United States military veterans, as well as their eligible dependents, can use G.I. Bill benefits to pay for any current information technology (IT) certification exam offered by CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) program recently added nine CompTIA certifications to its list of programs that are eligible for reimbursement.
Under the provisions of this program, there is no limit on the amount of tests that may be taken, but participants may not exceed their maximum entitlement. The ceiling on the payout per test is $2,000. Some legalese: The new licensing and certification benefit is payable under Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty), 32 (VEAP), and 35 (Dependents’ Educational Assistance) of Title 38 and section 903 of PL 96-342. This benefit is not payable under Chapter 1606 of Title 10 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve).
The GI Bill was passed in 1944 to help the soldiers that would come home from World War II the next year (though they didn’t know it at the time) resettle into professional civilian life. Although it’s most often associated with college tuition, the law also provides financial assistance for vocational training. CompTIA’s vendor-neutral, foundation-level certifications certainly qualify on that count. They cover some of the most important roles in IT, such as storage, security and Internet technology. Additionally, these credentials also serve as prerequisites for other vendor-specific certs, many of which are CompTIA-member organizations.
Speaking of vendor credentials, for any of our readers who are in the armed forces at present, you are eligible for Microsoft certification opportunities under another DANTES program, which was launched November of last year. It provides active-duty U.S. military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve U.S. military service members, with the chance to apply for a free Microsoft certification exam voucher. Find out more about this at https://www.dantes-microsoft-test.com.
For more information, see http://www.gibill.va.gov/education/lcvets.htm.