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Tips For Applying

Becoming Part of the Troops to Trades Program

To become a part of the Troops to Trades program, you must fill out the online Troops to Trades application. (click here)
You will need to provide the following information:

  • Your DD214 information or a current military evaluation
  • At least 1 letter of recommendation
  • Information on why you are seeking to be a part of this career
  • Your contact information
  • Any relevant schooling you have (transcripts are optional, but are a plus)
  • Information on any previous work in the industry

Tips for Filling Out Your Troops to Trades Program Application

1. Brag about your talents and skills! The application is the only thing that we have that tells us about you! If you don’t tell us what you are like, we won’t know. Share your experiences, your training activities, etc. The more you tell us, the better we can judge your interest in this program.


  • Poor example: My military training gave me lots of skills that I can use in this career.
  • Better example: In the military I learned discipline, the importance of being where I am supposed to be and how to communicate.
  • Great example: The military helped me learn discipline, following the chain of command and how to be ready, on time and respectful. I will use these skills in my new career to provide excellent customer service to my customers by listening to them, treating them respectfully and making sure they are happy with the service they received.

2. Fill out everything completely! Do not leave blank spaces if you have information to provide. For example, always use your complete name in the application when asked for you name. Add leadership and volunteer activities you have done, this will give you a step up. Don’t rush through the application, take time to review it and make sure you have said everything you can think of to make this a great application!

3. Show the application review committee why you are the best person to receive this award. Think about someone you can compare yourself to and tell us why you would be a better candidate! If you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.

4. Transcripts are not required, however, they are very valuable if you can show good progress. This is especially important if you have taken classes related to your career. You can also upload other information, such as certifications, etc. that will show how well you learn.

5. You must have at least 1 letter of reference, but the more letters you can submit (up to 3) will give us better information about you. The letters should talk about your work skills, your match to the industry (if the person is from the industry) and your ability to work with others.

6. Make sure all attachments are easy to read and that you include the full form in the attachment. This is especially true with the DD214. It must be clear to read, be fully viewable and contain all your DD214 information. If you need to, you can visit a Kinko’s, similar copy center and sometimes even the library to scan this document in so that is clearly legible.

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