SkillBridge is an excellent opportunity as you plan for your life after the military. SkillBridge matches civilian opportunities for 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.
SW Design School is a SkillBridge Partner!
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.
Note: As published in the Joint ethics regulations of the Department of Defense and as outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor guidance, 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.
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November 15, 2021
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Chapter 36 FAQ's
Can a service member attend more than one SkillBridge?
Can a service member attend a second SkillBridge if they fail out of the first?
Can a service member EAS while attending SkillBridge?
Only with approval from your Command. An Administrative Action form would need to accompany the SkillBridge Packet. (Download AA Form Template). For more details, reference page 2 of the SkillBridge Application.
Does the G.I. Bill cover all costs (housing, travel, food, etc.)?
Each program is different in that some programs are “free” to the service member and don’t use the G.I. Bill, whereas some do. The Program POC or the SkillBridge Coordinator can best answer this question. For SW Design School LLC d/b/a K-12 Coders; YES. Your G.I. Bill covers ALL Cost.
Will I get paid for the training from either the program or from the VA with the use of my G.I. Bill?
No. If you are still on active duty while attending a SkillBridge program, then you will NOT receive any extra pay from either the program or the VA since you will still be on active duty.
If it’s a “Free” program, meaning that that the program will cover the cost of the training, then there will be NO income for you if you EAS while on the training.
Can a service member’s spouse utilize this benefit?
No, with the exception of Onward 2 Opportunity (O2O).
Do I have to have TRS and/or Capstone completed prior to attending
It is required to have completed TRS before being able to apply and attend any SkillBridge program.