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 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.

  • Opening doors for service members and the tech industry

    Microsoft has been steadily building the MSSA program over the past two years. Today, thanks to a growing commitment between the public and private sector, and the IT industry to hire strong talent right out of the military, Microsoft is announcing the expansion of MSSA from 3 to 9 regions, servicing 12 bases.

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  • Tales from the Old Glory trails

    The second annual Old Glory Relay, conducted by Team Red, White, and Blue (Team RWB) and presented by Microsoft, kicked off at sunrise on Sept. 11 in San Francisco. Follow along as Microsoft runners and volunteers share their experiences helping carry Old Glory across the nation.

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  • Gimme 20! — And support service members transitioning to civilian life

    Those of us with military experience are no strangers to “giving 20” — or 50, or 100 — but it’s not often we can give 20 to support a great cause.

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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.

After more than 20 years in the Army, Myers was startled to be called a “newb” during his first week at Microsoft.

MSSA training turns Army retiree into Microsoft dream-job “newb”

Microsoft’s vast workforce of programmers and engineers relies on the company’s IT infrastructure to create the software and services of the future. Travis Myers is in the thick of it — and he couldn’t be happier.
November 30, 2015/by bpruitt
Maj. Andrew DeBerry, Air Force reservist and senior program manager for emerging technologies at Microsoft, is a veteran of intelligence and special operations deployments who now focuses on virtual and augmented reality, smart systems, and HoloLens.

Air Force vet sees disruptive tech as key to changing the world

Organizing hackathons in innovation hubs and dev shops; advising ministers of education on their strategy and policies; helping to connect cybersecurity startups with venture capital — it’s all just another day’s work for Andrew DeBerry.
February 23, 2016/by John Haynsworth

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

Being all she can be, in the Army and now at Microsoft

Serena Branch’s decision to join the Army after graduating from high school was clinched by five simple words: “Be all you can be.”
March 29, 2016/by John Haynsworth
Kathleen Voelbel, an Air Force Reserve officer and an IT solution manager at Microsoft, never shies away from a challenge — including balancing two careers at the same time.

Microsoft program manager and Air Force reservist forges two career paths

In the tech world, ambitious people often face a tough career choice: Dive deeply into a specialized technical role or focus on leading teams toward big-picture goals. Kathleen Voelbel chose both.
March 2, 2016/by John Haynsworth

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 bpruitt

Four generations of military service lends perspective to civilian career at Microsoft

Ask most veterans about how the service prepared them for a civilian career and the answer invariably involves values — the military ethic of discipline, integrity and the mindset to accomplish the mission that remains with vets for the rest of their lives.
August 24, 2015/by bpruitt

Sonic boom: Navy pilot’s Microsoft marketing career takes off

Transitioning from the military can be challenging for anyone, but some people need to make a tighter turn than others — just ask Lt. Commander Kevin Tritch, a Navy F-18 pilot who went to the famous Top Gun school in Fallon, Nevada, and served four tours overseas.
October 28, 2015/by bpruitt

Andreae Pohlman: Serving her country, serving her customers

Like a lot of veterans, Andreae Pohlman joined the military right out of high school. The Air Force was her first job, her first on-the-job training — and it started her on a path that led to the career she has today at Microsoft.
October 21, 2015/by bpruitt

Two-star admiral says the key to a successful transition is networking

If there’s one thing 38 years in the Navy can teach you, according to Mark Heinrich, it’s that service members have had many diverse experiences they can draw from when entering the civilian world.
March 8, 2016/by bpruitt

MSSA grad begins post-military career at Amazon Web Services

When Sgt. 1st Class Robert Beare decided that after more than 20 years it was time to leave the Army, he knew he needed a plan.
March 15, 2016/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 bpruitt
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