Program aims to improve Soldier transition resources, processes

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Susan Anderson
Army News Service



WASHINGTON — In mid-July, the Army will begin piloting components of what constitutes a major overhaul of how the Army transitions Soldiers from military to civilian life. Most of the core transition curriculum has either been modified or is brand-new, said Walter Herd, director, Army Career Alumni Program.

Herd was one of more than 30 representatives from across the federal government who participated in a Pentagon Transition Summit, recently, hosted by Gen. Lloyd Austin, Army vice chief of staff. Participants met to address collective progress and remaining tasks in the Army’s ongoing efforts to meet full compliance with the Veteran’s Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 by the November 2012 suspense.

“Our purpose here these two days is to really sit down at the table and work together; to collaborate and learn about each other’s efforts; to build bridges; and to make sure we’re doing the very best for our Soldiers and their families,” said Austin. “We want to make sure we put all of our elements on the table, make sure our Soldiers are aware of what they can/should do. You are the experts in your various fields, and we believe we have the right folks in the room to do the right things.”

Among the many adjustments to the ACAP curriculum is an improved six-hour financial planning seminar to be taught by certified financial counselors. Topics covered include 12-month financial planning, health care planning, health insurance, tax planning and preparation, credit ratings, home ownership and estate planning.

The Department of Labor’s Employment Workshop also was modified based on feedback from students, facilitators and observers to better focus on the mechanics of Soldier transition, said John Moran, deputy undersecretary for Veterans Employment and Training Services.

“Our modified curriculum now places a greater emphasis on things like writing effective resumes and cover letters, using networking tools, preparing for interviews and evaluating job offers and salaries,” he said.

The transition process doesn’t stop the day the Soldier leaves the service, and the VA is working closely with the Army to ensure Soldiers take advantage of the many benefits available to them after separation.

One adjustment is the Army’s adoption of the Hero 2 Hired online employment application tool at The site offers users the opportunity not only to perform job searches and post resumes, but to translate military skills, explore different career paths and more.

The EBenefits website also will play a significant role in ensuring a warm handoff. As users hit key milestones in their transition, the site will send out reminders as to what things they should be doing, said Jack Kammerer, Veterans Administration senior advisor to the Secretary.

Locally, no direct impact will be felt until November 2012, when the two-day DOL Employment Workshop will become mandatory for all transitioning Soldiers, said Charlene Shelton, Transition Services manager, Schofield Barracks ACAP. Shelton anticipates a 35 percent increase in Soldier traffic, through the ACAP center and advises those who know they will be transitioning to reserve their workshop session as soon as possible.


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