Troops To Teachers

Become a Teacher

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

Additional program updates will be provided via the TTT website,

Program Overview

Have you thought about a career in teaching? It’s never too early to think about your post-military career goals and begin exploring your options.

By becoming a teacher, you can:

  • Make a difference in young people's lives
  • Use your experience to bring subjects to life
  • Help students realize their potential
  • Positively impact your local community

The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program helps current and former members of the Armed Forces transition into second careers as K-12 teachers upon separation from military service.

Program Benefits

The TTT program provides counseling services, employment facilitation services, and financial assistance, if eligible. Program benefits include:
  • One-on-one counseling and transition planning
  • Help navigating state teacher certification and licensing requirements
  • Connections with hiring officials that may lead to employment
  • Ongoing support and mentorship
  • Up to a $5,000 stipend or $10,000 bonus, based on eligibility

Program Eligibility

There is no cost to participate in the program. The TTT program provides counseling, referrals, and job assistance to all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who want to transition to a teaching career.

Those who meet certain education, military service, and application requirements and agree to teach full time for at least three years at a qualifying elementary or secondary school may be eligible for financial assistance of up to $10,000.

State Grant Support

Thirty-one states offer local Troops to Teachers (TTT) program assistance to participants.

TTT state grants were awarded to help local state education departments and agencies assist TTT participants with local counseling on teacher certification, gaining employment at schools, and program guidance. These local offices become the front line to help members gain the knowledge necessary to meet teaching requirements for employment in each individual state.

TTT grant offices are located in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia

The following states have formed a TTT grant consortium:

  • Colorado and New Mexico
  • Missouri and Iowa
  • Montana and Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
  • New Jersey and Delaware

State Grant Office Contact Information

Finding TTT state grant office contact information is easy. Follow the steps below:

  • Visit the TTT website,
  • Scroll down to the state map
  • Click on the state you are interested in
  • Scroll down to "State Contact" for grant office contact information

The TTT Program Office provides assistance to those interested in teaching in the nineteen states without a local grant office. Questions can be sent via email to or by calling 800-231-6242 for assistance.

Grant Background:

In conjunction with the Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), under the authorizing statute in 10 USC 1154(h) (2) (A), which permits the Secretary of Defense to make grants to states or consortia of such states in order to support efforts of recruiting eligible current and former members of the armed forces for participation in the Troops to Teachers program and facilitating the employment of participants as elementary school teachers, secondary school teachers, and career or technical teachers. Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 grants help the states selected provide services for a term of up to 5 years through May 2023.

Support Resources

For more information on pursuing a teaching career through the Troops to Teachers program, visit The website provides more details about:
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • State-by-State Teaching Data
  • Traditional and Alternative Routes to Licensure and Certification
  • Financial Aid
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • TTT Program Fact Sheet
  • TTT Presentation for Service Members and Veterans
Troops to Teachers
TTT Participant Testimonial

Need Help?

TTT Support:

Program Office Representative
Phone: 800-231-6242