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.

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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.

Military and work life taught Wyatt Cutler that “it’s not about you. It’s about helping each other be successful.”

Learning to lead: Microsoft director’s success started in the Army

Wyatt Cutler has always been a leader. Whether it was on sports teams, as a major in the Army or in his current role as director of talent management at…
April 4, 2016/by John Haynsworth

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…
April 13, 2016/by John Haynsworth

Helicopter mechanic swaps wrenches for software development tools

MSSA helped Marine Ronald Klemz channel his appetite for learning and start his new career as a software developer.
December 12, 2016/by Mason Cheung
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…
January 4, 2016/by Brianne

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Inaugural MSSA Cohort Start Date

Apr 25, 2017

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy opens its doors in Jacksonville, serving the community near Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport.

Apr 25, 2017
Jacksonville

His position as Army cavalry scout — a highly stressful position — helped prepare Lang for his role as a senior analyst at Dell.

Cavalry scout uses intel-gathering skills in Dell tech support

MSSA Fort Hood graduate applies military and MSSA training to help resolve customer issues and work well with company executives and engineers at Dell.
November 3, 2016/by John Haynsworth

In their own voice: Up to the challenge

I used to be a turboshaft engine test cell operator in the U.S. Marine Corps and now I’m a software engineer for the Universal Store Team at Microsoft.
September 6, 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…
January 19, 2016/by Brianne

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Inaugural MSSA Cohort Start Date

Apr 1, 2017

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy opens its doors in San Diego, serving the community near Naval Station San Diego, Naval Air Station North Island and Marine Corps Air Station…

Apr 1, 2017
San Diego

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
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