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Microsoft Systems and Software Academy (MSSA)


This is a 16-week training program that results in a guaranteed interview with Microsoft or its corporate partners.  Soldiers will be trained in Microsoft software testing, development, database fundamentals, SQL Server, Lifecycle Management, web applications, as well other functional duties associated with a career at Microsoft.   


MSSA is designed for Active-Duty Service-Members who will be transitioning from Military Service within 180 days of starting the program.  This is a fulltime training program, with class being conducted during the duty day at the Fort Hood Central Texas College Campus. 


Training is conducted Monday thru Friday, 0730 – 1630.  Soldiers wear civilian attire, but are expected to maintain Army standards.  


Upon successful completion of the training program, graduates are flown to Redmond, WA to participate in interviews with Microsoft.  If selected, the Soldier will be expected to relocate to Washington state for this career opportunity.  If selected for placement with one of the corporate partners, the Soldier will be expected to relocate to that locale. 


The MSSA program allows Soldiers make a smooth transition to a lucrative career that pays a starting salary of approximately $60,000 per year.


·         Service Member must have at least 30 days remaining on active duty after the course end date.  Terminal leave will be reviewed during the application process

·         Secure Command authorization (MOA) to participate (first field grade commander)

·         Provide a copy of the service record/Army Enlisted Record Brief (ERB)

·         Provide a Resume

·         Receive a Fully Honorable status

·         Have a high school diploma or GED

·         High school algebra or Compass Placement Test Score of 31+

·         ASVAB MM 100 or  higher/GT 100 or higher desired (Army)

·         Mechanical score of 40+; Electrical score of 28+ (Air Force)

·         Strong math skills

·         Computer Skills

·         Experience or interest in software or application development

MSSA (Tentative Course Schedule)


Start Date

End Date

Graduation Date


13 Jan 15

1 May 15 1 May 15


3 Mar 15 19 Jun 15 19 Jun 15

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19 May 15 4 Sep 15 3 Sep 15

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Below are links to the MSSA Program Checklist/Application and the example MFR for you to use.

MSSA Checklist/Application
MSSA MFR example for your use
MSSA Information Paper for Printing

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