Marines planning on joining the civilian workforce can take advantage of credentialing opportunities and employment training up to the last day of active duty. DoD SkillBridge and Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) are tools that enhance a Marine’s ability to securing meaningful employment with a higher starting salary.
The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences. MARADMIN 350/18
Marine Corps COOL provide Active Duty Marines, Veterans and Spouses a one stop resource to research and locate industry recognized certifications. Active Duty Enlisted Marines receive 100% funding for qualified certification testing up to six months prior to EAS/Retirement. MARADMIN 583/15
USMAP enhances employment opportunities by documenting military job skills and experience through the Department of Labor (DOL) registered apprenticeship program. Having a DOL Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship is a definite advantage in landing a civilian job at a higher starting salary. Employers know the value of apprenticeships.