Industry Partners / Employers

Benefit from the unique experience, skills, and unmatched work ethos military members bring to the workforce.

Military Members

Each year approximately 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed in over 140 military installations in the U.S. and overseas, will separate from active duty and re-enter the civilian work force or pursue higher education.

Through the SkillBridge program industry partners benefit from gaining early access to the extensive experience, skills, and unmatched work ethos Service members bring to the workforce. Employers craft SkillBridge programs to meet their specific workforce needs, matching those needs to the skills and abilities of highly motivated Service members, all at no cost.

How is this possible? The U.S. Department of Defense pays Service member salary and benefits while the Service member participates in SkillBridge. This opportunity may last up to the final 180-days of service. Military installation Commanders can make on-base facilities available to industry partners for use in their SkillBridge programs, or members may be authorized to train at the industry partner’s location off installation at minimal to no cost.

What’s the Catch?

It may seem too good to be true, but there is no catch except the opportunity to catch the best talent entering the civilian labor force each year.

This unique opportunity is provided to Service members by the Department of Defense (DoD). Why? Because the DoD benefits when Service members successfully transition to the civilian workforce. The DoD wants the best possible outcomes for our separating members: not just short-term jobs, but careers with good pay and opportunities for advancement just as they had while in the Service.

Review current SkillBridge Programs.

Learn more about how many Service members are expected to separate from the military. This map shows military installations across the country and the numbers of military personnel that separated from each installation in 2018. You can use this information to gauge how many potential participants your program might be able to draw from.

To be a successful SkillBridge industry partner, be sure that your organization:

  • Has developed clearly defined job training and career development programs designed to enhance opportunities for separating Service members that enable them to gain the necessary employment skills, knowledge, and abilities to hit the ground running
  • Can ensure a high probability of a job being available to the participating Service members at the end of your organization’s SkillBridge program, and
  • Has evidence that the industry is in-demand and has opportunities for professional advancement beyond initial employment

Review current SkillBridge Programs.

Learn more about how many Service members are expected to separate from the military. This map shows military installations across the country and the numbers of military personnel that separated from each installation in 2018. You can use this information to gauge how many potential participants your program might be able to draw from.

Note: As published in the joint ethics regulations of the Department of Defense and as outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor's Fact Sheet #71 of January 2018, Service members participating in a SkillBridge program are participating in a Capstone training experience at the end of the military career and are NOT eligible for wages or other benefits from industry partners since the program is supported by the Department of Defense which will continue to cover the salaries and benefits of the participating members.

First: Review and complete the Memorandum of Understanding. Your organization must first reach initial agreement with the Department of Defense prior to being authorized to negotiate SkillBridge/Career Skills Program (CSP) specifics with any Service or installation representatives or individual Service members.

Next: Complete the Inquiry Form for interested Industry Partners below.

(NOTE: Under no circumstances should any SkillBridge industry partner or prospective employer enter into any agreement with a Service member under the auspices of the SkillBridge/Career Skills Program (CSP) without first receiving express written approval and consent from the Service member’s commanding officer.)

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Updated: July 10, 2019