The Department of Defense has been at the cutting edge of our nation's most advanced technological breakthroughs for decades. The legacy of defense innovation includes the Internet, the Global Positioning System (GPS), virtual reality, voice recognition technology, autonomous vehicles and cloud computing. Today, more than ever before, knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are critical to the success of U.S. military missions. In fact, the unparalleled technical skills and hands-on training that service members gain and master cannot be matched anywhere else. Whether officer or enlisted, specialized STEM skills are often part of a service member’s job. Commissioned officers are the managers, problem solvers, key influencers and planners who lead troops on their missions. Enlisted members perform the specific job functions that put analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities to the test to ensure mission success. Many service members transitioning to a civilian career will find their skills naturally transfer to a career in teaching STEM subjects.

Service members and veterans have so much knowledge. Why not share that knowledge with students who need it, who seek it, and who want to learn more? If a service member or veteran has a particular aptitude for science, technology, engineering or mathematics, the Troops to Teachers program can help identify the best path to teaching a STEM subject by providing counseling, guidance and help with meeting education requirements. Select the “Participant Tab” for more information.

Teacher and Student Classroom Resources:
Once a participant becomes a teacher, the Defense Department has many programs designed to help spark student interest in STEM areas. These programs connect STEM education in the classroom to the exciting careers and challenging opportunities that come with safeguarding our country: