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DoD SkillBridge Program

The Career Skills Program (also known as the Job Training, Employment Skills Training, Apprenticeships and Internships [JTEST-AI]) under the Department of Defense SkillBridge initiative, prepares military members to transition from military to civilian employment. SkillBridge career skills programs are vocational and technical training programs that focus on the practical application of learned skills and can lead to employment in a specific career or technical trade.

Program General Eligibility Requirements

  • A military member must complete at least 180 continuous days on active duty and is expected to be discharged or released from active duty within 180 days of starting CSP
  • Participation is self-initiated and approved by the first field grade commander authorized to impose non-judicial punishment in the chain of command
  • The approval authority may terminate participation in CSP based on mission requirements. Upon notification that participation is terminated, service members must immediately withdraw from the program and report to their unit of assignment

Three Types of Career Skills Programs

  • Apprenticeships – Generally a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction that may be sponsored jointly by an employer and union groups, individual employers or employer association
  • Internships – A type of work experience for entry-level job-seekers. Internships may be completed in federal, state or local government, or in the private sector and may consist of OJT and work experience
  • On-the-Job Training – Job skills learned at a place of work while performing the actual job

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