Troops to Teachers was established in 1993 to assist transitioning Service members and veterans in beginning new careers as K-12 school teachers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The program provides counseling and referral services for participants to help them meet education and licensing requirements to teach and subsequently helps them secure a teaching position. Since 1993, more than 100,000 veterans have successfully transitioned to a career in education.

Since inception, oversight and funding have been shared between the Departments of Defense and Education. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013 transferred program policy funding and oversight responsibilities back to the Department of Defense. The Troops to Teachers Program Office is located within the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)a component of the Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA). The Program Office is responsible for day-to-day operations and management of the program.

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Every service member interested in a career in teaching will receive assistance to transition his or her leadership, training, and core values to teaching in kindergarten through grade twelve schools.


  • Assist transitioning Service members with meeting the requirements necessary to become teachers
  • Assist program participants with finding employment as a teacher when eligible


  • Reduce veteran unemployment
  • Improve American education by providing motivated, experienced, and dedicated personnel for the nation's classrooms
  • Increase the number of male and minority teachers in today's classrooms
  • Address teacher shortage issues in K-12 schools that serve low-income families and in the critical subjects - math, science, special education, foreign language, and career-technical education.
  • Counseling
  • Financial Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Mentorship Program