program

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 (VA) in addition to your regular salary. This means that you can receive up to $1104.75
a month ($258.75 for Reserve/Guard) tax-free, on top of your regular salary! That's over $13,000 in cash
benefits over two years, for training in an OJT or apprenticeship training program. (New Rates Effective Oct. 1, 2011)

VA pays veteran GI Bill participants on a scale depending on the amount of time they are enrolled in
the program. For example the program currently pays $1104.75 a month for the first six months of
training, $810.15 for the second six months of training and $515.55 for remaining training.
VA pays GI Bill Selected Reserve participants on a similar scale but at the following reduced
rates; $258.75 a month for the first six months of training, $189.75 for the second six months of
training and $120.75 for remaining training. Selected Reserve participants.

Qualifying Jobs
To qualify, your job must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be supervised at least 50 percent 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

You may be eligible if you are eligible for the GI Bill either under the Active Duty (Veteran) or Reserve GI Bill programs and:

  • You are no longer on active duty
  • You were recently hired or promoted
  • You left active duty less than 10 years ago or
  • You are currently a member of the Guard or Reserve (Reserve GI Bill)

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.