Veterans and transitioning military get a free year of LinkedIn Premium

Includes over 14,000 LinkedIn learning courses


LinkedIn offers Veterans, VA caregivers, and Fry Scholars a free 1-year premium career subscription, including one year of access to LinkedIn Learning.

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The one year free upgrade to premium includes an incredibly valuable resource – a library of over 14,000 business, technical, and creative courses on LinkedIn Learning. This means that courses on software development, graphic design, leadership, data science, photography, and more are all available to eligible Veterans. Almost every professional skill has a course on LinkedIn Learning.

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Veterans can use LinkedIn Learning to take more than 14,000 courses

LinkedIn Premium also includes features such as InMail, seeing more profiles when you search, access to premium search filters, ability to view expanded profiles, and more. These are great for finding new career opportunities or developing new business leads.

Specifically for the Veteran community, LinkedIn has created two learning paths.

  • Transition from Military to Civilian Employment: This learning path will help you navigate your job search, helping you build your professional identity, prepare for interviews, negotiate salary, and even get promoted once you’ve been hired.
  • Transition from Military to Student Life: Covering everything from ACT/SAT/GRE test prep to essay writing, study skills, time management tips, and how to land an internship, this learning path should set you on a course to success – graduation and beyond.

To make the most of LinkedIn, use these resources:

  • LinkedIn for Veterans: This course provides a “LinkedIn 101” tutorial for everything from selecting and uploading the right picture to searching and applying for jobs.
  • Translating Your Military Skills to Civilian Employment: This course will help you understand the civilian hiring process and empower you to demonstrate your best self to potential employers.
  • Finding Your Purpose After Active Duty: This course is all about the intangibles of transition – understanding your value to civilian employers, dealing with the uncertainty of transition, and wrestling with some of the challenges inherent in this process.

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Disclaimer: The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of the VA.


Tim Hudak

  joined the VA in December 2013 and is on the Veterans Experience Office team. Tim, a Chicago-land native enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. As an intelligence analyst he deployed to Al Anbar province, Iraq with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 in 2006 and 2008. After the Marine Corps, Tim used the GI Bill to earn a degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., and co-founded the university’s first student Veteran organization. Tim is active in many Veteran organizations.


  1. john campos    

    Hello I am a veteran, who retired the military 20 years ago, and I would be interest in taking the course of Graphic design. I am currently living in Peru. Would it be possible to take advantage of this linkedln premiium?

  2. Pauline Fulsaas    

    How does this work? As a veteran I can get a 1 year free LinkedIn Premium membership but does that mean there are 14,000 free courses available to me or will there be a charge. For instance I may be interested in learning Java, this course costs $40. Is this free to me during my 1 year of Premium membership?

  3. Pauline Fulsaas    

    Is there a way to see the classes available without signing up? Is there classes in Java, Python, Linux, C++?

  4. Craig Daniel Lilley    

    Can this service be afforded to UK transitional serve leavers as well.

    We would love to have this. I’m currently leaving after 23 years and could benefit.

  5. George Jeanette    

    Getting an error message stating unable to verify information… When I clicked on help support… no one is actually there. Not sure why they also require a social security number to join, isn’t this personal information that should not be shared?

  6. Elmer a hampton    

    hi, i am a navy vet with a service conn disability, can i take a course that will help me to better my career.

  7. Fortunato    

    Hi, I am interested in the One year free LinkedIn premium offer, I just have a busy schedule for now which complicate a little bit the idea of exploiting this LinkedIn benefits Premium at full. I am looking in the future (2020) to make room for my schedule, and my question is The One year Free LinkedIn Premium has an expiration date?? if so when it is?? Thank you.
    The U.S. Army Veteran

    1. Tim Hudak    

      That’s up to LinkedIn, but this offer has been around for a few years now. I don’t think they are planning to end it any time soon.

  8. Charles Laudadio    

    Last revised on April 16, 2018

    Offer is for a trial subscription to the identified LinkedIn service. In order to redeem this offer, you must have a LinkedIn account and have satisfied the conditions identified in the offer. This offer expires on the earlier of the date identified in the promotional offer or six months after LinkedIn first communicated the offer. Offer is not transferable and may not be sold, shared, or bartered. LinkedIn may revoke this offer at any time for technical, security, or business reasons, including fraud prevention. One promotional offer per eligible subscriber.
    The fine print says 6 months but veterans premium offer indicates 1 year. Who do I believe?

  9. Frank F Flores    

    Can my family members be in title for this service as well (aka) spouse. Kids ?

    1. Tim Hudak    

      If they are Fry Scholars or VA Caregivers. Also, if they are spouses of active duty servicemembers. More info at

  10. Chris Broussard    

    I’m a retire army veteran and have been paying for a premium LinkedIn acct. I don’t have the LinkedIn Courses though. How can I get 1 year free membership?

  11. Diane Jones    

    I’m interested in Tractor Trailer driver training as a Student
    and have CDLA permit with clear MVR
    Like to get into Roehl transportation for their training
    Please Can some body help me get my foot in the door.
    My permit expires Sept 2019
    I ‘ll be at a seasonal 2 months job in Alaska
    Until end of Aug 2019, with no phone service
    until Sept 2019.

  12. Randolph Erickson    

    I etsed in 1979. I used my education benefit, and went to my local community college. I was 23. They had me sit down with a career counselor. The whole experience was a scam. My learning path was useless in a practical sense because I couldn’t get an interview with that degree. I was very successful in a career path that had nothing to do with my college education. My message: Be sure that where they are steering you, that field is relevant, hiring, and pays well. Also, most important, something you want to do. It’s not work, if you enjoy what you do.

  13. Robert McCracken    

    I was an active duty sailor during Viet Nam – served a 3 year term – am I qualified for this???

    1. Joe Riede    

      Yes, this is open to all veterans. All you have to do is prove your status. This is done through Troop ID in service. If you have a USAA account, you can use that. Otherwise, you’ll need to get your service record and upload it (there are links on the site). I suggest just clicking the link above and try to sign up.

  14. SSG. Michael Freeman USA. (RET.) Freeman    

    I’m not employable but can I still use this to try to remember and learn new things? I’m most interested in computer electronics or just electronics in general.

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