The United States military gives a great deal of support and experience to Servicemembers. Working in their military job gives Servicemembers a variety of experiences, and while serving on active duty they acquire valuable people skills and experiences. One program that has become fairly popular in the last several years is the Troops to Teachers program. This is a program that is offered by the Department of Education and the Department of Defense. It has been a very good program, one that has benefited both students and Veteran military personnel making the transition into civilian life. The Troops to Teachers program is for retirees, and former military Servicemembers who part of reserve or active components, who wish to begin new careers as public or private school teachers. It is a program that finds individuals and matched their experience and job service with learning to become a teacher. It is a program of information, referral, financial assistance and guidance for those personnel who seek a second career as teachers.
The type of experiences that a military Servicemember has often is such that they enable a person to be prepared for teaching in different ways that many different people never experience. Servicemembers who seek to participate in this program are often given assistance by different groups. Many states provide matching funds, or other financial assistance to Servicemembers who seek to become a teacher under this program. The Servicemember can find employment swiftly in some situations and then take classes to complete their overall teaching degree. Many school districts badly need teachers, and the Servicemember can find a job and then work toward eventual certification. At times there is a bonus for Servicemembers who are willing to teach in areas of great need. Some school districts are in such serious need of teachers that it literally puts a bonus on people who participate in the Troops for Teacher program who come teach for them.
Schools nationwide have the ability to grant an emergency permit, or licensure to help people who are willing and available to teach, if they cannot fill the job with a currently licensed teacher candidate. Legislation and federal law gives up to $5,000 dollars to a Servicemember that is willing to work toward certification.