The deadline to apply for the Army Vocational/Technical Soldier Program, or AVOTEC, is Sept. 25.

AVOTEC is a pilot program that pays up to $4,500 for soldiers to receive vocational training at a community college or trade school that leads to a certification or license. Applicants who are accepted must start a program by Sept. 30.

The program is open to active-duty soldiers, wounded servicemembers still serving on active duty, and National Guard and reservists on extended duty for six months or longer. It is also open to officers. It does not require servicemembers to extend their service commitment to take advantage of the program.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the program can go to: to select a program to enroll in and then go to to apply.

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