Apprentice information for veterans and employers on the GI Bill

Information related to apprenticeships for Veterans.

More information regarding apprenticeship for Veterans.

Learn about training, recordkeeping, and applications that relate to apprenticeship.

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Collect Wages and Military Benefits

Did you know that veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members, who are employed as registered apprentices, may be eligible to collect G.I. Bill payments in addition to their regular full-time wages?

It's true! And it's one of the least known benefits of these exceptional military programs. Just as a college student can collect a monthly G.I. Bill payment for classroom attendance, so can a registered apprentice who learns a trade on-the-job.

Montgomery G.I. Bill payments for apprenticeship programs, which generally range from one to five years in length, can total between $2,600 and $42,000 depending upon benefit eligibility.

Everyone wins when apprentices collect their military benefits; employers possess a powerful recruiting and retention tool, employees can offset their living expenses while working toward journeyman status, and the state benefits from the influx of federal military benefit dollars into our local economy.

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GI Bill Programs

Understanding your VA education benefits can be difficult. This is the place to start!

The Department of Veterans Affairs administers several education programs as set down in law, Title 38 United States Code. Each program is found in a different chapter of the law and this chapter number is often used to refer to the different benefit programs. The programs also have specific names. Each program provides different benefits to different groups of individuals.

Veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and certain eligible dependents can use these programs for a wide variety of VA-approved education and training programs, which include: apprenticeship and on-the-job training, college degree and certificate programs, flight training and correspondence courses.

Each program offers a specified number of "months" of benefits. This number is typically 36 and the maximum number of benefit months that can be collected under any combination of VA education programs is 48. The 36-month figure was established based on full-time college attendance where students typically attend classes for 9 months each year: 9 x 4 years = 36 months.

A "full-time" institutional payment rate is set annually for each program and each time an eligible individual collects that amount of money he or she is said to have collected "one month" of benefits. Therefore, if a student were to attend a program on a half-time basis, it would take twice as long to exhaust the benefit.

Monthly rates for apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs are set to account for the increase in an apprentice's wages as he or she works towards journeyman status. Benefit payments decrease as wages increase.

For the first six months of an apprenticeship program the apprentice receives a monthly VA check that equals 85% of the currently full-time institutional rate for his or her benefit program. During the second six months of the program benefits are paid at 65% of the full-time rate and during the remainder of the program the apprentice receives a monthly check equal to 45% of the benefit's full-time rate.

It is important to note that VA education benefits can only be used for one type of training at a time. Individuals changing from one type of training to another, such as transitioning from a college program to an apprenticeship program, must complete VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training and submit it to their VA Regional Processing office.

Please review all the information we have posted on our G.I. Bill page. If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you and we thank you for your service to our nation.

For detailed information concerning VA education benefits visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm

Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Chapter 30 is the most common and newest G.I. Bill program. It is for veterans who first served on Active Duty after June 30th, 1985. Eligible veterans paid into an education fund for one year, received an Honorable discharge and also earned a high school diploma or GED.

A 10-year eligibility period begins on the date of discharge from Active Duty.

Current members of the Guard and Reserve, who served previously on Active Duty and gained eligibility for Chapter 30 and were federally mobilized with their Guard or Reserve unit for 90 continuous days or more, have a new 10-year eligibility period established at the point of their latest discharge from Active Duty. Thereby giving many veterans a second chance at using their remaining entitlement.

A maximum of $37,224 can be collected by veterans who completed an Active Duty enlistment of three or more years and are enrolled in VA-approved education and training programs. Veterans who completed an enlistment of less than three years can collect a maximum of $30,240.

Helpful numbers

The following telephone numbers and addresses are important in the certification of veterans, National Guard members and Reservists, and dependents for VA benefits.

VA Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
Phone: (888) GIBILL-1, (888-442-4551)
VA G.I. Bill website http://www.gibill.va.gov
VA Regional Processing Office, Buffalo, NY
http://www.gibill.va.gov/buffalo

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Labor Standards
Division of Apprentice Standards
P.O. Box 146759
19 Staniford Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 626-5409
Fax: (617) 626-5427
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:45am - 5:00pm
www.mass.gov/guard/education

U.S. Military Education Services Offices in Massachusetts

Air National Guard
Otis Air National Guard Base
102nd Fighter Wing MSF DPMT
158 Reilly Street, Box 17
OTIS ANGB, MA 02542-1330
Phone: (508) 968-4187/4189
Fax: (508) 968-4183
http://www.102iw.ang.af.mil/

Army Reserve
94th Regional Readiness Command
Attention: Education Office
11 Saratoga Blvd.
Devens-Ayer, MA 01432
Phone: (800) 554-7813 ext. 2410
Fax: (978) 796-3267

Air Force Reserve
439 MSS DPMT
Westover Air Reserve Base Mass.
100 Starlifter Avenue
Chicopee, MA 01022-1818
Phone: (413) 557-2042
Fax: (413) 557-3432
www.afrc.af.mil

Army
Army Regional Education Center
Box 23
30 Quebec Street
Devens, MA 01432
Phone: (978) 796-2354
Fax: (978) 796-2194

Air Force
Hanscom Air Force Base
Education Office
66 MSS DPEE
29 Chennault Street
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731-1635
Phone: (781) 377-3120
Fax: (781) 377-8577

Air National Guard
Otis Air National Guard Base
102nd Fighter Wing MSF DPMT
158 Reilly Street, Box 17
OTIS ANGB, MA 02542-1330
Phone: (508) 968-4187/4189
Fax: (508) 968-4183
http://www.102iw.ang.af.mil/

Barnes Air National Guard Base
104th Fighter Wing DPMT
175 Falcon Drive
Westfield, MA 01085-1482
Phone: (413) 568-9151 ext. 1224
Fax: (413) 572-1501
http://www.104fw.ang.af.mil/

Coast Guard
ISC Boston
Commanding Officer
Integrated Support Cmd Boston
427 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109-1027
Phone: (617) 223-3462
Fax: (617) 223-3467

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod
Commanding Officer
U.S. Coast Guard
Attention: TRNG/EDU
Air Station
Cape Cod, MA 02542-5024
Phone: (508) 968-6440/6442
Fax: (508) 968-6596

Commander
USCG Group Woods Hole
Little Harbor Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1099
Phone: (508) 457-3222/3226
Fax: (508) 457-3236

 

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