DoD SkillBridge

Are you an active duty service member within 18 months of separating or retiring?

Under the framework of the Department of Defense SkillBridge Program, BufferSprings hosts active duty US military members for skilled employment training for up to the final 6 months of active duty obligated service.

Receive real-world job experience, training, and skills to get a head start on your transition from military service to civilian employment while still earning full pay and allowances from your military service.

Make connections with people in your industry, earn valuable certifications, and stay up to date with the latest trends and technologies in your local community.

Our SkillBridge Programs

For Transitioning Service Members

BufferSprings Training Paths

Foundations is the core of the BufferSprings program. All BufferSprings participants start with this phase and are introduced to the online Learning Management System (LMS) where they will complete courses that complement their hands-on SkillBridge experience. This training coupled with the Focused path ensures there are no gaps in foundational knowledge and highlights common areas of personal development that many find key to preparing for the culture shift of the civilian workforce.

Components of the BufferSprings Focused Path

Focused is BufferSprings' specialized training path aligning with the participant’s SkillBridge industry or career field. The bulk of the Focused experience incorporates hands-on job shadowing/internship and specialized projects with the employer host. Each training path is customized to the participant’s SkillBridge career goals to maximize their overall experience. Courses will be completed in the same LMS used during Foundations and may also include access to additional online programs. Some examples of Focused training paths include but are not limited to:

Project/Program Management

Digital Marketing

Human Resources

Sales & Business Development

Military Talent Program Management

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Management

BufferSprings Transition Preparation

No matter the path a participant completes, every BufferSprings experience includes ongoing career support and transition preparation in our online community. Participants will prepare to formally transition into their chosen post-military role. In addition to the training, certifications, and experience earned during their BufferSprings tenure, participants receive customized resume advice and LinkedIn profile training.

Components include:

1-on-1 career preparation support

Group/virtual networking experiences

Individual mentorship through organizations

Informational Interview guidance

Position-specific resume feedback and support

Program Location:

This is a customized experience based on your goals and desired outcomes for SkillBridge and post-military employment. Most opportunities are remote/WFH and may also involve on-site work with your employer host, in a location aligned with your needs.

Program Duration:

8-24 weeks


Open to all qualified transitioning active duty US service members, both officer and enlisted, of any rank and any branch.

Must have 180 days of active duty service remaining prior to date of separation and have obtained approval or be in the approval process from unit/command.

Note: As published in Department of Defense Instruction 1322.29 and as outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor's Fact Sheet #71 of January 2018, Servicemembers participating in a SkillBridge program are participating in a capstone training experience at the end of the military career and are NOT eligible for wages or other benefits from industry partners since the program is supported by the Department of Defense which will continue to cover the salaries and benefits of the participating members.

BufferSprings is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class.

For Employer Partners

Tap Into Our Skillbridge Talent

The Department of Defense experiences attrition just like the rest of us. Each year nearly 200,000 servicemembers decide to hang up their uniform and take their skills and talent into the civilian job market. With the BufferSprings SkillBridge Program, their loss becomes your gain.

We hand-select top performers transitioning from the military ranks and provide them with the training and tools necessary to successfully reintegrate into civilian life. Our SkillBridge candidates exit our program with a clear outlook on where they fit into the civilian world and what their ideal role and environment look like in this first post-military career move. We take the time to build deep relationships with both our SkillBridgers and the Employers that we partner with and use that knowledge and understanding to match the absolute best jobs with the best people.

Build Your Own SkillBridge Program

We have been studying the ins and outs of the DoD Skillbridge Program since it started as a pilot in 2011. If you have ever tried leveraging a government-funded program, you know how much red tape and bureaucracy you need to cut through. Our experts have robust subject matter expertise and can help you build your very own SkillBridge Program within your organization. We have created several accredited programs from scratch for smart companies and can do the same for yours.