Transition Resources

military to civilian tools Mentors


· USAA provides service members, veterans and families with a comprehensive suite of mentoring tools and information to assist with the transition process and civilian employment.

2. Veterati - Register to become a mentor or mentee

· Veterati allows you to access unlimited career mentors to help with your transition and integration. Join thousands of service members, veterans, and spouses in setting up free 1-hr career mentorship phone calls with successful professionals. Veterati allows you to choose your own mentor and as many as you would like. Sign-up and Get Started Now!


·This Veteran owned organization provides a comprehensive solution of mentoring, training and job placement designed to transition Veterans into IT careers. If your future career is IT related, we recommend that you contact this organization for advice and mentoring.

4. eMentor Program

· eMentor is a cutting-edge online mentoring program for military personnel, veterans and military spouses. eMentor connects individuals for dynamic mentoring experiences that powerfully move them forward in their personal and professional lives.

5. American Corporate Partners (ACP)

· A non-profit organization focused on helping returning veterans find their next careers through one-on-one mentoring, networking and online career advice.

6. GallantFew

· The mission at GallantFew is to prevent veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.

7. Boots to Shoes

· The Boots to Shoes mission is to augment veterans support services for 21st century Veterans’ successful transition into civilian jobs. It serves as an example for going forward by giving back. Service member can register on their website to be connected with a mentor from the local business community.

8. Academy Women

· Academy Women is a global leadership and professional development organization that empowers aspiring, current and past women military leaders through mentoring, training, and growth opportunities to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally. This mission is achieved by serving a broader community of all military women, families, and veterans.

9. MVPvets (Mentoring Veterans Program)

· The mission of MVPvets is to assist and prepare transitioning veterans for meaningful employment in life science companies. With new health applications and innovative consumer products being discovered and created on a daily basis, opportunities to support the science, engineering, technology or business functions of a life science organization are vast. MVPvets brings Veterans, Mentors and Companies together through live and virtual career-building endeavors.

military to civilian tools Organizations

1. American Corporate Partners (ACP)

· A non-profit organization focused on helping returning veterans find their next careers through one-on-one mentoring, networking and online career advice.


· A transition platform which transforms proven military leaders into tomorrow's industry leaders and entrepreneurs. This organization identifies military talent for transition preparation and planning, business executive education, career services, and industry placement in the private sector.

3. The National Association of Veteran Serving Organizations (NAVSO)

· A non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of our veterans and military families by transforming the veteran services marketplace. 20,000 professionals leverage NAVSO tools and resources to support veterans and military families.

4. RecruitMilitary

· RecruitMilitary helps veterans connect with employers. They host the nation’s largest single-source veteran database, publish the nation’s second-largest veteran hiring publication, and have conducted more than 900 job fairs in over 66 cities.

5. Veterans ASCEND

· A free service for veterans to connect with employers. Veterans create a career profile starting with skills translated from their military occupation. Employers create job profiles based on the skills they need. Veterans ASCEND matches veterans to employers skill for skill. Create a profile today and let employers find you. No resume, no applying, just brand recognition for the earned skills you’ve gained through your military service.

6. The Veteran Jobs Mission

· The Veteran Jobs Mission is a coalition of 230 private-sector companies that represent virtually every industry in the U.S. economy. The coalition has collectively hired more than 380,000 veterans since it began in 2011 and their goal has increased to 1 million U.S. veterans. Beyond their ongoing search for top military talent, Veteran Jobs Mission members are continuing to increase their focus on retention and career development of veterans in the private sector. This includes supporting veterans as they adapt to the workplace by establishing sponsorship and on-boarding training programs, as well as industry-based coalition subgroups to increase collaboration among members.

7. Disabled American Veterans

· The DAV is a non-profit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. DAV is a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.

8. Corporate America Supports You (CASY)

· CASY is a non-profit with the mission to provide no-cost employment readiness, vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for National Guard, Reserves, transitioning service members, and veterans of all branches of service.

9. Student Veterans of America

· Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student-veteran groups stationed on college campuses across the globe. They provide support networks, fund scholarships, train tomorrow’s leaders, assist in providing Vet Centers, help educate through G.I. stewardship and research, and much more.

