Helping the veteran and military community find meaningful opportunities in today’s digital economy.
Putting our veteran and military community to work
Microsoft Military Affairs works to inspire the veteran community to transform their lives through meaningful opportunities in today’s digital economy. At Microsoft, we’re passionate about the work our veteran community does, and we’ve taken a holistic approach to supporting them through their journey – from active duty to veterans, Reserves, and Guard. Microsoft’s veteran commitment takes many forms – from career training programs and hiring efforts to ongoing community and citizenship activities.
UPDATE (October 2020): Microsoft is committed to the safety and health of our students, staff members, partners, and community. In late March, we moved all MSSA program training to virtual instruction and we continue to monitor the guidance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to determine any necessary shifts to our programs.
Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) provides transitioning service members and veterans, including those with clearance, with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry.LEARN MORE
Jorge Cubero, MSSA Graduate
We Are the Mighty | How this Army veteran went from helicopter repair to the tech sectorJun 15, 2021
After graduating high school, Richard Lee wanted to join the military. As the American-born son of Korean parents, service to country was instilled in him from a very young age.
Accessibility, flexibility and more mileage from the GI Bill: Here’s what participants value most about MSSA’s all-virtual, tuition-free formatJun 1, 2021
Recently we conducted a survey of current students to understand how the virtual, tuition-free format is affecting their success in the program. Here are the top benefits we heard.
We Are the Mighty | Transitioning? Microsoft can help.May 18, 2021
Every year, an estimated 200,000 veterans leave the military for new civilian lives. For many of them, getting a job is the first and most important step. As they look to new civilian careers, many veterans find it challenging to directly apply the skills attained in service to their new civilian careers — making underemployment just as big a problem as unemployment.
MSSA fueled the determination of this Army soldier to land a rewarding yet flexible tech careerMay 4, 2021
A thriving success story can be found in Florabel Ituralde. When she was exploring a career change in preparation for her transition out of the Army, she discovered Microsoft Software and Systems Academy.
Deepening our investment in the military community: Why we’re fully funding Microsoft Software and Systems AcademyJan 27, 2021
It’s no small feat to start a new career. In a time of ongoing economic uncertainty and acute societal stressors, attempting to do so can feel downright daunting. For the nearly 200,000 service members who will transition out of the United States military this year, joining the civilian workforce presents a very real, intensified challenge.
MSSA graduates in action: Helpful tips for the job searchOct 27, 2020
Microsoft Military Affairs is committed to helping transitioning service members and veterans find new, meaningful careers, but right now the job market is as challenging as it has ever been.
To recruit and retain top talent, be sure your company is veteran-ready, not just veteran-friendlyOct 19, 2020
Nearly 200,000 military members transition out of service each year (according to the 2019 LinkedIn Veteran Opportunity Report), and their experiences make them a tremendous talent pool for corporate America. But hiring veterans is still viewed as “a box to check” by too many companies.
Why mentors are pillars of MSSA—and essential to helping students succeedJun 29, 2020
Mentorship has always been a pillar of MSSA because we know how important it is to take a holistic approach to supporting members of the military transitioning to the civilian workforce.
Microsoft Software and Systems Academy transitions to virtual instruction during COVID-19 outbreakMar 24, 2020
Microsoft is committed to the safety and health of our Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) students, staff members, partners and community.
Microsoft partners with numerous tech industry leaders to offer training, mentorship and employment opportunities.