VA Funding

Get Your Captains License Using GI Bill Education Benefits

ATTN. VETERANS: If you need a merchant mariners credential, a.k.a "Captains License," we can help. Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy is offering Military Veterans (eligible for GI education benefits) an opportunity to get your USCG Captains license with training at three Wisconsin locations - Appleton, Sturgeon Bay and Milwaukee, WI. These classes have been approved for Montgomery GI Bill and Post 911 benefits for classroom courses.

Enrollment for a classroom course in Appleton, Sturgeon Bay or Milwaukee is simple:

First Step is to apply for benefits using  "You can apply using the “Ready to Apply? Select Correct Form” area.  This will open a claim token with VA, and they will send entitlement information, in response.  This would be the most official way to determine if they have entitlement.  The vet may call the GI Bill hotline (888-442-4551), or send an inquiry to the “Submit a Question” portal on the GI Bill website (link), but this may not provide the information they are seeking." We just need a copy of the currently print the eBenefits page as proof of eligibility in lieu of a Certificate of Eligibility.  We need this document to certify your enrollment for payment.

Second, call Brenda at Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy (920-733-5500) to enroll in the USCG Captains License class. Tell Brenda you are using your VA education benefits. A $100 deposit is required to hold your classroom seat which will be refunded.  

Third, attend the class at either our Appleton, Milwaukee, or Sturgeon Bay classrooms and earn your USCG License.

 Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wisconsin state approving agency for Veterans benefits.

*At this time, online classes are not approved for GI Bill funding. We are working on alternatives so you can use your benefits to get a merchant maritime education.


The following are GI Bill Approving Agency Certificate Programs:

OUPV Near Coastal (Classroom)

OUPV Inland & Great Lakes (Classroom)

OUPV Upgrade to Masters (Classroom)

Able Body Seaman (Classroom)

Mate less than 200 Ton Program (Classroom)

 *Approved certificate programs are available in class at our Appleton or Milwaukee, WI campuses. See our for all of the information.