Putting our veterans to work

Microsoft is committed to helping current and former service members find new career paths in the technology industry. With tech training through Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, job listings at Microsoft and partnerships with other tech industry leaders, we want to thank you for your service and pledge to help turn your military experience and skills into a new civilian career.

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Current Service
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Current Service Members

Current service member with a scheduled separation date: Learn more about intensive tech training and career guidance through Microsoft Software & Systems Academy.

Former Service
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Former Service Members

Former service member looking for a career at Microsoft: Search Microsoft’s job listings for career opportunities that fit your skills.

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Former service members

Former service member looking for new skills to change careers: Learn more about Microsoft Virtual Academy and other training resources.

Student Veterans
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Student veterans

Student veteran thinking about a degree in technology: Learn more about Microsoft’s career opportunities for students and graduates.

Entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur or small-business owner: Learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to supplier diversity.

Find a job that fits your background

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Hiring Process

Learn more about the steps current and former service members can take to start your career at Microsoft.

Student Programs

Microsoft offers programs for current students and recent graduates to help you kick-start your career.

Not sure what you want to do or if you are qualified? There are thousands of options across hundreds of teams at Microsoft — and we make it easier. Use this decoder to translate the skills you earned during military service into civilian terms so you can find your best career opportunities. What’s stopping you from chasing your next pursuit?

Decode Military Jobs into Civilian Jobs

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Training & Resources

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a tech training and career guidance program for U.S. service members with a scheduled discharge date.

Microsoft works with partners to offer software training and certification to build your skills and qualifications.

Microsoft offers discounts to current and former service members for products and services for your business or your personal life.

Microsoft welcomes current and former service members as employees. Search our job listings to find opportunities that are right for you.

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Microsoft Military Community

In the military, there is a strong sense of pride and purpose standing shoulder to shoulder with your fellow servicemen and women. At Microsoft, we recognize the importance of continuing that close sense of community with your military brethren. We invite you to join us in that special military community.

Marine’s leadership skills and growth mindset lead her to Microsoft

When Erin Mackin saw that the other candidates for a job opening at Microsoft were experienced tech account managers, she assumed she was out of the running.
November 17, 2015/by bpruitt

Microsoft tech training helps Army intelligence specialist find civilian career at Federal Occupational Health

When Dennis Huang left Wall Street to join the Army, he thought he’d return to a finance career when his service was over. But today Sgt. Huang is working as an IT project administrator at Federal Occupational Health, helping manage the migration of a database encompassing more than 4 million records. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) was a crucial step in his journey from finance to firearms to a federal data system.
July 27, 2015/by Barrett Evans

Special Forces veteran finds Microsoft needs more than coders

Tom Snead had just marked 20 years of service as a U.S. Army Special Forces officer when a friend and fellow veteran asked what he would do after leaving the Army. Snead hadn’t thought seriously about retiring, but his friend had a bright idea: Join him at Microsoft.
January 12, 2016/by Barrett Evans

Early experiences with Microsoft help shape Taj Mathews’ post-military plans

Taj Mathews’ relationship with Microsoft started well before he studied IT management at the Naval Academy, and long before his service in the U.S. Navy. As a middle school student in Seattle, he attended a Microsoft-sponsored tech entrepreneurship workshop at his local Boys & Girls Club. And in his later teen years, Mathews was a high school intern at Microsoft.
September 3, 2015/by Barrett Evans

From military to MBA and now Microsoft: Former Army captain learns to transition across roles and reach new heights

John Woo enlisted in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) while in college because he wanted to have a positive impact on his country’s security. After five years of active duty service, Woo was ready to return to civilian life but he didn’t want to stop making a difference.
July 28, 2015/by Barrett Evans

From pilot to sales exec: Transferring military commitment to business dedication

Whether you were trained to do your job, or simply born to do it, your level of commitment and preparation will determine success.
December 16, 2015/by bpruitt
As an intelligence officer, Kocher is responsible for collecting and disseminating information that’s relevant to the mission.

Coast Guard Reservist finds the right work-life balance at Microsoft

Rich Kocher, an intelligence officer in the Coast Guard Reserve, took an unusual path to the military: He’d already completed college, had a degree and was working as a mutual fund analyst before he decided to enlist.
January 28, 2016/by Barrett Evans

Not just hiring developers: Alonzo Barber brings legal experience and naval background to Microsoft

Alonzo Barber is proof that good jobs in the technology industry aren’t just for techies. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former senior counsel for Black Entertainment Television (BET), Barber is currently an attorney in Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs Group (LCA).
September 25, 2015/by bpruitt

Marine reservist finds Microsoft shares his commitment to duty

As a gunnery sergeant and 14-year veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve, Brent Huntington has seen the best and the worst of workplace support for employee National Guard and reserve commitments. So when he was ready to change jobs in 2014, he knew that any company he was willing to consider had to be serious about its commitment to his military reserve duty.
October 1, 2015/by bpruitt

From the Marines to Microsoft: One family’s journey

Rick Weil had a difficult choice to make in 2008. A captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, he’d served as a supply officer and company commander for several years, including an eight-month deployment to Iraq.
November 23, 2015/by Barrett Evans

Microsoft helps military service members move into tech careers — even with other tech companies

Frank Brown, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class, recently joined Apple Inc. as an AppleCare team manager, and he gives Microsoft credit for getting him there.
September 23, 2015/by bpruitt

Understanding people, processes, leadership brings success at Microsoft

One thing Microsoft values among its employees who are former service members is their diversity of experience. Who better to exemplify that diversity than a Marine Corps veteran who went on to become an Army combat officer before starting his civilian career?
December 7, 2015/by Barrett Evans
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