Feb. 2, 2022 —
Flag Voice #570 - CG Participation in DoD SkillBridge Program
Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the promulgation of the SkillBridge Program instruction for the Coast Guard, which provides the authorization and guidance for eligible separating Coast Guard personnel to participate in the DoD SkillBridge work experience program. SkillBridge is an initiative that connects participating members with civilian businesses and companies that provide training or internships to increase opportunities for employment after separation. Simply put, SkillBridge facilitates job access in the civilian sector upon transition from military service. Qualified members may participate in SkillBridge programs up to six months (180 days) prior to separation.
Below are a few highlights about the program for consideration:
1.SkillBridge is not a mandatory program - only the Transition Assistance Program is mandatory for separating members. However, SkillBridge provides an additional option to facilitate employment opportunities for transitioning service members.
2.Commanders, Commanding Officers, and Officers in Charge retain the authority to grant members permission to join the SkillBridge program. Since personnel backfills are not available, permission should only be granted if the absence of the member results in minimal impact to unit readiness; SkillBridge is not an entitlement.
3.Participating members will be provided permissive TAD orders. Monetary entitlements or travel are not authorized.
Your leadership and stewardship of unit readiness are vital to the successful implementation of SkillBridge. Program details and processes by which Coast Guard members may participate can be found in the new COMDTINST 1040.7, Transition of Service Members with Job Training Opportunities and Employment Skills under the DoD SkillBridge Voluntary Employment Skills Training Program. My point of contact is Mr. Rodney Whaley (Rodney.B.Whaley@uscg.mil), Transition / Relocation Program Manager.
Eric C. Jones
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources