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How Service Members Can Upskill for a Digital Career

What We Look for When Hiring

The most common things we look for when hiring for digital jobs are:

  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Java or C++
  • Cloud computing or modern software certification(s) such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Developer Certificate and Microsoft Azure Cloud Certification
  • A current security clearance or the ability to obtain a security clearance

Our Proven Training Partners

To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of proven training partners that provide quality digital training to service members and veterans—many at no cost to you. Browse the list below to find a training provider that can equip you with the skills you’ll need to build on your military experience and start your digital career.

Trusted Training Provider

Top Skills Gained

How to Sign Up

Key Notes for Service Members Preparing to Leave the Military

freeCodeCamp

JavaScript, Python

Go to freeCodeCamp

 

Enroll in courses for in-demand programming languages offered free of charge by this nonprofit.

VetsinTech Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

Enroll for free through VetsinTech

Take free, self-paced online course via Coursera that require, on average, 4 hours per week for 5 months to complete

VetsinTech AWS Security Learning Path

Six AWS certifications including AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

View cohort dates and register

Sign up for free 3-month self-paced online courses; application and commitment interview required.

Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) Cloud Application Development

Azure application development, C# application programming, and database programming

Learn more and apply at Microsoft Software and Systems Academy

Full time 17-week training program offered as a SkillBridge program to transitioning service members at no cost. Also offered to guardsmen, reservists, and veterans. Vouchers available for Azure Cloud certification.

Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) Server and Cloud Administration

Azure administration, cloud models, and Windows Server workloads

Learn more and apply at Microsoft Software and Systems Academy

Full time 17-week training program offered as a SkillBridge program to transitioning service members at no cost. Also offered to guardsmen, reservists, and veterans. Vouchers available for Azure Cloud certification.

Booz Allen Tech Excellence Cloud Engineering Program

AWS Cloud, DevOps best practices

Learn more at BoozAllen Careers

Get recruited into this in-house training program by telling your Booz Allen recruiter that you’re interested in participating.

Booz Allen Tech Excellence Software Development Program

Java, Docker, Kubernetes, Spring Boot and Spring Data

Learn more at BoozAllen Careers

Get recruited into this in-house training program by telling your Booz Allen recruiter that you’re interested in participating.

Google UX Design Certificate

UX research, design, and testing concepts and responsive web design

Enroll today on Coursera

Complete this self-paced program at any time prior to or after your date of separation.

SkillBridge Programs

For digital careers, having hands-on experience in the digital field of your choice is invaluable. We encourage service members to consider participating in a DoD SkillBridge program prior to their date of separation. While there are hundreds of DoD SkillBridge organizations, we currently partner with two that match service members to employers that offer fellowships: Hiring Our Heroes and Hire Vets Now.

Fellowships offer valuable professional experience as well as the time and space to upskill before you transition out of the military. At Booz Allen, we’ve created a digital training track in Udemy to help our fellows gain a basic understanding of software engineering and development including a beginner’s guide to C++ and Java. If you’re just getting started with computer programming, be sure to let your fellowship coordinator know you want to use this experience to upskill.

Recommended SkillBridge Partner

How to Participate

Key Notes for Service Members Preparing to Leave the Military

Hiring Our Heroes Fellowship Program

Apply at Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes has three cohort opportunities per year.

Hire Vets Now Fellowship Program

Apply at Hire Vets Now

 

Hire Vets Now offers fellowship opportunities on a rolling basis.

Meet Two Veterans Who Upskilled into Digital Roles at Booz Allen

Odell Hodges, Junior Software Developer

Ever motivated by the next challenge, Odell Hodges joined the Marine Corps as a supply chain management specialist, a role that taught him about the complex systems undergirding the Corps’ equipment, suppliers, facilities, and logistics. Not long before his time in the service ended, he saw a promotion for Microsoft’s Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) and something clicked. Upon separation, he bought a one-way ticket to San Antonio to study cloud applications and development at MSSA. He then joined Booz Allen’s Tech Excellence Modern Software Developer course before immediately jumping into his next challenge—pursuing a certification in AWS cloud.

Odell’s path

Supply chain knowledge from military + MSSA Cloud Application Development Course + Booz Allen’s Tech Excellence Modern Software Developer Course + AWS Cloud certification

John Lavelle, Software Engineer

As a cryptologic technician in the Navy, John attended A School to learn the basics of circuit boards, IT networks, and computer hardware. His studies sparked a desire to learn more, so he used YouTube and Udemy to learn things that weren’t taught in the classroom before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in statistics and systems engineering. Now a software engineer with Booz Allen, John combines his knowledge of statistics and AWS to design and implement solutions that reduce costs and help people use cloud services more efficiently. He recently obtained a Security+ certification through Booz Allen.

John’s path

Basic tech skills from A School + YouTube and Udemy self-study + bachelor’s degree in statistics and systems engineering + Security+ certification

“Reskilling was by far the best choice I’ve ever made in my life. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh start. It’s worth it!”

 

Chart your own path to a purposeful and future-focused career in digital solutions.