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Old 09-04-2019, 11:34 AM   #1  
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Default DoD SkillBridge and Career Skills Program

https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/index.htm

https://www.afpc.af.mil/Separation/CSP/

Anyone have any experience/success utilizing the DoD SkillBridge program for getting advanced pilot ratings (Instrument, Commercial, CFI, ATP, etc) as well as working as a CFI or some other commercial effort to build hours towards ATP minimums? I'm just getting started with the retirement process (TAP next week).

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Old 09-13-2019, 08:31 AM   #2  
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https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/index.htm

https://www.afpc.af.mil/Separation/CSP/

Anyone have any experience/success utilizing the DoD SkillBridge program for getting advanced pilot ratings (Instrument, Commercial, CFI, ATP, etc) as well as working as a CFI or some other commercial effort to build hours towards ATP minimums? I'm just getting started with the retirement process (TAP next week).

Thanks,

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I bleed blue, but officially retired from the Army, so it is redundant to say my process was much more difficult!

I searched my old emails/data to find my SkillBridge information but came up empty. During my TAP experience, several local companies briefed opportunities available in the area which were well established and easily approved. However, I attempted something along the lines of your question instead. Per my local TAP office, I had to provide a program outline for the specific request I was trying to create. I was able to get a tentative outline approved by the TAP office and the airline, but was never able to get the chosen flight school on board with approving the document for final submission. Unfortunately I was limited to a specific flight school due to the relationship with the company I received a CJO from.

Your local office should be able to provide you with the necessary requirements to establish your own program. I think my option was limited to 90-120 days, so this may limit your ability to train and then instruct. There may also be limitations to "working" rather than an unpaid "internship."
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Old 09-13-2019, 03:36 PM   #3  
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Thanks for the reply.. my commander is on board, and I know a local flight school has accepted some RTAG folks thru the skillbridge, so there is hope.. I plan on getting my CFI/II using VA benefits, then try to intern as an instructor as part of the skillbridge. I'll update as I have new info, as I imagine I'm not the only one wanting to do this.
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