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.
Finally, 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.