Troops To Teachers

Troops To Teachers

Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers




The Department of Defense (DoD) will sunset the Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program on October 1, 2021, in accordance with Defense-Wide Review (DWR) decisions.

As part of the DWR, DoD realigned the TTT resources to higher priority programs more closely aligned to the National Defense Strategy.  As a result of this determination, the DoD cancelled the TTT Program effective October 1, 2020 and will sunset the program by the end of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.

Bonus eligibility verification documents will no longer be requested as operational and bonus funds were reallocated to higher level priorities in the National Defense Strategy.   State offices will continue to assist TTT participants who registered and applied to the program prior to October 1, 2020, and will continue to provide services to current participants until their grants end in May or July 2021.

DoD recognizes the importance of facilitating a successful transition of Service members from the military back into civilian communities.  The sunset of the TTT Program in no way diminishes DoD’s commitment to provide transition assistance support for service members.

Additional information on the TTT Program sunset will be available soon in the FAQ portion of is external).

Thank you for continuing to serve your country as a K-12 teacher.


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Program Interest Form 

Due to the uncertain FY21 budget, Troops to Teachers program registrations or bonus applications are not being accepted at this time.

--The Troops to Teachers Program and State offices will continue to assist current participants with teacher licensing and hiring assistance.  Participants can continue to access and update their records via the Job2Teach Login link by using the "Program Interest" form located above.  

--Service members and veterans interested in becoming a program participant should complete  the "Program Interest" form located above.  This form provides basic contact information so you  can be notified directly if program funding becomes available .

All program personnel are teleworking due to the national health crisis. Emails are checked remotely and responded to in the order in which they are received. Thank you for your patience, as we work to respond as quickly as possible.

The Troops To Teachers (TTT) program seeks to place retiring military personnel and other eligible persons in second careers as public school teachers in elementary, secondary, career and technical, or special education schools. Aims of this program are to relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high needs subject areas, while also assisting military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.

Troops to Teachers registration is open to all veterans regardless of time in service who have an interest in education in Pre-K public, Charter, Bureau of Indian Affairs funded and DoDEA as school teachers, resource teachers and non-instructional positions such as  paraprofessionals, teachers aids, counselors, psychologists, school nurses, librarians, media specialists, speech therapists, audiologists, physiotherapists, resource officers, school principals, and vice principals.

The program has the potential to link Troops To Teachers with the GI Bill® to create a truly unique incentive to attract high quality role models to help alleviate the shortage of qualified teachers.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at is external)gibil(link is external)l.

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Central States

The Veterans' Education and Training section is a liaison office for the federal Troops To Teachers Program serving veterans in the states of Missouri and Iowa. It is among the network of state TTT offices that has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads.

The section provides prospective participants information on how to register on the national website, encourages school districts to register their teaching vacancies on the national website, and provides information about colleges and universities offering alternative teacher certification programs.

The Troops to Teachers Referral Assistance and Placement service is managed by the DANTES Troops to Teachers office in Pensacola, FL.

This program operates under a grant from the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Use of this logo does not imply the endorsement of DANTES or the Department of Defense.” 

Troops to Teachers Contact Information

James Henley,  Director 573-751-1250
Turner Shipman, Supervisor  816-292-7726
FAX 573-526-5710 1-877-530-2765

Teacher Certification Contact Information

Joanne Tubbs 515-281-3611
Cami Bowman 573-751-3003