There's no need for a four-year degree if you plan to code after leaving the military. These bootcamps will let you use that hard-earned GI Bill to get a foot in the software development door.
Congratulations: You've ETS'ed and you're headed back home with a DD 214 in your pocket. It's time to start thinking about transitioning to the civilian world and using that GI Bill—but what if you don't want to go to college?
The tech industry is booming, and it's going to continue doing so as we march toward an ever more digital future. Learning to code is going to give you pretty good job prospects, and that GI Bill can help pay for a lot of the costs of getting training.
There are coding bootcamps that accept the GI Bill around the country. Many will even help you relocate if you aren't nearby. Here's a list of who takes the GI Bill, where they're located, and what your GI Bill will get you.
Note: Any of the following websites that mention applying for VA benefits through VONAPP are out of date. VONAPP has been replaced by the new vets.gov site, which is where you should go to apply for benefits.
Location: Bellevue, WA
Coding Dojo is the latest bootcamp to begin accepting the GI Bill, and as such you won't find any info about it on its website. That said, Coding Dojo is only accepting the GI Bill at its Bellevue location, but it can be used toward both tuition and living expenses for its 14-week resident bootcamp.
Turing School of Software and Design
Using the GI Bill at Turing requires a full-time commitment for a seven-month program.
Cincy Code IT Bootcamps
This series of GI Bill-approved bootcamps in Cincinnati gives veterans several options to choose from. You can study to be a business software specialist, Java developer, PC support specialist, or .NET developer.
Deep Dive Coding
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Deep Dive's Albuquerque courses are GI Bill eligible. You can find out more on its website.
This Seattle-based program accepts the GI Bill for some of its programs, specifically the Foundations, Intermediate, and Advanced courses. If you're completely new to the world of coding you may want to look elsewhere, or be prepared to pay for the basics course out of pocket.
Locations: Denver and Boulder, CO
Galvanize accepts the GI Bill at two of its Colorado locations, and only for its six-month, full-time web development program.
Location: New York City
The GI Bill is accepted at the NYC-based program, but only for its 11-month web development program.
PDX Code Guild
Location: Portland, OR
A 16-week evening program or a 12-week daytime program are both options available to GI Bill students at this Portland coding bootcamp.
This Miami school is another to offer a full-time web development program that accepts the GI Bill.
Location: San Antonio
The GI Bill will reportedly cover up to 100% of Codeup's programs. Codeup also gives $1,000 scholarships to veterans who show proof of service.
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
New Horizons isn't a coding bootcamp, but it does offer GI Bill benefits for training up on certifications and other IT career prep courses. Going this route is ideal for those with a tech background who need additional training and certification, or those interested in an IT career that doesn't involve coding.
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Location: Los Angeles
Sabio's coding program in LA accepts the GI Bill, but with one catch: You have to be enrolled in a Sabio program at Antioch University's Los Angeles location.
Nashville Software School
Location: Nashville, TN
NSS offers GI Bill benefits and accelerated six-month programs—great for those who don't want to spend a year learning to code.
Location: Greenwood, CO
Offering a 100% GI Bill covered Java programming course, Skill Distillery says its program will prepare participants to take the Oracle Certified Associate Java Developer test.
Location: Bushkill, PA
The Pennsylvania branch of Training Camp is certified to accept the GI Bill for a variety of its courses and programs.
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