This post provides an introduction to SkillBridge, a program offered by DOD specifically for Service members (US Armed Forces) seeking private sector employment upon departing the military.

SkillBridge permits active service members to use their final 180 days of service to train and learn with an industry partner in real-world job experiences. This includes industry specific training, apprenticeships, and internships.

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This program bridges the gap between service time ending and private sector employment beginning. Here is a high level overview of the benefits of the DOD SkillBridge program for retiring Service members.

Connect with Private Sector Employers

Through DOD’s SkillBridge program, retiring Service members are connected with private sector employers to participate in internships and apprenticeships. These engagements offer valuable private sector experience, while concurrently giving employers an opportunity to evaluate that Service member’s suitability for a FT job offer.

Maintain Your Compensation and Benefits

Service members that qualify for the SkillBridge program may be granted up to 180 days of permissive duty to focus solely on training full-time with approved industry partners. Through this program, participating Service members continue to receive their full military compensation and benefits as normal.

Support for Military Spouses

Related to SkillBridge, is the DOD’s ‘Spouse Education and Career Opportunities‘ (SECO) program, which connects military spouses with educational and employment opportunities. This includes career coaching and financial resources as well as connecting with employers with a track record of onboarding and retaining military spouses.

In Conclusion

Our brave servicemen and servicewomen protect this country with dignity and honor. We owe a debt of gratitude to all Service members. This invaluable program gives those individuals a head start in making the transition from military retirement to private sector employment.

For more information on this program visit the DOD SkillBridge website.