Military & Veterans

Veteran? We Get You

Your military experience is an asset here. It will help you become a successful graduate and a future leader in commercial diving. Our veteran staff can assist your transition from active duty to civilian life as a student at DIT. Strong communication, clear expectations, and camaraderie are a way of life here. Our financial aid team handles post-9/11 GI Bill® paperwork every day. We’ll walk you through each step of the process so you don’t have to worry.

Active duty military and veterans attending DIT can receive up to $27,120.05 for tuition using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. At 100% eligibility students can receive up to $2,910 per month, which is paid directly to the student for Basic Housing Allowance. Students can receive up to $1,000 per academic year for books and supplies.


Military Friendly School Previous Years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Veteran Staff

Since 1968, The Divers Institute of Technology has been a Veteran Operated School. As a military friendly and VA-approved school, where many of our staff are veterans, we understand the sacrifices you have made to better our country. Because of your selfless service, we are honored and take great pride in assisting you with your transition into the exciting world of commercial diving.

DIT is proud to have Seattle Vet Center Outreach Specialist, Ray Rosales, on campus once a week.

Some of the Services offered:

  • Individual and group counseling for Veterans, service members, and their families
  • Family counseling for military related issues
  • Bereavement (grief) counseling
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
  • Community outreach and education
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral
  • Employment referral
  • Referral of other VA services

*If you are unable to connect with Ray during his visit feel welcome to reach out to him directly @ (206) 764-5130 or E-mail him @

Ray Rosales Bio

Ray Rosales was born in Riverside, CA and joined the Army in 1992. He spent 20 years as a Field Artilleryman and an Army Recruiter. When he retired in 2012, he was hired at the Seattle VA as a Medical Assistant working in the Radiology Dept. After a year in Radiology, he moved into the role of Medical Assistant in the Spinal Cord Injury unit, which he held for 4 years before heading south to the VA in Tacoma. In Tacoma, Ray worked on the Social Work Admin team for 4 years. He now works for the Seattle Vet Center as the Outreach Specialist. Although his focus is helping Vets, he enjoys helping anyone who comes in contact with him. Ray has spent the last 28 years helping people in and out of the military community.

His wife is also a Veteran and works for the Vet Center in Federal Way as the Office Manager. Ray’s counseling center specializes in Combat PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma located in the Georgetown area of Seattle. Ray plans on working for the VA for another 5-10 years and then enjoying the rest of his years with his wife of 25 years.


My transition from military service to finding a civilian career right for me proved to be a challenging one. The outstanding staff at DIT helped make the transition quick and simple. The friendly and knowledgeable enrollment team, made becoming a DIT student and utilizing my GI Bill® happen virtually overnight. Many of DIT’s Instructors previously served in various branches of the military, and this helps to make it a great learning environment for our nation’s veterans. DIT’s a place where veterans can receive a first class education in commercial diving. I am more than satisfied with my experience at DIT and look forward to returning for more certifications as I progress in my diving career.


Student, DIT Class 102-14

From day one, the DIT staff makes sure that transitioning from the military is seamless and painless. From applying and starting your GI Bill® to Industry updates and Resume Help, DIT sets and exceeds the standard. DIT instills a solid foundation of knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s diving industry. DIT’s instructors are chosen carefully. This shows through each module you have a new and strong pair of professionals who are masters of their craft. An even mix of military veteran divers and civilian career divers make it a great learning environment for both veterans and civilians alike. They make DIT’s fast paced, cutting edge, and rewarding program enjoyable day in and day out.”

Dmitri Quist

Diver/Tender at Underwater Engineering Services Inc. DIT Class 101-16

The Staff!! From the admissions members to the senior instructors, everyone at DIT is what made this possible for me. That the veteran instructors could relate to where the veteran students are coming from and help make the transition to the diving industry a successful one. Definitely the safety aspect, there is not a single job I do in the industry where I am not fully alert and concerned about everything involved in the diving operations and that is directly due to my experiences and instructors at DIT. There is not a single person you can’t count on here. These guys know what they are doing and will get you where you want to be.”

Jonathan South

Diver/Tender at Liquid Engineering Corp. DIT Class 106-13