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The Illinois Army National Guard Education Office was designed to both increase the overall readiness of our force and to improve the quality of life for each of our members and their families. Each soldier brings a different set of expectations, past accomplishments, and future aspirations to the education process. Education counseling tailors our education system to meet the needs of each of our Guard members. The National Guard Leadership at all levels share this great responsibility. Together we can have a positive impact on the life of each member of our Army National Guard family.

Charting a course to your chosen educational goal is a challenging endeavor. The Illinois Army National Guard has several tools to help you get started: the College Career Work Book and various Guidance Tests.

In addition there are referral and placement opportunities within the Troops for Teachers Program. You can also get additional information by visiting The Education and Career Center and Internet Counseling Resources.

Troops to Teachers: Referral and Placement Assistance

Interested in starting a second career in public education?

The Department of Defense Troops to Teachers program provides Referral and Placement Assistance to service members and civilian employees of the Department of Defense who are interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teachers or teacher's aides. The DANTES Troops to Teachers office will help in "linking" applicants with teacher certification programs and employment opportunities.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of this legislation is to help improve American education by providing mature, motivated, experienced, and dedicated personnel for the nation's classrooms. The three main objectives of the program are to:

  1. Assist military and civilian personnel impacted by military reductions enter a new career in public education
  2. Provide positive role models for the nation's public school students
  3. Help relieve teacher shortages, especially in the subjects of math and science. Any school district in need may participate.

Program Function

The primary function of the program is Referral and Placement Assistance. DANTES provides counseling and assistance to help participants identify employment opportunities and teacher certification programs. Participants choose the area in which they want to teach. State Support Offices have been established in 16 states to assist participants with both certification requirements and employment leads.


  • Military personnel, veterans, Reserve component personnel, DoD and DoE civilian employees who were separated not earlier the 1 October 1990 may apply for referral and placement assistance
  • Military personnel must have served a minimum of six years
  • Civilian members of the DoD and DoE must have 5 years of federal service
  • Those interested in 'academic' teaching positions must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college
  • Those interested in teaching vocational subjects (e.g. electronics, computers, construction trades, etc.) are not required to have a college degree to apply, but must be able to document their skill level or expertise

For more information

For more information about Troops to Teachers, to include: application procedures, a listing of State Support Offices, the Internet Referral Service, links to State Departments of Education, model resumes, and job listings visit the Troops to Teachers Homepage, or write or call:

DANTES Troops to Teachers
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, FL 32509-5243
Phone: 850-452-1241
Toll Free: 800-231-6242
DSN: 922-1151
FAX: 850-452-1096

Additional Transition Resources

Please visit the following websites for additional information on career and education opportunities outside of the Illinois National Guard.