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WINTER 2017

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38 Navy | Winter 2017 T he Veteran and Military communities face a variety of challenges while transitioning out of the military. Luckily, there are numerous free resources that are easily available. Government, non-profit, community programs, and companies can assist service members in their transition to civilian life, but only if they are aware of such services. As many of the articles in this edition of the AUSN Navy Magazine articulate, our increased reliance on information net- works has enabled new threats that the Navy as well as our other Armed Forces have in their crosshairs. Too oen, we meet veterans who have paid for a service they could have otherwise received at no cost, or they are using their GI Bill for a training that an organiza- tion has made available for free… just for veterans. With a little research, the individual who paid to have a "top of the line" resume created for them could have received similar services free of charge. ey could have earned their certificate and kept their GI Bill for another day. We also see veterans who have identified a post-military career field, but still need an understanding of the industry outlook, educational requirements and geographical re- alities of that career. In both of these cases, research is the key to an easier and more economical transition. Navy's Transition GPS: A Starting Point Transitioning Sailors are required to attend the Navy's Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success), which includes: Pre-separation Counseling, a 5-Day Workshop and Capstone. With the exception of a few cases, Sailors attend a Department of Labor Employment Workshop to help them meet career readiness standards prior to their separation/retirement. ese courses are necessary first steps in preparing Sailors to re-enter the civilian world, and give Sailors a chance to identify their goals, make realistic plans, and enable success. While this is a great starting point, Sailors will need additional support to achieve their post-mili- tary goals...and become their own advocates. Whether intending to go to school, start a busi- ness, or join the workforce, transitioning Sailors can find the knowledge and programs to support them in achieving their goals. ese resources and programs are oen free to veterans — a simple internet search can yield countless results. An Example: Jobs in Energy For the transitioning Sailor interested in the Energy sector, a search for "Veterans Energy Sector" results in: information about the industry and how to translate military experience and skills into an energy career, including TroopstoEnergyjobs.com and VeteranEnergyPipeLine.com . (Check out their industry- specific free translation tools.); human resources sites detailing companies that want to hire veterans; and training programs through the Department of Energy (like the Solar Energy Job Training Pilot for Veterans). Switching out the industry in a search yields results that can help veterans move into the civilian field of their choice. Isn't this obvious? I'm a researcher at heart, and many of you probably are too…but you may know someone for whom this ad- vice isn't obvious. Whether you have transitioned, know someone who is transitioning, or are in charge of guiding Sailors who will transition, remember: due diligence and a detailed transition plan makes the military-to-civilian transition a calmer storm to navigate. n Jamie Boyle is the assistant editor of MSEJ, which supports Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN). Homework Eases Military Transitions Free Resources Available By Jamie Boyle ISTOCKPHOTO Whether intending to go to school, start a business, or join the workforce, transitioning Sailors can find the knowledge and programs to support them in achieving their goals.

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