How to Apply

Instructions

To apply for a SkillBridge/Career Skills Program opportunity, Service Members should:

  1. Gather basic information about the program in which you are interested on the locations page
  2. Consult with your local SkillBridge Program Manager (usually assigned to the base Transition Office or Education Office)
    • If you are deployed or at a remote installation and do not have a local SkillBridge Program Manager, submit a Contact Us request for assistance and your Service will help coordinate a response as soon as possible
  3. Obtain written approval to participate in a SkillBridge program from your unit commander of permanent assignment prior to making any agreements to participate

NOTE: Each of the Services have differing application requirements and processes. Each Service’s application instructions can be viewed below.

Air Force

For additional information regarding applying for participation in SkillBridge Programs, Airmen should consult the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) SkillBridge page.

Army

Before any individual Soldier contacts any SkillBridge/Career Skills Program (CSP) providers directly to inquire about application details, and before seeking Commander approval, all interested Soldiers must first review the IMCOM CSP page and then contact SkillBridge/CSP officials at usarmy.jbsa.imcom-hq.mbx.g1-aces@mail.mil for further instructions on next steps.

Navy

Each Navy command establishes local SkillBridge participation procedures. Sailors are advised to at minimum follow the steps below:

  • Prior to pursing program enrollment or command approval, review DoD Instruction 1322.29 and NAVADMIN 222/15 policy documents on the Resources page of this website to ensure you meet minimum eligibility requirements.
  • Review all of the approved SkillBridge program information listed on the SkillBridge Locations page of this website.
  • Directly contact the Employer POCs listed on the SkillBridge Locations page of the website to learn more about program specific eligibility requirements, start dates, training duration, enrollment protocol, etc. If there is no Employer POC contact information available, you may either contact your local Transition Office (Fleet and Family Support Center) or Contact Us for further assistance.
  • If there is a training program or internship of interest not currently approved and listed on the DoD website, the training provider may route a request for approval by visiting Industry Partners/Employers - How to Participate, OR per current Navy protocol your Commanding Officer may approve training but in doing so must develop formal documentation (Memorandum of Understanding) with the industry partner.
  • Once you have determined eligibility, and identified a program of interest, submit a request through your chain of command for "permission to participate" in training. Required documentation and request routing protocol vary by command so consult with your designated command representative for details.
  • Maintain a copy of approval documentation signed by your unit commander in personal files for reference as necessary, and provide a copy to the Employer POC for review and final acceptance as appropriate. Contact the Transition Office (Fleet and Family Support Center) at your supporting base to gather more details about the SkillBridge programs available in your geographic area, or for additional transition assistance support (Resume, Interview Preparation, Job Search, Application Assistance, etc..).

Marine Corps

More details forthcoming soon. In the interim, Marines interested in SkillBridge/Career Skills Program (CSP) opportunities can submit questions through the Contact Us page.

Industry Partners

If you are representing a company or agency who would like to develop a SkillBridge program as an Industry Partner, please fill out the information in the "How to Participate" section of the Interested Industry Employer or Agency page.

Updated: November 7, 2019