Empowering the military community with tech
Your path from military service to a career in IT
As a veteran, you have the core skills to succeed anywhere.
Shifting from military to civilian life is challenging. Your service has already instilled the skills and experience you need to build a rewarding career in tech.
Empowering the military community with tech
How do you like to learn?
Ad hoc? On a team? Whether you want to explore, master, or get certified in industry-relevant IT skills, Microsoft’s learning ecosystem supports military members in all stages of learning and levels of commitment.
At all chapters of your military career—
—the technical training to enable your career journey is at your fingertips.
Skilled up and ready to interview?
Develop cutting edge tech skills as part of your active duty training
Teams across Microsoft are eager to bring active duty fellows and interns onboard for temporary assignments. As fellows, service members develop skills in alignment with the interests and requirements of their command.
Microsoft hosts active duty fellows from all branches of service
Fellows gain career enhancing experience while working in an industry environment, and develop skills and expertise that enables their organization to accomplish its goals. Microsoft benefits from engagement with many fellowship programs:
–Training With Industry (TWI)
–Education With Industry (EWI)
–Defense Intelligence Agency
Cadet midshipmen are oftentimes cybersecurity or computer science majors who spend their internship learning about Microsoft technologies that can be applied to a capstone project for their university studies. Internships last from weeks to months based on specific program requirements.
Microsoft Military Affairs serves as POC for military academy internships, as well as Department of Defense (DoD) interns. To learn more about student internships at Microsoft, reach out to your academy or department’s career coordinator.
Transition from active duty to a dynamic career in IT
Leaving the military is more than a career change—it’s a life transition. Skills honed in military service translate directly to IT. Our transition programs are designed to help transitioning service members bridge the gap from their service careers to a career in tech.
Transition to tech through SkillBridge or CSP
DOD-approved programs offer career development to service members preparing to transition from active duty to life as a civilian. Microsoft is proud to support transitioning service members in their career goals.
Learn about SkillBridge as a career enablement tool for transitioning service members, and the opportunities available to you at Microsoft by speaking with your SkillBridge or CSP Coordinator or installation’s transition center.
Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA)
MSSA provides transitioning service members, Guard, Reserves and veterans—including those with clearance—with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry. Our 17-week program provides training for high-demand careers in cybersecurity operations, cloud development, or cloud administration. Program graduates have an opportunity to interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of our hiring partners. MSSA is a DOD-approved SkillBridge program. Our program credentials can be found by searching “MSSA” on the DoD website
Level up with us
The skills taught in MSSA are aligned to tech’s most in-demand careers.
Be part of a team defending IT infrastructures against malicious cyberattacks. Protect and defend on-premises and in cloud infrastructures.
Become a systems administrator who can install, configure, manage and advance the usage of IT resources.
Become a C# programmer and build local, server-based, and cloud-stored applications.
Access industry-recognized virtual tech training—around the globe.
Digital training you can keep in your pocket
Start your journey by exploring new technologies, learning paths, modules, and certifications from the Microsoft learning ecosystem.
Explore topics in IT with free virtual learning
Considering tech as a career option? Want to understand what IoT is and why you keep hearing about it? Make yourself comfortable in our digital learning library, where you can get introduced to new topics with approachable learning tools.
Get your feet wet (or deep dive!) in virtual trainings covering current skills and technologies in IT—available at no cost from MS Learn.
Tune in to our hub for technical shows and live events, which you can watch unlimited, anytime, anywhere.
Search for in-depth articles on Microsoft developer tools and technologies.
Deepen your technical skills on guided virtual learning paths
Explore a topic in-depth through guided paths or learn how to accomplish a specific task through individual modules. Browse all learning options on MS Learn
LinkedIn Learning has training resources—and certifications—on many technical and business topics. Anyone with a premium LinkedIn subscription can access them.
*Transitioning veterans are eligible for 1 year of LinkedIn Premium at no cost. Register to take advantage of learning and certification opportunities.
Add to your skills portfolio with Microsoft certifications
Dive into an apprenticeship
Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to deepen technical skills with structured on-the-job training. Learn about apprenticeships at Microsoft that appeal to military talent and career switchers seeking to grow in IT.
Microsoft LEAP’s mission is to recruit, develop, and upskill unconventional talent for employability into the technology industry worldwide. Microsoft Leap offers an immersive 16-week experience for those who have a base foundation of technical training.
Microsoft Sales Academy
Microsoft Sales Academy (MSA) is a 6-month technical sales apprenticeship geared to nontraditional IT talent. No tech experience, no problem—MSA provides the training to sell cutting-edge Microsoft technology to corporate, federal, and global enterprise.
Career and professional development skills
Ready to interview?
Exciting roles are available in engineering, services, project management, and more. To learn more, visit our Microsoft Careers page.
Browse opportunities for software engineers and developers with an active SSBI.
Cleared and non-cleared roles are open now.
Are you a current student or recent grad? Microsoft welcomes professionals at all stages of their education.