About SkillBridge

The U.S. Defense Department’s SkillBridge program is a nationwide initiative that allows service members to find meaningful career opportunities after service. 

The U.S. Dept. of Defense estimates that roughly 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces leave active military service every year from more than 140 military installations in the U.S. and abroad. SkillBridge was created to smooth the path toward helping those transitioning service members land fulfilling careers in civilian life.

Recently, Iowa Workforce Development was approved to become a third-party administrator for the Defense Department’s SkillBridge program, making it easier for Iowa employers to offer the program and for transitioning service members to find opportunities in the state. 

Outside of its administrative responsibilities, IWD also plans to take part in SkillBridge as an employer and will be working with other state agencies to assist in their hiring of transitioning service members.

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Whether you're an employer looking to start the program or a transitioning service member, IWD is here to help.

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