Helping the military community find opportunities in today’s digital economy.
Military training is career training
Skilling veteran talent for the IT frontier
Veterans and transitioning service members bring deep experience to the table. Our mission is to enable the military community to develop foundational tech skills to get their start — and then build on their core skills in a rewarding career in tech.
Veterans have cultivated career skills that transfer to all dimensions of the tech sector.
We erected Microsoft Military Affairs in 2012 to bridge the IT talent gap and underemployment in a highly skilled but underutilized population — the military community.
3 in 5 veterans are underemployed. Microsoft and our dedicated partners are changing that.
We solve for the IT skills gap by getting veteran talent tech-ready.
Our mission is to provide transitioning service members and veterans with the technical and career-navigation skills to build from their enormous skillset in today’s growing technology industry.
2 in 3MSSA graduates rank mentorship as a program highlight
617Microsoft employees mentor veteran hires
1kcompanies have hired MSSA graduates
3,517MSSA program graduates
95%graduation rate from MSSA
92%MSSA graduates are employed in tech
8years of active duty service (average for incoming MSSA participants)
96%graduates are employed or are pursuing further education as a result of MSSA
>90%graduates have an active security clearance
2013graduation year of our pilot cohort (December, Joint Base Lewis-McChord)
Providing a path forward for U.S. military service members
Microsoft’s technical training resources are at your disposal
Learn IT, anywhere
Whether you are deployed, active duty, transitioning to civilian life, or a veteran — the technical training to enable your career journey is at your fingertips.
Learn new skills and discover the power of Microsoft products with step-by-step guidance, or jump-start your career by demonstrating your achievements through earning industry-recognized Microsoft certifications. Start your journey today by exploring learning paths, modules, and certifications from the Microsoft learning ecosystem.
Join our community
Community is integral to what we do and offer at Military Affairs. Our team of learners, instructors, mentors, coaches, and colleagues are passionate about the network we’ve built — and where we’re headed.
Colleagues-turned-mentors helped me adjust to the workplace and now I’m thriving up the ladder.
Nargiza — USMC, software engineer
If you’re hesitant about pivoting into IT from the military, don’t be afraid. Remember all that you’ve overcome so far.
Johnny — USMC, security technical program manager
I’ve grown more as a professional from the relationships I’ve made than I could have imagined.
Desi — USCG, software engineer
It feels amazing to work for an organization that celebrates my service career and invests in my professional development.
Dhananjay — USA, software engineering manager
Transforming lives through meaningful opportunities
We’re passionate about the impact that the military community has at Microsoft and within our partner network. We’ve taken a holistic approach to supporting veterans through career transition and skilling them for meaningful careers in the IT sector.
MSSA — now in new time zones
In 2022, MSSA ventured into new territory — AsiaPacific. We have since opened the [virtual] doors to MSSA-Europe, where US service members can develop technical skills in international cohorts.
We partner with other leading institutions and veteran organizations to holistically support the military community in their career transition.
Microsoft partners with numerous tech industry leaders to offer training, mentorship and employment opportunities.
Not sure how to make your organization veteran ready?
Once you’ve made the smart choice to conscientiously bring veterans into your organization, what can you do to be veteran-ready — and best able to facilitate your new hire’s military-grade skills at their highest capacity?
To help foster diversity and inclusion, Microsoft has a rich community of ERGs and Employee Networks. The Military ERG — which includes those actively serving, reservists, and National Guard — was created to provide a support and networking opportunity for employees who have served or are currently serving in the military, an avenue to support and honor military service, and a community to support Microsoft’s outreach, recruitment, career development and retention efforts in the military and veteran communities.
Products and discounts
Current and former service members can get a wide range of Microsoft products free or at a discount.