We’re no longer an Army of One – transitioning vets have a multitude of resources available. Which should you be taking advantage of?
- First stop on the road to a civilian career? Transition – GPS, or Transition – Goals, Plans, Success, is the new interagency effort to assist vets separating from service. Transition GPS replaces Turbo TAP, the military’s previous transition program. GPS offers resources from career counseling and higher-education assistance to information about launching your own business. Be sure to take advantage of all it has to offer.
- Second, take advantage of service specific assistance, such as the Army Career and Alumni Program for soldiers. Consider it ‘reverse boot camp.’ These programs offer a series of required courses for transitioning service members.
- Third, be sure to connect with your local Veterans Administration office. You’ll want to learn about, and enroll in, your VA benefits right away.
Your career in the military – no matter how long or short – has entitled you to a number of benefits. Take advantage of both DoD sponsored programs and private sector volunteer efforts to help launch your new post-military career.