Using Your GI Bill

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Jonathan M.'s Comment
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Hey so is anyone familiar with the use of the GI bill in conjunction with going to school? Is it worth it? I'm a little late in asking as I've already used mine with Steven's Transport, and they gave me a VA form to fill out that states ill be receiving 1800 dollars a month from the VA which is BAH, and other allowances for On the job training/apprentice program.

Sounds like a good gig to me anyway, but I was wondering if anyone found anything better?

Dart's Comment
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Hey so is anyone familiar with the use of the GI bill in conjunction with going to school? Is it worth it? I'm a little late in asking as I've already used mine with Steven's Transport, and they gave me a VA form to fill out that states ill be receiving 1800 dollars a month from the VA which is BAH, and other allowances for On the job training/apprentice program.

Sounds like a good gig to me anyway, but I was wondering if anyone found anything better?

😮😮😮 $1,800 a month. Dang. I'm only getting about $900 a month, which is about average for the companies I looked at.

Keeo in mind that it will likely dip by 20% every 6 months until you either max your available GI Bill remaining, or complete their program (use the max months for that company).

Even though I still haven't received a dime from the VA for it yet (my paperwork is still processing with the VA), I'll give my thoughts on whether or not I feel it's worth it.

I tried going the college route, but that didn't work out for me as I needed the GI Bill money to survive and it was highly inconsistent. As a result, my work/life/school balance was all messed up and didn't work for me. I needed something different and more consistent.

In trucking, I've heard and read many experienced drivers say thay pay the first year isn't very good...in some instances pretty bad. As a minimum, I feel that using the GI Bill for an apprenticeship program in trucking will help to offset that.

As for what the DoL Heavy Duty Truck Driver Certificate is worth to a company...maybe nothing, but it doesn't hurt to have it.

For me, the extra money in my pocket is worth it. When I run out of GI Bill benefits, as a Texas reaident, I can use the Hazelwood Act to get a degree down the line if I so choose.

This probably isn't the answer you're looking for, but I've looked and couldn't find much more than "these training companies are just using it to get money from the government".

With Roehl (where I'm at), apprenticeship program drivers get training that while available to other drivers, isn't required of them (in some cases unless something bad happens). This training culminates in the Trainer Foundations Course.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jonathan M.'s Comment
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Hey! TEXAS resident here too. I always considered the Hazelwood act an alternative myself but how exactly does that work anyway? You make some valid points and I'm not big on school anyway. I think after a year with this company, I'll look into school.

And yeah, I called the VA and they said BAh un dallas comes out to 1800 a month.

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Hey so is anyone familiar with the use of the GI bill in conjunction with going to school? Is it worth it? I'm a little late in asking as I've already used mine with Steven's Transport, and they gave me a VA form to fill out that states ill be receiving 1800 dollars a month from the VA which is BAH, and other allowances for On the job training/apprentice program.

Sounds like a good gig to me anyway, but I was wondering if anyone found anything better?

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😮😮😮 $1,800 a month. Dang. I'm only getting about $900 a month, which is about average for the companies I looked at.

Keeo in mind that it will likely dip by 20% every 6 months until you either max your available GI Bill remaining, or complete their program (use the max months for that company).

Even though I still haven't received a dime from the VA for it yet (my paperwork is still processing with the VA), I'll give my thoughts on whether or not I feel it's worth it.

I tried going the college route, but that didn't work out for me as I needed the GI Bill money to survive and it was highly inconsistent. As a result, my work/life/school balance was all messed up and didn't work for me. I needed something different and more consistent.

In trucking, I've heard and read many experienced drivers say thay pay the first year isn't very good...in some instances pretty bad. As a minimum, I feel that using the GI Bill for an apprenticeship program in trucking will help to offset that.

As for what the DoL Heavy Duty Truck Driver Certificate is worth to a company...maybe nothing, but it doesn't hurt to have it.

For me, the extra money in my pocket is worth it. When I run out of GI Bill benefits, as a Texas reaident, I can use the Hazelwood Act to get a degree down the line if I so choose.

This probably isn't the answer you're looking for, but I've looked and couldn't find much more than "these training companies are just using it to get money from the government".

With Roehl (where I'm at), apprenticeship program drivers get training that while available to other drivers, isn't required of them (in some cases unless something bad happens). This training culminates in the Trainer Foundations Course.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Dart's Comment
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The Hazelwood act is for veterans who were Texas residents at the time on enlistment and (if I recall correctly) are current Texas residents. It comes into play when all other VA Education benefits are exhausted and works similar to the Mongomery GI Bill if I recall correctly (It pays you and you pay the school).

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