SkillBridge

SkillBridge Program

SkillBridge Employment Training Program is available to all eligible service members. All courses are geared toward learning high-demand industry-specific skills with the high-probability of securing employment prior to exiting the military. Courses offer job interviews, placements, or certifications to enhance entry into the workforce. The SkillBridge Employment Training Program (SETP) is pursuant to MARADMIN 350/18 and NAVADMIN 222/15.

For more information on the SkillBridge Application process, contact the Education Program at: 252-466-3500

For more programs offered through military installations, please visit the DoD SkillBridge website at dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/locations.htm.

How to navigate the DOD SkillBridge Website

Use the SkillBridge Program Comparison Chart for a side by side analysis of potential program providers.

Eligibility

To participate in any skills course you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Service members who have completed at least 180 days on active duty and are expected to be released from active duty within 180 days of starting the course with an honorable discharge, including general discharge under honorable conditions.

  • Must have enough time to complete the program on active duty. Utilizing terminal leave is acceptable. Securing an extension to your existing End of Active Service (EAS) in order to participate is not authorized.
  • Have completed Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS).
  • Have attended an Ethics Brief or completed a DoD approved Ethics Training presentation within the last 12 months from the start date of the skills training program. Either ETI08A00ZZ or LLISELF301 in Marine Net will suffice
  • Have not previously completed, currently participating in, or had participation terminated from another SETP course. This would be the first skills course.

EAS Calculator

Application and Process

1. Contact the SkillBridge Program POC: Contact the desired SkillBridge POC with your interest in securing a seat. To see a list of approved programs visit: https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov. The program representative will inform you about your eligibility based on your EAS and answer any additional questions or concerns. The meeting you have with the POC can help determine if the program of interest fits your future goals before you fully commit. Be sure to discuss options with more than one provider. The Education Office staff are available to help you explore your options but they are NOT responsible for securing a class seat for you.

2. Selection Acceptance into the Course: Applying to a program does not guarantee acceptance. Due to limited seats, most programs are competitive, and may include an interview, an exam, a scoring system, or a résumé. Please adhere to the course due dates and any additional information required. If accepted, the provider must provide you with an acceptance letter. Sample acceptance letters are at the end of the application package.

3. Complete Application Packet: Secure proper signatures on the application documents. The approval authority to participate in any SkillBridge program is the first field grade commander in your command (O4 or above). If AND ONLY IF the Service member is starting a program outside of their 180-day window or if they plan to EAS while attending a SkillBridge Program, an approved Administrative Action (AA) Form, signed by an O4 or above and the Service member, will be required as part of the application packet. Each AA Form will be vetted by an Education Specialist who will send it to HQMC for approval. The Education Specialist will notify the Service member of the decision. Packages requiring an AA Form must be submitted no later than 30 days before the course start date.

4. Submit the Packet to the Education Office: Drop off or email the completed package to the Education Office at ombchpteducation@usmc-mccs.org, before the course due date. An Education Specialist will review/verify all documents are completed and satisfactory. Once accepted, your application will be considered official and you will receive a final copy.

5. It is the Service Member’s responsibility to discuss accountability, check-out requirements, PTAD orders, and any other logistical considerations with their command.

For more information, please call 252-466-3500 or visit the Education Office in the Jerry Marvel Training and Education Building, BLDG 4335, Room 109.

SkillBridge Application Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

What governs the use of SkillBridge?

Can a service member attend more than one SkillBridge?

  • No

Can a service member attend a second SkillBridge if they fail out of the first?

  • No

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).

Does the G.I. Bill cover all cost (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.

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.

Is there a deadline for the submission of my SkillBridge Packet?

  • Your approved SkillBridge packet is do back to the Cherry Point Education Office before you start your SkillBridge Program. However, IF your SkillBridge packet requires an AA Form due to the requirements set forth by the MARADMIN, your SkillBridge packet accompanied by the AA Form will need to submitted to the Cherry Point Education Office NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS to the start date so that it can be sent up to HQMC for approval. If you miss the 30 day deadline, your packet will denied.

Information Sessions

Our SkillBridge Information sessions are for anyone who wants to learn more about SkillBridge.  During this one hour period, we will discuss the purpose of SkillBridge, the policies and directives set forth, the responsibilities of the applicant, as well as explain the application process.  

Whether you need help with your SkillBridge packet, want to learn more about the program or have specific questions, please join us.

Sessions are held every Monday from 1000-1100 in the Training & Education Building. Check-in is located in Room 109. Please call 252-466-3500 to register.

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