Train. Transition. Tech.

The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is a ground-breaking program that builds upon the talent and experience of military veterans to help meet our nation’s critical need for IT professionals. MSSA is designed for active duty service members who are transitioning from the military to the civilian sector. The program provides specialized training, tailored for service members, for a seamless transition.

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JBLM, WA
Fort Hood, TX
Camp Pendleton, CA

About MSSA

The MSSA program is expanding from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State to Fort Hood, Texas and Camp Pendleton, Southern California.

The program is a full-time, 16-week training course. Participants are assigned to MSSA as their place of duty for the duration of the 16-weeks. MSSA partners with local universities and MS Learning to provide excellent education and practical application. In addition to taking course classes, students receive mentoring and interview/resume prep. Upon successful completion of the program, service members are given the opportunity to interview with Microsoft and other partner companies. Coursework is covered under DOD’s Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits and/or the GI Bill.

Application Requirements
  • Active duty status with a Separation/Retirement date one month either side of the class end date. Service members can request an extension if ETS falls at the beginning or middle of course.
  • Command authorization to participate
  • Copy of service record
  • Current honorable service status
  • High school diploma or GED
  • ASVAB Scores: MM 100 or higher/GT 100 or higher are desired (Army only)
  • ASVAB Composite General Score of 50 or higher, Mechanical Score of 40 or higher; Electrical
  • Score of 28 or higher (Air Force only)
Preferred
  • Strong math skills
  • Computer skills
  • Experience or interest in software or application development

JBLM, WA

As the site for the pilot program for MSSA, Joint-Base Lewis McChord pioneered the path for future cohorts around the country. Joint Base Lewis-McChord partners with St. Martin’s University, the Army Continuing Education System and Launch Consulting to ensure a smooth and exceptional training experience.

St. Martin’s University is a Microsoft Certified Training Partner and a member of the Microsoft IT academy. Launch Consulting is a veteran-owned company and preferred Microsoft Supplier. To learn more about these organizations, please click on the links to the right.

JBLM Cohort #3 will begin accepting applications in Spring 2014. To be notified when the application period begins, please send an e-mail to the contact given below.

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Click here to apply online
Important Dates
  • Applications now being accepted
  • JBLM Cohort #3
  • Start Date: August 11, 2014
  • End Date: December 5, 2014
Contact
  • Army Continuing Education System
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
  • 253-967-7295 x7174 | DSN 357-7295 (Stone Education Center)
  • 253-477-4746 | DSN 677-4746 (Hawk Education Center)
  • mssa@launchcg.com

FORT HOOD, TEXAS

Fort Hood is the next location for the innovative MSSA program, beginning in March 2014. MSSA is a full-time, 16 week course. Participants are assigned to MSSA as their place of duty for the duration of the course.

Fort Hood Army Education Services partners with Central Texas College and Launch Consulting to ensure a smooth and exceptional training experience. Central Texas College is an accredited college and a member of the Microsoft IT Academy. Launch Consulting is a veteran-owned company and preferred Microsoft Supplier. To learn more about these organizations, please click on the links to the right.

Fort Hood Cohort #2 is accepting applications now.

APPLY NOW
Click here to apply online
Required for Application
  • Active duty status with a Separation/Retirement date at least one month after the class end date.
  • Command authorization to participate
  • Copy of service record
  • Current honorable service status
  • Resume
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of High School Algebra and/or a CLEP/Compass Algebra score of 31 or higher
  • ASVAB Scores: MM 100 or higher/GT 100 or higher are desired (Army only)
  • ASVAB Composite General Score of 50 or higher, Mechanical Score of 40 or higher; Electrical
  • Score of 28 or higher (Air Force only)
  • For prep work visit: MS Virtual Academy

Important Dates
  • Applications now being accepted for Cohort #2
  • Cohort #1 is full!
  • Start Date: April 7, 2014
  • End Date: July 31, 2014
Contact

mssa@launchcg.com

CAMP PENDLETON, CA

Camp Pendleton is the newest location for the innovative MSSA program, beginning late March 2014. MSSA is a full-time, 16 week course. Participants are assigned to MSSA as their place of duty for the duration of the course.

Camp Pendleton Transition Assistance partners with Central Texas College and Launch Consulting to ensure a smooth and exceptional training experience. Central Texas College is an accredited college and a member of the Microsoft IT Academy. Launch Consulting is a veteran-owned company and preferred Microsoft Supplier. To learn more about these organizations, please click on the links to the right.

Camp Pendleton Cohort #1 is accepting applications now.

APPLY NOW
Click here to apply online
Required for Application
  • Active duty status with a Separation/Retirement date at least one month after the class end date.
  • Command authorization to participate
  • Copy of service record
  • Current honorable service status
  • Resume
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of High School Algebra and/or a CLEP/Compass Algebra score of 31 or higher
  • ASVAB Scores: MM 100 or higher/GT 100 or higher are desired (Army only)
  • ASVAB Composite General Score of 50 or higher, Mechanical Score of 40 or higher; Electrical
  • Score of 28 or higher (Air Force only)
  • For prep work visit: MS Virtual Academy

Important Dates
  • Applications now being accepted
  • Cohort #1
  • Start Date: May 19, 2014
  • End Date: September 9, 2014
  • Course prep work: On your own -- see MS Virtual Academy link on the right
Contact

mssa@launchcg.com

Success Stories

Stories from MSSA trailblazers.

"One of my fondest memories of the military is how it provided me with opportunities to better myself. The Software & Systems Academy is evidence of that. This program offered me and my family a true plan on which direction our lives would go after leaving the military."
Bernard Bergan
"What excited me about this program was the opportunity to sharpen my knowledge and gather experience before my transition out of the military. It gave me a better chance of success as I interviewed and ultimately helped me land a new job in the tech industry."
Matthew Shaffer