If you are a military Veteran or eligible family member, the On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program offers you an alternative way to use your VA (GI Bill) education benefits.

While you are in training for a new job, you can receive monthly benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in addition to your regular salary. This means that you can receive up to $1,842 a month (Post-9/11 recipients training in the Dallas area) tax-free, on top of your regular salary, for the first six months of training. You can receive up to $1,473.60 per month for the second six months, $1105.20 for the third six months, $736.80 for the fourth six months, and $368.40 for the remaining months. That’s over $44,000 in cash benefits over two years, for training in an OJT or apprenticeship training program.

 

Who is Eligible?

To qualify, your job must meet the following criteria:

  • The job must require at least six months, but no more than 24 months of training on-the-job;
  • The position must be a salaried position-not paid on commission;
  • The entry wages to be paid for this position are not less than the wages paid to nonveterans in the same training position and are at least 50 percent of the wages you will be paid at the end of the training;
  • There will be at least one wage increase during the training period. Not later than the last full month of the scheduled training period your wages must be at least 85 percent of the wages to be paid at the end of the training. (Not applicable to Federal, state, and local government agencies.)
 

Applying for On-The-Job Training (OJT)

If you do not have a job, or if you are not working in the occupation of your choice, call or visit a Texas Veterans Commission Veterans Employment Representative.

If you are eligible for GI Bill benefits and you have recently been hired or promoted into a job that requires new skills, check with your supervisor, training officer, or human resources division to determine if your program is currently approved. If the program is not approved, have your employer contact the Texas Veterans Commission at (512) 463-3168 or toll-free at 1-877-898-3833 (1-877-TXVETED) or education.approvals@tvc.texas.gov.

If you are interested in being approved, please submit the Request for Approval form below.

Request for Approval – Employer

Employers Who Participate in the OJT Program

Here is a partial listing of some of the employers who participate in the OJT program in Texas:

  • Austin Police Department
  • Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant
  • Texas Highway Patrol
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Local Fire Departments
  • Cummins Southern Plains
  • Camp Mabry
  • Federal Correctional Institutions
  • FBI
  • RS
  • Lindsey Contractors, Inc.
  • BMW of Dallas

Complete List of Employers

 

Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Effective October 1, 2011, Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients may also receive benefits while enrolled in apprenticeship/on-the-job training.

The payment rate will be as follows:

  • You will receive 100% of your applicable Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) during the first 6 months of training
  • You will receive 80% of your applicable BAH during the second 6 months of training
  • You will receive 60% of your applicable BAH during the third 6 months of training
  • You will receive 40% of your applicable BAH during the fourth 6 months of training
  • You will receive 20% of your applicable BAH during the remainder of the training

Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients will also receive up to $83 per month for books and supplies.

 

Stipend

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

Apprenticeship and On-Job Training

Training PeriodEnlistment of Less Than Three YearsEnlistment of Three Years or More
First six months of training$1,131.75$1,392.75
Second six months of training$829.95$1021.35
Remaining pursuit of training$528.95$649.95

Rates effective October 1, 2016.

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

Apprenticeship and On-Job Training

Training PeriodMonthly Rate
First six months of training$276.75
Second six months of training$202.95
Remaining pursuit of training$129.15

Rates effective October 1, 2016.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Apprenticeship and On-Job Training

Training PeriodService of 90 days
but less than one year
Service of 1 year +Service of 2 years +
First six months of training$557.10$835.66$1,114.20
Second six months of training$408.54$612.81$817.08
Remaining pursuit of training$259.98$389.97$519.96

Rates effective October 1, 2016.