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

Select a military branch code to view jobs

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.

Joe Wallis, senior military engagement manager for Military Affairs at Microsoft and a former Marine, knows firsthand how tough it can be to transition from military to civilian life.

Microsoft’s own ‘Golden Rolodex’ links service members with tech careers

Joe Wallis has a nickname: the Golden Rolodex. He’s earned it over years of recruiting for placement firms and employers, building an extensive network of former colleagues, fellow service members and business associates.
January 4, 2016/by bpruitt

Event: Transition Summit

Transition Summit


Connect with employers of every size and industry through discussions, receptions, workshops and a hiring fair.

Nov. 18
Fort Bragg


November 4, 2015/by bpruitt

Event: MSSA Achievement Ceremony

MSSA Achievement Ceremony


Congratulate the most recent graduates of the MSSA program at the spring Achievement Ceremony.

March 4, 2016
Camp Pendleton


January 8, 2016/by yjovian

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

Microsoft training helps a Green Beret become a service engineer

Adam Citterbart’s drive to protect his country and make the greatest use of his skills and talents led him to the U.S. Army Special Forces, better known as the Green Berets. When the time came to leave Special Forces and focus on protecting and providing for his family, Citterbart knew he’d need to do more than just find a job — he’d need to start a career. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) offered the training and mentorship that helped him land a job at Microsoft and come home to his wife and children.
August 31, 2015/by bpruitt

Marine sergeant keeps options open, lands at Microsoft

Former Marine Sgt. William Malone says the key to a successful transition out of the military is to begin planning early and keep your options open.
April 26, 2016/by John Haynsworth
Erik Downing, program manager for the Legal & Corporate Affairs group at Microsoft and MSSA mentor, says working with the MSSA students is energizing for him, personally and professionally.

Invested from the start: MSSA mentor volunteers more than 500 hours

When Erik Downing was first approached to develop materials for the budding Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), he saw it as a great way to share some of the knowledge he’d gained in his 15 years at Microsoft.
January 19, 2016/by bpruitt

Army captain finds path to civilian tech career through Xbox

It was Xbox that first caught Palmer Batt’s eye at a Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) military hiring fair in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Army captain was planning to transition to civilian life, and had come to the event expecting to see defense contractors and logistics businesses eager to recruit service members. But Xbox was a surprise.
April 13, 2016/by John Haynsworth

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

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

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 bpruitt

One step ahead: National guardsman now protects customers

It’s a wish expressed by many over the ages: If only I knew then what I know now. Except in Troy Davis’ case, he actually did. Just after his 17th birthday, Davis made an enlightened choice for someone in the middle of his junior year of high school: Seeking to jump-start his future career and his finances, he joined the National Guard.
October 12, 2015/by bpruitt
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