Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a DANTES-managed Department of Defense (DoD) program that 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.

For an overview of the TTT program, download our program overview PDF.

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  • So you are thinking about teaching...

    As a Service member, you have trained both junior and senior personnel throughout your career. Now is the time to take those transferrable skills to America's classrooms including:

    • A desire to continue to serve
    • Mentoring skills
    • Dedication
    • Collaborative spirit
    • Management and leadership
    • Self-discipline
    • Reliability
    • Worldliness

  • Eligibility

    All current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces whose last period of Service is characterized as honorable, may participate in the program for counseling and referral services. Those who meet certain education, military Service and registration requirements may also be eligible to apply for TTT financial assistance to assist with their transition to the classroom.

    To be eligible for a bonus you must be registered before you begin teaching. Contact the National Office at 1-800-231-6242 for further details.

  • What does TTT provide?

    TTT provides counseling services which includes identifying state certification requirements, programs leading to certification and assistance in selecting the certification program that best fits your wants and needs. Additionally, we will assist you in finding employment by providing you with information on jobs and interview opportunities.

    To be eligible for a bonus you must be registered before you begin teaching. Contact the National Office at 1-800-231-6242 for further details.

  • Where will I teach?

    TTT participants teach in grades pre-k through 12 at public, charter and Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Virgin Islands. TTT counselors will provide information on what the "hot jobs" are for a particular state or school and you choose what location and type of school fits your particular needs.

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  • What will I teach?

    Teaching a critical subject such as math, science, special education, foreign language and career-technical affords the highest opportunity for employment although TTT will provide counseling and referral services in respect to any desired grade and subject area.

  • Registration

    Be prepared to provide information on the following areas:

    • Vocational interests, certification program and/or licensure information, if applicable
    • Personal and contact information
    • Military Service information
    • Teaching and educational background information
    • Pre-K through 12 referral preferences

    To Register:

    If you are unable to register online:

    • Send an e-mail to
    • Subject Line: Paper Registration Request
    • Include your name, address and phone number in the e-mail text

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  • What do I do next?

    Once you have completed your registration, contact the state office or offices where you are interested in teaching. The state office will provide you with valuable information such as specifics on teacher certification and job vacancy potential. (Understand you can change your state preferences at any time.)

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    If you can learn more by attending a Teaching as a Second Career seminar, visit the Troops to Teachers website.

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  • Additional Information

    Additional information can be found by visiting the Troops to Teachers website.

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    FAQs can be found at the DANTES website.

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  • Troops to Teachers Research

    Troops to Teachers Grant Study 4: Technical Report
    William A. Owings, Ed.D.

    Prior research on Troops to Teachers (TTT) from 2005 and 2009 using both principal surveys and measured student achievement affirms that Troops teachers are effective instructors, are likely to work in high-poverty, high-minority schools, teach critical subjects, use research-based instructional and classroom management practices, and plan to stay in the profession longer than traditionally prepared teachers with the same years of teaching experience. The Owings Study finds that the current TTT cohorts are meeting the same high benchmarks in these essential domains, identifies teacher preparation programs factors that helped them succeed in the classroom, and assesses these within the context of recent teacher effectiveness research.

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