DoD SkillBridge to support transitioning service members

Joint Base Military and Family Support Center

Are you a transitioning service member? Use your DoD SkillBridge benefit to obtain training and certification while still on active duty.

Your Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Military and Family Support Center transition team will begin offering opportunities through the Job Training Employment Skills Training-Apprenticeship and Internship (JTEST-AI) program, also known as DOD Skill-Bridge or Career Skills Program starting in October.

This program provides a pathway for transitioning service members to obtain viable and employable skills in reputable labor markets.

The program may be used to enter into an apprenticeship, certification program, or an approved internship. Many participants are offered interviews for a position at the company where they received their training and SkillBridge Program participants have a high rate of post-training/post-transition employment offers.

Who is eligible? Any transitioning service member who has completed a minimum of 180 continuous days on active duty, and is expected to be discharged or released from active duty within 180 days of beginning the Skill-Bridge program. Service members wanting to participate must obtain permission from the first field grade officer in their chain of command, and can request the application through MFSC transition counselors.

Onward To Opportunity (O2O-VCTP) is a DoD Skill-Bridge program which is currently active in the mainland and will soon be coming to Oahu. O2O-VCTP offers multiple certification pathways, including Business Management (Project Management/PMP certification, Six Sigma, and HR), Information Technology (including CompTIA A+, Cyber, Networking, Linux, Database Management and more), and Customer Service.

In addition to transitioning service members, O2OVCTP is also available for all military spouses, and all Post 9/11 eligible veterans post-separation. O2O-VCTP has benefited many transitioning service members:

“I began with the Project Management course and obtained my PMP four months later. Within two months of obtaining my certification, I got a new job as a Senior IT Project Manager,” said Jeremey Steward, U.S. Air Force.

SkillBridge Programs must meet the eligibility criteria set by the Department of Defense. MFSC can provide specific requirements to agencies/employers wishing to participate. Official guidance for JTEST-A1/DoD Skill-Bridge is covered within the following publications: DOD Instruction 1322.29, DoD Instruction 4000.19, OPNAV Instruction 4000.84, CNIC Instruction 4000.1C, NAVADMIN 222/15, and AFI 36-2649. Information is also available at www.dodskillbridge.com.

For more information on how to pursue a SkillBridge training program, or about the Job Training and Employment Skills Training-Apprenticeship or the Onward To Opportunity program, contact a transition specialist at the Military and Family Support Center at 474-1999 or via email at mfschawaii@navy.mil.

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