Dietician Certificate Through Military Education Benefits
Dietician Courses Through the Montgomery GI Bill
While there is a drop-off from military to civilian dietetic salary ($59,000 per year, indeed.com reports), it’s still significantly higher than the average American salary.
The Montgomery GI Bill provides an excellent opportunity for current and former military personnel who seek to enter dietician schools following their service in the Armed Forces. Here is how to utilize the GI Bill:
- Before your service begins, reach out to military recruiters of all branches of the Armed Forces and talk their ears off about the educational opportunities in their particular branches, as certain branches will likely afford you greater educational benefits than the alternatives.
- Carefully comb through your contract for enlistment after you choose the military branch with which you will be serving. Ensure that the GI Bill is yours to take advantage of once your service in the military is satisfied. Granted, there is a small monthly fee that you must pay during your first year of service to use the GI Bill, but if you provide it, the GI Bill will be waiting for you once you are eligible to use it (keep reading for more on this). Four years of free dietetic classes will be offered to you through the GI Bill should you decide to use it.
Once the GI Bill is available, here is what you will need to do to pursue dietician courses through the Montgomery GI Bill:
- Select a college, university, or trade school that will let you use the GI Bill for your dietician courses. To be sure of this, talk to a representative at your school’s financial aid department, or log on to the Veterans Administration’s Web site.
- Fill out and submit the application for the GI Bill. This can be found over the phone at (888) GIBILL-1, through the Veteran’s Administration’s Web site, or through a school official who is in contact with the Veterans Administration.
It’s important to note that you will not need to select a school prior to filling out a GI Bill application. Once the Veterans Administration approves your use of the GI Bill, you will be reimbursed for all of your tuition toward your dietetic degree.