Registered Apprenticeship allows soldiers to receive GI Bill benefits and earn while they learn.
Traditional Guard Members training under the Montgomery GI Bill—Select Reserves, Chapter 1606 for Apprenticeship can receive $237.75 per month in the first 6 months of the program, $174.35 per month for the secondary 6 months of the program and $110.95 per month for the remainder of their program over a 7½ year period.
Soldiers eligible for Chapter 30 or 34 Montgomery GI Bill programs can receive significantly higher amounts of educational assistance for apprenticeship programs.
To determine if you are eligible for Chapter 30, 34 or 1606 please visit: www.gibill.va.gov.
To receive the GI Bill benefits, a soldier must first be hired by an employer into a Registered Apprenticeship program that has been evaluated, approved and registered by the Kansas Apprenticeship Council.
NOTICE: The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay GI Bill benefits one (1) year retroactive for soldiers who were enrolled in a Registered Apprenticeship program but were not aware they could have applied for educational assistance. Soldiers falling into this category could receive up to $2,121.60.
Applying for benefits
Soldiers utilizing Chapter 1606 GI Bill benefits must obtain a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), DD Form 23841-1. Soldiers utilizing active duty benefits (chapter 30 or 34) for apprenticeship programs should obtain a copy of their DD Form 214.
Bring the NOBE or DD 214 to the registered employer you are currently working for or would like to work for as an apprentice.
Either you or your registered employer must contact the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs (KCVA). A representative from KCVA will contact you and your employer in order to initiate the appropriate VA paperwork to initiate your GI Bill benefit payments.
Theo T. Coney
State Veteran Service Manager
Overland Park, Kansas 66215
Phone: (913) 577-5940