Operation Level Up Admissions Process

Eligibility and admissions requirements for our Operation Level Up Military Career Skills Program for transitioning service members.

Man in military uniform working on his laptop with an American Flag behind him.
Man in military uniform sitting on a couch on a video call waving to his laptop screen.

Eligibility Requirements for Operation Level Up

This program is available to active duty service members who are within six months of separation or retirement. Before applying, please review the following:

  1. Must be within 180 days of end-of-service at program start.
  2. Must submit command approval paperwork to participate. Approval paperwork must include separation date, current service standing, and program-specific offering information (including name and cohort start/end dates). Consult the Department of Defense Skillbridge for instructions for applying for SkillBridge/Career Skills Programs for your branch of service.
Military person typing on a laptop.

How to Apply

Step 2:

Complete Prep Materials

  • Complete about 45 hours of online coursework, which helps you prepare for the coding challenge and technical interview.
  • We recommend all prep work be complete 4 weeks before your target cohort start date.
  • Access live assistance during Sunday Technical Support Sessions.

Step 3:

Gather Admissions Materials

  • Command Approval: CSP Packet, Air Force SkillBridge Vetting Checklist, or SkillBridge Request Letter
  • VET TEC Certificate of Eligibility (learn more about VET TEC funding)
  • Military Transcripts: (JST/ERB/ORB, SURF/ESR or CDB)
  • Secondary/Post-Secondary Transcripts/CCAF

Step 4:

Pass Coding Challenge & Technical Interview

You must successfully complete both to be admitted.

Operation Level Up is an intense program for transitioning service members who want to become professional software engineers. The admissions process and program are rigorous.

Tech for Troops Information

To enroll in the program, you’ll need to own a computer that meets our program requirements. Explore how Tech for Troops provides refurbished laptops to qualifying Veterans at low cost.

Learn about Tech for Troops 

Ready to get started?

If you’re interested in Operation Level Up, fill out our form, or attend an info session where our team walks you through all program details.

Fill out an interest form