U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life Program

The best time to prepare for your post-service career is before you leave the military. On this episode of The Dog Tag, our host, Matt Elledge, talks with Charlie Green, Director of Human Resources on Fort Hood, about the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program and the Army Career Skills Program. Both programs were initiated under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act to help the men and women who served our nation find success in today’s highly competitive job market.

Matt Elledge & Charlie Green
(L-R) Matt Elledge & Charlie Green

Show Notes:

Charlie Green Introduction. [:51]

How the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program helps service members become successful Veterans. [2:38]

How to market yourself and the assets you acquired while serving in the military. [5:02]

How Soldier for Life helps you prepare for the civilian job market and connect with organizations outside the military. [9:33]

Soldier for Life is committed to helping soldiers and their spouses find employment. [13:05]

What the program provides for Veterans who ETS’d versus Veterans who have retired out of the military. [17:12]

Find Hiring Events and Job Fairs. [20:06]

Every Army Director of HR on every base wants to help soldiers and Veterans find employment. [23:02]

What the Career Skills Program is all about. [24:09]

If you’re already out of the military and you see a job opportunity, can you still use the Career Skills Program? [28:08]

Most other military branches offer some type of career skills program or employment assistance. [29:26]

The art of transitioning out of the military successfully. [31:46]

Helpful Resources:

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)

Fort Hood Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program Facebook Page

U.S. Department of Labor

City of Austin Veterans Service Office

Department of Defense Skillbridge (Employment Skills Training Program)

U.S. Navy Transition GPS Program

U.S. Army Career Skills Program Overview

U.S. Air Force Transition Assistance Program

U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM)

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