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DoD SkillBridge Overview

The DoD SkillBridge initiative promotes the civilian job training authority available for transitioning military Service members. Service members meeting certain qualifications can participate in civilian job and employment training, including apprenticeships and internships.

Such training can take place starting up to six months prior to a Service member's separation. Additionally, the training must offer a high probability of employment and be provided to the Service member at little or no cost.

Through DoD SkillBridge, tremendous potential exists for Service members, companies, trade unions, and others for leveraging this new DoD authority.

For Airmen

Career Skills Program training opportunities are available for transitioning Airmen. Airmen must have completed at least 180 days on active duty and be expected to be discharged or released from active duty within 180 days of starting their job training. Moreover, you must receive approval to participate, and the training opportunity must meet certain conditions.

For additional information contact your education office or see Personnel Services Delivery Guide - Career Skills Program.

For Companies/Training Providers

More than 300,000 Service members are expected to leave the military every year for the next few years. These Service members are highly trained and skilled. SkillBridge allows participating businesses and other training providers to gain early access to these highly skilled Service members as prospective employees before those Service members become Veterans. Since Service members continue to receive their military pay and benefits while participating, the training provider does not pay the Service member to participate.

Note that certain additional eligibility criteria are required for participation, as spelled out in our Framework Requirements section.
It is important that Service members review the Requirements section.

There is also specific eligibility for providers, as spelled out in our Provider Requirements section.

For additional information, please contact your local education office from which you intend to separate and see the Questions and Answers.

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