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Apprenticeships for Military

The NRAEF has new ways for transitioning military service members and veterans to pursue hospitality sector registered apprenticeships. Learn more below.

Apprenticeship for Transitioning Service Members Through SkillBridge

photo of chef cooking vegetablesThe NRAEF's Restaurant Manager SkillBridge Program prepares transitioning service members for acceptance in an apprenticeship program or an opportunity for direct hire as a restaurant manager. This opportunity is a twelve-week intensive program that combines e-instruction and work experience in a supervised real-world environment. Partnered mentors will guide students in skill development and workplace success and supervise participants of the program.  
The primary focuses of this program are:  

  • Front of the House Knowledge/Service Culture 
  • Back of the House / Restaurant Kitchen Knowledge 
  • Product Quality and Cost Control 
  • Branding and Marketing

The program aims to provide basic experience in a restaurant work environment that will equip service members to successfully enter into a restaurant manager Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program or be directly hired in the restaurant or food service industry.

Learn more about the SkillBridge program through the Department of Defense.
If you’re interested in signing up for SkillBridge or if you’re an employer interested in how you can connect with Skillbridge apprentices, please contact

Apprenticeship for Veterans Through the Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act (VALOR)

To connect veterans directly with career opportunities in restaurants and foodservice, the NRAEF’s restaurant management apprenticeship program can now serve as on-the-job training through the Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act. Through VALOR, Restaurant Management apprenticeship is now approved for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which provides veterans with educational assistance. Veteran apprentices have access to a tax-free monthly housing stipend while enrolled and are required to have at least one pay increase through the program. These benefits make it easier for veterans to work in restaurants, enroll in apprenticeship, and immediately advance in their careers.   
Learn more about apprenticeship opportunities for veterans approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
If you’re interested in signing up for apprenticeship through VALOR or if you’re an employer interested in learning more about VALOR, please contact  



Where can I learn more about restaurant and hospitality companies looking to hire military? 

Through our new initiative, Restaurants Recruit, we're supporting the military community with career opportunities by directly connecting them with restaurant companies across the country.

Despite the devastating impacts of COVID19, restaurants are still hiring and companies are actively looking to hire military talent. Individuals interested in signing up for Restaurants Recruit should sign up using this link. Registration is completely free and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

For more information on Restaurants Recruit and more programs specifically focused on supporting military service members, veterans and military spouses, contact Ed Walden, Director of Military Programs at

Are there other education and training opportunities for veteran and transitioning military personneland their spouses?

Yes. Please see our main Military Programs page to learn about our other training, certification, and scholarship opportunities and events.

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