Commands / Installation Offices
Help returning Service members find meaningful and gainful employment.
Do you have a Service member in your command who is preparing for their release from Active Duty? Want to support their next steps? Be sure to support the SkillBridge program. SkillBridge provides Active Duty Service Members the opportunity to participate in industry sponsored work and gain experience and training for up to 180 days prior to their date of release or discharge from Active Duty.
Unit Commanders must evaluate the mission impact and can recall a member from the SkillBridge program if necessary. Often SkillBridge programs do not last 180 days. Most programs are less than four months, which allows members not only to receive their industry-related training and set themselves up for immediate entry into a new career (typically with the industry partner), but also to have time to use terminal leave, so long as it does not total more than 180 days combined.
To learn more about existing opportunities, go to the SkillBridge Locations map to review programs currently in place.
You can help your subordinates/Service Members by authorizing this time away during their last 180 days of service. Benefits to the member include:
- Easing the stress around returning to civilian life
- Gaining critical work experience and training opportunities that are directly connected to a post-service career
- Often direct hiring from SkillBridge participation, no period of unemployment
- Learning if the company is a good fit for them
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.
Your Service member need only:
- Review the How to Apply page
- Visit the base education service office or transition program office to initiate the formal process
If you have any questions that your local installation education or transition office cannot answer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by providing the following information: