3-phase cycle outlines Army career

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A SCORE volunteer leads a session of the ACAP entrepreneurial workshop, Boots to Business, at the Resiliency Center, May 29. Kansas City SCORE is comprised of mentors, like Harris, who was in banking for 40 years, to help beginning and continuing entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Walleman
Army News Service
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas — Oct. 1, Soldiers will begin to have a more defined plan for transitioning out of the Army with the implementation of the Soldier Life Cycle.
This three-phase career cycle supports the Soldier for Life initiative and prepares Soldiers from the beginning of their military service, until their transition to civilian life, with the resources needed to equip them with the employment skills, training, counseling and opportunities that will enhance their marketability after military service.
The program is focused on preparing Soldiers for transition and connecting them with meaningful employment, educational opportunities and benefits from the beginning of their military career until the end.
Transitioning begins a year out instead of the previous 90 days, which was trying to convey a lot of information in a compressed timeline at the end of the Soldier’s career.
There are three phases to the Soldier Life Cycle.
Phase One, the first year in the Army.
Soldiers will complete a self-assessment with an education counselor at their first duty station to help them complete an individual development plan of how they want their careers to progress and what needs to happen for them to get there.
They will receive information on GI Bill benefits and tuition assistance. They will meet one-on-one with a financial counselor who will help them develop a one-year budget. Also, the agency that provides the installation in-processing papers to the Soldier will verify that he or she has an eBenefits account with Veterans Affairs.
Phase Two, the career phase, has two parts: one to 10 years of service and 10 years of service to transition or retirement.
Soldiers with one to 10 years of service will annually review their individual development plans, update their career goals with their leaders and update their Army Career Tracker profiles with any educational or personal goals.
During part two of the career phase, Soldiers begin working on resumés and thinking about what they will need when getting out.
Phase Three is transition, with training and programming on employability, resumé writing, effective job interviewing and looking for work.
The Army will deliver specific implementation instructions this month and release a commander’s guide to transition in August to help leaders identify program requirements. Leaders will need to know how to use the Army Career Tracker to document certain milestones, and commanders will have to know how to go out there and look at the Soldier to determine who needs what to ensure that their new Soldiers are meeting the requirements.
If the Soldiers are getting ready to re-enlist or are up for promotion, they will have to do a gap analysis or a self-assessment on where they’re at, if they met their goals and what they need to do to meet their goals.
The Army alone has been spending more than $500 million per year on unemployment compensation. If the Soldier Life Cycle helps reduce this amount, it will make more money available for other personnel projects or other personnel operations.

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