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The staff in our Career Skills Program (CSP) will offer an Information Briefing from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, at the Education Center.

We hope to share general information with Airmen about the Career Skills Program – for example, how it can benefit those who are within 180 days of their transition. 

In addition, the Fort Carson CSP manager and team leads of their various CSPs will be on hand to provide information on the programs that are offered on Fort Carson, in which Airmen are able to participate, too. 

Click here for the Career Skills Program Information Briefing on August 23, which includes information on CSPs at Fort Carson.

To sign up or for more information, call the Education Center at 719-556-4996.


Peterson AFB is pleased to offer its military members a Career Skills Program.

The Career Skills Program

Career Skills Programs (CSPs) are apprenticeships, on-the-job training (OJT), job shadowing, employment skills training, and internships that offer skills training opportunities to regular Air Force and Air Force Reserve Airmen (officers and enlisted) preparing to transition from military to civilian employment.

How does it work?

Eligible Airmen can seek out apprenticeships, on-the-job training (OJT), job shadowing, employment skills training, or internships with private sector employers and then submit an application through AFVEC requesting approval to participate in the CSP.  

The application is processed and then forwarded to the ETS Chief (Education Center) to verify if the employer/program is an eligible provider per DoDI 1322.29, Enclosure 4. 

If the partner is an approved provider, the application is forwarded to the Unit Commander for approval/denial of the Airman’s participation in the program.  If the employer/program is not an eligible provider, the application is disapproved and the Airman is notified. 

Airmen sign a Memorandum of Participation (MoP) outlining their participation in the CSP, which includes the requirement to report accountability, comply with military training requirement, and maintain military standards.

In addition, Airmen may participate in CSP training opportunity programs located on Fort Carson Army Post. Programs available are: United Association Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program, Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC), Hiring Our Heroes, and CDL Career Skills Program.

Who qualifies to participate in the program?

Eligible Airmen (enlisted and officers) must complete 180 days on Active Duty (AD) and expect to be discharged or released from AD within 180 days of starting the CSP.  If the unit commander determines the Airman is not mission essential, they may be approved for CSP participation.

When can someone sign up for the program?

Airmen self-initiate participation by contacting a CSP Provider and submitting an application via AFVEC within 30-days of the CSP start date.

Are there specific dates or time frames when someone can enter the program or is it flexible to accommodate any entry date?

Eligible Airmen (enlisted and officers) must complete 180 days on AD and expect to be discharged or released from AD within 180 days of starting the CSP. 

Who do I call for more information?

For more information, please contact Career Skills Program Managers at 719-556-4996 or email us at 21fss.fsde@us.af.mil.


“Military to Civilian transition:  Building Skills – bridging to a new career” – Space Observer article, January 26, 2017



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