R 171359Z SEP 15
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/SKILLBRIDGE EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/SEP//
NARR/REF A IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1322.29, JOB TRAINING,
EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING, APPRENTICESHIPS, AND INTERNSHIPS (JTEST-IA) FOR
ELIGIBLE SERVICE MEMBERS. REF B IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
MEMORANDUM, IMPLEMENTATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR SECTION 1143(E) OF TITLE 10,
UNITED STATES CODE. REF C IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM,
DIRECTIVE-TYPE MEMORANDUM (DTM) 12-007, IMPLEMENTATION OF MANDATORY
TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION FOR ELIGIBLE SERVICE MEMBERS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN serves as interim policy guidance and provides
specific information and eligibility requirements for participation in the
Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge Voluntary Employment Skills Training
Program. References (a) through (c) provide authority for the Navy to
implement employment skills training and transition assistance programs.
2. The DoD SkillBridge initiative connects civilian businesses and companies
with available training or internship opportunities that offer a high
probability of employment with Sailors who are separating; these services are
to be provided at little or no cost to the Sailor. Those who meet certain
qualifications, with command approval, can participate in civilian job and
employment skills training, including apprenticeships and internships, up to
six months prior to separation.
3. Companies with training opportunities are vetted by the DoD and can be
found on the SkillBridge web portal located at www.dodskillbridge.com. To
access the SkillBridge application, you must first have an established
4. Eligibility. To participate in the DoD SkillBridge employment skills
training program, Sailors must:
a. Have completed at least 180 days on active duty and are expected to
be discharged from active duty with an Honorable discharge, including General
discharge (under Honorable conditions), within 180 days of the date of
commencement of participation in such program;
b. Be separating from the Navy and have sufficient time remaining under
their contract to complete the program prior to established separation date.
The intent of the program is for Sailors to complete the training while they
are still on active duty. If a program extends past enlistment and is being
conducted off-base, approval may be granted on a case by case basis;
c. Have successfully passed their most recent physical fitness
d. Be recommended for advancement or promotion and retention on most
recent evaluation or fitness report;
e. Have completed their Transition Goals, Plans and Success
f. Have attended an ethics brief or completed a DoD approved ethics
training presentation within the last 12 months from the start date of the
skills training program; and
g. Have not previously completed, currently participating in, or had
participation terminated from an employment skills training program.
5. Extensions of obligated service to complete any training program are not
6. Approval authority and accountability.
a. Commanding officers (CO) and officers in charge with non-judicial
punishment authority maintain final approval. Participation in this program
is at the COs discretion depending on the unit mission and specific
operational circumstances. Sailors authorized to participate in this program
will remain permanently assigned to the command and a relief will not be
provided until their end of active obligated service.
b. Sailors will remain the responsibility of the parent command for
administrative and leave purposes.
c. Sailors who are serving under obligation for a special or incentive
(S&I) pay (e.g., special duty assignment pay (SDAP), assignment incentive pay
(AIP), special duty incentive pay (SDIP), and selective reenlistment bonus),
are subject to the guidance in the applicable S&I pay instruction regarding
pay, eligibility, and recoupment.
(1) SDAP: Current guidance (OPNAVINST 1160.6B, Special Duty
Assignment Pay (SDAP) Program, in accordance with Department of Defense,
Financial Management Regulation (FMR), Volume 7A, Chapter 8) allows an SDAP-
eligible Sailor to continue receiving SDAP for up to 90 days while temporary
duty or temporary active duty (TAD) away from the special duty assignment and
not performing duties requiring use of skills on which pay is based. Any
SDAP paid beyond the 90th day will be subject to recoupment.
(2) AIP: Current guidance (Product Data Management 003-06 and DoDI
1340.26, Assignment Incentive Pay (AIP)) allows a Sailor to continue
receiving AIP while TAD, pursuant to orders.
(3) SDIP: Current guidance (PDM 008-13 in accordance with DoD FMR
Vol 7A, Ch 15, Department of Defense, Financial Management Regulation, (FMR),
Volume 7A, Chapter 15) states the service of a member serving under an SDIP
contract will be considered continuous during any period of temporary duty
pursuant to orders. The member will not be subject to recoupment for such
(4) It is the responsibility of the CO to consider the impact of
such pays when approving any SkillBridge request.
(5) This list is not all-inclusive; it is the responsibility of the
requesting member to review instructions for any special or incentive pays
they are receiving to determine whether recoupment of such pays will be
necessary. The S&I instructions are subject to change.
7. Participation in such programs is considered official duty. Sailors are
authorized to participate in such programs during normal working days and
8. Sailors participating in the program away from and outside the vicinity
of their permanent duty station will be accounted for in a permissive
temporary duty status. This is in addition to any other permissive TAD they
may be authorized incident to separation. The limit of 30 days for
permissive TAD does not apply for the purpose of participating in this
program. Local approval authorities may approve permissive TAD in excess of
30 days for this program.
9. Sailors will be in a duty-free status while participating in this program
regardless of whether the program is local or outside the vicinity of their
10. The approval authority may terminate the participation of a Sailor in a
program for reasons of military necessity and/or unsatisfactory
participation. Upon notification that their participation is terminated, the
Sailor must immediately withdraw from the program and report back to their
11. Per reference (a), Sailors may participate in an employment skills
training program conducted by a military service other than the Navy, unless
work load or other unusual circumstances dictate. Participation is limited
to one program. Reasonable effort will be made to accommodate eligible
service members from other military services in SkillBridge programs
conducted pursuant to this NAVADMIN, using similar eligibility criteria as
provided in paragraph 4 above.
12. Use of travel funds to participate in the program is not authorized.
13. Point of contacts are Mr. Tom Albert, N170, at (901) 874-4254/DSN 882,
or via e-mail at tom.albert(at)navy.mil, and Mr. Perry Christiansen, N170, at
(901) 874-4372/DSN 882 or via e-mail at perry.christiansen(at)navy.mil.
14. This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
15. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//