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Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a program run by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) whose objective is to recruit military personnel who would like to become a teacher to serve low-income families in the US in high-need subject areas. This program also assists service members find civilian employment and adjust to civilian life after discharge from the military.

What does TTT provide?

Provides a $5,000.00 stipend to those who qualify.

NOTE: Participants hired to teach in a setting where 50% or more of the students are on free or reduced lunches or their Individual Disability Education Act (IDEA) percentage meets the criteria specified by the Department of Education are eligible for a $10,000 bonus. Acceptance of any monies obligates the Troops to Teachers participant to teach for three years in a poverty-level school.

The stipend may be used to pay for any approved teacher licensure program in any state-accredited college. The stipend may not be used for training principals, guidance counselors or private-school teachers.

Who qualifies?

Military Status Requirements:

  • Military personnel who are (1) retired, (2) within one year of retiring with an approved retirement date, (3) honorably discharged with 6 or more years of service and willing to obligate in the active reserves on a three-year contract, or (4) separated for physical disability on or after 8 Jan 02; these personnel must apply within 4 years after separation. TTT funds are also available to members of the drilling Reserves/National Guard with 10 or more years of total service.

Education Requirements:

  • Military personnel with Bachelor’s degrees or one year equivalent of college and a minimum of 6 years experience in a vocational/technical field.

Teaching Commitment:

  • Recipients are obligated to teach for three years in a high-need school district.


Learn more by reading the TTT Fact Sheet or by visiting the Virginia TTT website.  You may also go to the national DANTES Troops to Teachers website for more information.