Microsoft Offers Training: Active Duty Military and Honorable Discharge Service Members

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Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)

Transform your love for computers and technology into your next career. Microsoft provides transitioning service members and veterans of the U.S. military the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to meet the IT industry’s high demand for cloud developers, cloud administrators, and database and business intelligence administrators. Upon successful completion of the program, participants gain an interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of our participating partners. Microsoft is the first IT industry business to provide formal training for service members before their separation date.


mssa requirements Strong interest in an IT career.

mssa military badge icon Command authorization and current honorable service status.

mssa required documents Applicants should work with their Base Education Center and Transition Center to submit the following documents or proofs of status:

  • Copy of your service record for Education Center
  • Resume
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Successful completion of high school algebra
  • Gain a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification

 Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the academic institution administering the course.

mssa process icon MSSA is open to both current service members with a scheduled discharge date and to honorably discharged service members. All candidates must attend an MSSA Information Session at their Base Education Center and complete a screening interview with an education counselor.

mssa process  Active duty service members must:

  • Secure command approval to participate
  • Complete and sign an MOA and return it to the education office
  • Submit a resume, proof of honorable service status, proof of math requirements and financial aid applications (program voucher, GI Bill or FAFSA)
  • Begin thinking about your specific IT career path by reviewing Microsoft Virtual Academy training options (see Preparation section below).
  • Gain a MTA certification

mssa icon  Discharged service members must:

  • Submit a resume, DD-214 proof of honorable discharge, criminal background check, high school diploma or GED, proof of math requirements, and financial aid applications (program voucher, GI Bill or FAFSA)
  • Begin thinking about your specific IT career path by reviewing Microsoft Virtual Academy training options (see Preparation section below).
  • Gain a MTA certification

more information  Click the link below to be directed to Microsoft Military Training page to learn more. MSSA Training :

  • To learn more about MSSA or apply for the program, please contact your Base Education Center.
  • If you are not located at a base where MSSA is currently provided, please ask your Education Counselor or Transition Center representative to connect you to the Regional Career Skills Program Manager for options.
  • For more information, contact the MSSA Operations team at


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