Navy Region Mid-Atlantic SkillBridge Programs



SkillBridge is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. It allows companies to provide job skills training to service members during their last six months of their military service. Because this program is designed to offer participants a high probability that your business will hire them at the end of their training, SkillBridge serves as a pipeline for highly capable, highly motivated job candidates. Some training programs must also receive approval from an established industry group to help ensure a high level of instruction. Internships tailored to your specific organization do not need to receive that third-party validation.

For Transitioning Service Members

  • Job Training, Employment Skills Training, Apprenticeships & Internships (JTEST-AI).
  • Participation is voluntary, service member initiated and command approved.
  • Offered at little to no cost to the Service member.
  • Training may occur up to 180 days prior to separation.
  • Additional eligibility requirements are outlined in DoDI 1322.29 & NAVADMIN 222/15.

Civilian companies and organizations such as unions and industry groups provide job skills training to transitioning service members during the last six months of their duty. The service members continue to receive their military pay and benefits from the government while participating, so the service member bears little or no cost.

Your company can provide different types of training, including classroom skills training; online coursework; on-the-job apprenticeships in trades such as welding, pipefitting or construction; and onsite internships.

All SkillBridge training programs must be approved by the Department of Defense. There must be a high likelihood that service members will be hired by your company or another employer that works with sponsoring trade unions or industry groups.

Participating service members must be in the final 180 days of their military service and be approved by a military supervisor.

All training must occur within 50 miles of the military installation where the service member is based.

It takes some time and effort to create a DoD-approved SkillBridge program, but the benefits are well worth it.

Transitioning service members gain real-world training that is extremely likely to lead to employment after they leave the military. They are relieved of military responsibilities for the duration of the program, allowing them to concentrate on their training. They continue to receive their military pay and benefits from the government.

Why do we recommend this? 
Programs receive approval from the Department of Defense based in part on the quality of training, so participating service members can be assured the training is valuable. Programs are offered at little or not cost to service members and may be eligible for reimbursement under the GI Bill. Additionally, your company can choose to “fill in the gaps” with any costs to service members that remain.


If you are interested in the DoD SkillBridge program, please contac your local Fleet & Family Support Center.

FFSC @ Dam Neck Annex

Ph: 757-492-6342

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FFSC @ JEB Fort Story

Ph: 757-422-7311

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FFSC @ JEB Little Creek

Ph: 757-462-7563

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FFSC @ NAS Oceana

Ph: 757-433-2912

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FFSC @ NAVSTA Great Lakes

847-688--3603 Ext. 100

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Ph: 757-444-2102

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FFSC @ Newport News

Ph: 757-688-6289

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FFSC @ NSA HR Northwest Annex

Ph: 757-421-8770

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FFSC @ NSA HR Portsmouth

Ph: 757-953-7801

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FFSC @ NSA Saratoga Springs

518-886-0200 Ext. 146

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FFSC @ Portsmouth Naval Shipyard


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FFSC @ WPNSTA Yorktown

Ph: 757-887-4606

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