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SkillBridge sets military members up for future success

Airmen preparing to separate from active duty service can take steps toward their next career using the Department of Defense SkillBridge Program.

Airmen preparing to separate from active duty service can take steps toward their next career using the Department of Defense SkillBridge Program. (Courtesy graphic)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Airmen preparing to separate from active duty service can take steps toward their next career using the Department of Defense SkillBridge Program.

SkillBridge allows officers and enlisted members the opportunity to develop transferrable skills through civilian on-the-job training, internships and apprenticeships within their last 180 days of service. Applicants can choose from a variety of DOD-approved and Air Force-affiliated organizations.

“This program is a great way to prepare military members for their next professional steps,” said Tracy Robertson, a Hanscom education services specialist.

To apply for the SkillBridge program, Airmen must receive written approval prior to being released from daily unit duties for the period of participation.

Gay Close, educational services officer here, recommends anyone interested in SkillBridge begin their application as soon as possible and include their leaders in the process.

SkillBridge participation is only authorized within the 180 days prior to a member’s retirement or separation date with an anticipated honorable or general discharge.

“It makes it easier when we can all work together to get an application approved,” said Close.

Additional information can be found at https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/index.htm