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U.S. Service Members Can Find Civilian Career Opportunities Through SkillBridge, A U.S. Defense Department Career Transition Program ‘That Connects Employment Opportunities Through’ Internships & Apprenticeships

Published Sunday, July 3, 2022
by C. Todd Lopez/DOD NEWS
U.S. Service Members Can Find Civilian Career Opportunities Through SkillBridge, A U.S. Defense Department Career Transition Program ‘That Connects Employment Opportunities Through’ Internships & Apprenticeships

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Separating Service Members who are preparing to enter the Civilian Workforce can use the U.S. Defense Department's (DOD) Career Transition Program, SkillBridge, to explore career opportunities through internships and Apprenticeships.

SkillBridge is one DOD effort to help Service Members more successfully transition from military life into the Civilian Workforce.

Now, after Service Members complete the Transition Assistance Program before separating from the military, they can also apply to participate in SkillBridge to help them find meaningful civilian employment.  

SkillBridge has been around for about 10 years, started as a pilot in 2011 to address concerns about U.S. Military Personnel returning to civilian life following the 2008 financial crisis.

Lawmakers wanted to ensure Service Members leaving the military at that time would be able to find work.  

According to Caroline Baxter, who serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, more than 50,000 Service Members have participated in the program with external employers, developing skills to help them secure post-military employment. 

"SkillBridge is a critical part of the investment the department makes in the future success of those who serve our Nation in uniform," Baxter said. "We are proud to see the number of companies and Service Members participating in this vibrant and consequential program grow year over year, and we are meeting this growth in demand with redoubled oversight to ensure this opportunity retains its promise to Service Members for years to come." 

Well before their last six months of military service, eligible Service Members should meet with a career counselor at their military installation to begin the process of using SkillBridge.

There, they can use the SkillBridge web site and professional SkillBridge Social Media Networks to learn about careers with as many as 1,700 different private sector companies now offering internships and Apprenticeships.  

To Continue Reading This Apprenticeship And Training Labor News Story, Go To: www.defense.gov/News/Feature-Stories/story/Article/3052396/service-members-find-civilian-career-opportunities-through-skillbridge/

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