Should you continue your service from the military to law enforcement there are some additional bonuses to help the transition and also grow your skills. The GI Bill, otherwise known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, was a bi-partisan effort used to reward military veterans. Since its inception there have been a few variations of the bill; however, most will fall under the Post 9/11 version. Both new and veteran law enforcement officers can capitalize on these benefits.
The first benefit to new officers is the on the job training, or OJT stipend. There are several professions which has an OJT aspect during the first year. Law enforcement qualifies as I used this during the entire first year of service which added a very helpful income as we transitioned. Here is the overview taken directly from the va.gov website.
This benefits veterans who continue to serve in an OJT roll by direct depositing an additional stipend into your account. This means that in addition to your salary from your agency you will get a significant deposit into your account. So, if your MAH in your area is $1,500 you will receive this for the first 6 months and 80% of this for the second.
On you clear your probation or OJT window, you can once again use the GI Bill to continue your higher education. This additional stipend includes an annual book/supply cost (up to $1,000) and monthly housing. The VA will cover your tuition directly to the school.
One final note, if you discharged prior to 1/1/2013 you must use these within 15 years of your discharge date. If you discharged after 1/1/2013 these 36 months are indefinite.
To learn more and apply visit the GI Bill section of va.gov.