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1. Q – How can I locate the TTT(3T) office for my state?

A – 3T offices cover all fifty states and US territories. 3T state contact information is located here.

2. Q – Do JROTC instructors qualify for 3T?

A - Yes

3. Q – Does 3T place me in a low-income school?

A – No, 3T does not place you in a school of any kind. 3T offers assistance in finding a teacher certification program for you, and also uses its extensive network with school districts and schools to assist you in your employment search. Should you accept a teaching position in a “low-income school” you may be eligible for a 3T bonus.

4. Q – Are all retired military eligible to register for 3T?

A – Yes, regardless when retirement occurred you are eligible to register with 3T.

5. Q – Is the financial assistance (stipend or bonus) a loan that must be repaid?

A – No. Both are one-time assistance normally paid out in two to three payments. The stipend covers actual expenses incurred in becoming certified, up to $5K. Bonus awards are up to $5K or $10K based on being hired as a full time teacher in either an “Eligible” or “High-Need” school. The total amount a participant may receive combining any of the financial assistance cannot exceed $10k. Both stipends and bonuses are taxable.

6. Q – Do substitute teachers have to be certified?

A – Most states require that substitute teachers undergo some type of screening. Substituting allows the district to become aware of your teaching abilities and offers you the opportunity to become acquainted with the system. Our 3T state offices can give you guidance. 3T state contact information:

7. Q – May I use the 3T financial assistance in addition to Pell Grant and/or GI Bill funding?

A – Pell Grants do not conflict with 3T financial assistance. Individuals that are eligible for Post 911 GI Bill benefits are not eligible for the stipend unless their benefits are exhausted or the state approved certification programs are not approved for GI Bill benefits. Other chapters of GI Bill benefits do not affect the stipend.

8. Q – How does my GI Bill eligibility affect financial assistance from 3T?

A – If you are eligible for Post 911 GI Bill benefits you do not qualify for the stipend of up to $5K for certification expenses.

(Unless Post 911 GI Bill benefits are exhausted or the certification program is not approved for GI Bill benefits). If you have transferred your benefits to a spouse or dependents and they have not exhausted all benefits, you are still considered to be eligible for Post 911 GI Bill benefits, thus not eligible for a 3T stipend. You could, however be eligible for a 3T bonus after you have gained employment as a teacher if you meet all other eligibility requirements for a bonus.

9. Q – Are spouses eligible for the 3T program?

A – Spouses are not eligible to register with TTT.

10. Q – Why should I register in the 3T program?

A – By registering for the program, 3T can assist you in several ways: There are state and regional offices across the U.S. helping military personnel make successful transitions to second careers in teaching. The 3T staff can assist you in many ways from helping you understand the certification requirements in the state you want to teach, to informing you about the various certification programs available to you, and finally helping you find employment opportunities as a teacher. Financial assistance may also be available based on availability of funds and eligibility criteria.


Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) managed Department of Defense (DoD) program. We can help you begin a new career as a public school teacher giving you the opportunity to use your leadership skills, knowledge and experience to have a positive effect on our nation’s youth.


As a service member, or veteran you have influenced people all around the globe. Now is the time to take those transferrable skills to the front of the class in America’s classrooms including:

  • A want and need to give back to your community
  • Mentoring skills
  • Dedication
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Self-discipline
  • Reliability
  • Worldliness
  • Leadership, Management, and Organizational Behavior Skills


Tennessean — By John A. Bradley, Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Dennis D. Cavin, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Thomas E. Swain, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.) – If you are a parent, chances are you recognize the role of teachers in your child’s academic success and preparation for higher education and the workforce. As retired generals, we also see the impact of quality teaching on the opportunity to serve our nation.

That message was top-of-mind when we released a Mission: Readiness report, “Too Poorly Educated to Serve,” which documented the challenge faced by young people who find they lack the math, literacy and problem-solving skills that are demanded by today’s high-tech military. Educational underachievement is the leading reason (followed by being overweight or having a criminal record) why more than 70 percent of young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible for service. The problem hits especially close to home here in Tennessee, where 25 percent of high school graduates cannot enlist due to low scores on the military’s entrance exam.

We know there are many reasons why so many students are struggling, but we also know from recent research that having a top-quality teacher is more important to academic achievement than any other school-related factor, including class size, the curriculum or even the school the child attends. One study found that an average student with three highly effective teachers scored in the top 10 percent of students after three years, while a similar student dropped into the bottom 40 percent after three years of ineffective teaching.

Another study of 2.5 million students showed that having a great teacher in grades 4 through 8 can increase each student’s lifetime earnings by $250,000 compared to students with an average teacher in those grades.

The good news is that schools across the nation are implementing evaluation reform and testing new ways to help teachers improve. In 2013, 35 states required student achievement as a significant component of teacher evaluations, up from only four states.