Military Members

Looking for your next step after your military service? You are in the right place.

Military Members

SkillBridge is an excellent opportunity as you plan for your life after the military. SkillBridge matches civilian opportunities to your job training and work experience at the end of your military duty. In addition to opportunities such as Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill program, you can enhance your marketability and post-separation career prospects by participating in a SkillBridge opportunity.

Any rank, enlisted or officer, may apply for SkillBridge. SkillBridge permits you to use up to the last 180 days of Service to work and learn with an industry partner. During SkillBridge participation you continue to receive military compensation and you are covered by your military benefits. Release for SkillBridge is always mission-dependent and your unit Commander must authorize participation prior to entering into any agreement with interested industry employment partners.

There are many industry partners with opportunities in a variety of fields, such as energy, information technology, manufacturing, retail, transportation, civil service and more. These industry partners have developed SkillBridge programs for separating Service members because they value your expertise, dedication and service.

Go to the SkillBridge Locations Map to learn about existing opportunities.

You may be eligible to participate in SkillBridge if you:

  • Have 180 days of service or fewer remaining prior to your date of separation and you have at least 180 continuous days of active service
  • Obtain approval from your unit commander, and
  • Agree that participation in SkillBridge can be terminated at any time by the Service if mission requirements dictate.

Go to the SkillBridge Locations Map to learn about existing opportunities.

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.

Updated: June 14, 2019