GI Bill Modified to Restore OJT, Apprenticeship Training Programs

The GI Bill, in its current form - the Post 9-11 Veterans Educational Assistance Program, has been modified to include on-the-job training, apprenticeship training and industry certifications.

When the GI Bill was changed in 2009, the OJT and Apprenticeship training provisions were omitted with all assistance aimed at full time higher education, although OJT was been part of the GI Bill since its inception.

With this modification, the Bill will provide for the payment of VEAP assistance for the pursuit of programs other than degree programs, including for programs pursued on a half-time basis or less, apprenticeships or other on-job training, and for multiple career licensing or certification tests.

The GI Bill, originally the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, went into effect in 1944. In 1982, the Bill was updated (the Montgomery GI Bill). The OJT provisions were in both, then excluded in the more recent updates, but now will be back in place.