10. USO Transition Services

· Transition Services extends the USO experience to you and your family as you transition from military service and settle into your new civilian community. USO Scouts offer one-on-one support to help create a plan for what’s next. They help connect you with the services, opportunities and resources that are the best fit for you and your family.

11. Warrior to Work

· The Warrior to Work program is a veteran employment program that provides career guidance and support services to wounded warriors, their families, and caregivers interested in transitioning to the civilian workforce. They match a veteran’s skills and experience to the needs of hiring managers across the country.

12. Hire Heroes

· A non-profit that provides free, expert career coaching and job sourcing to transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses. Hire Heroes maintains a singular focus on employment and has helped more than 15,500 veterans and military spouses move into new careers since 2007.

13. Return 2 Work

· A non-profit that provides personalized vocational rehabilitation and employment services to Veterans, their spouses and Americans with disabilities including wounded warriors.

14. The Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP)

· This program is part of the University of Syracuse’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. VCTP utilizes an online learning platform to help active duty, selected reserve, veterans and military spouses learn business, technology, and career skills to accomplish their personal and professional goals. Individuals can work towards an industry certification administered by globally recognized organizations.

15. Corporate Gray

· This veteran led program connects employers with veterans nationwide. They provide transition assistance, training and conduct military friendly job fairs.

16. The Mission Continues

· Adjusting to life at home can be difficult. The Mission Continues empowers veterans to find purpose through community impact. They can deploy you on new missions in your own community, so you can inspire future generations to serve. Through a unique model, veterans build new skills and networks that help successfully adapt to life after the military.

17. Hire Americas Heroes

· This organization connects America’s corporations with the rich skills and abilities of military service members and their families for the purpose of employment in the corporate workforce. They conduct industry leading educational events and activities designed to educate, promote and facilitate best practices and success strategies in military-to-corporate employment.

18. Helmets to Hard Hats

· Helmets to Hardhats connects quality men and women from the Armed Forces with promising building and construction careers.

19. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

· IAVA Career Programs support veterans in all stages of their careers through tailored pathways to workplace success.


· A career service designed for those who have served. To make things easier and provide structure, a few of the leading organizations in veteran career development combined forces to create one, easy place to start. You can get connected, choose a track (training, career, entrepreneur), or view an expansive resource library.

21. AMVETS Career Centers

· AMVETS Career Centers are powered by the Call of Duty Endowment and provide career training and employment assistance for veterans, active duty service members, national guard and reserve plus spouses.

22. American Legion Career Center

· The American Legion’s Veteran Career Center helps veterans find employers who understand their skills and value. They provide an extensive job search tool kit, conduct career fairs, provide advice and insights for veterans that want to become entrepreneurs.

23. Four Block

· This organization equips veterans to obtain competitive internships and full-time positions at top companies that match their interests, experience, and skills.

24. Hire Our Troops

· Hire Our Troops helps all Veterans (transitioning, spouses and Veterans) get the jobs they deserve by offering the most scalable, effective, and cost-efficient employment solutions available.

25. Call of Duty Endowment

· The Call of Duty Endowment identifies and funds the most efficient and effective organizations that get unemployed veterans back to work.

26. Fast Port

· This organization helps connect the military community to life-long careers.

27. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Employment Assistance

· The Veterans of Foreign Wars offers a wide range of assistance programs aimed at helping veterans of every generation. You can use the VFW for anything from getting free professional help filing a VA claim to securing scholarships for post-secondary education.

28. HirePurpose

· The team from Hire Purpose is committed to helping transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses find careers they love. They offer an extensive career center that includes resources, information and articles about the transition and civilian hiring process. This team also published the popular online journal, Task & Purpose.

29. Military Network

· Helping veterans establish themselves in the civilian workforce after serving in the Armed Forces is a joint effort between Military Network, Information Technology and service associations, and veteran outreach programs nationwide. Military Network is an active participant in national and local veteran hiring initiatives.

30. National Veterans Foundation

· NVF provides a free resume guide to help with the transition process.

31. Veterans Care Foundation

· Veterans Care Foundation is a resource which helps members of the armed forces navigate through the Veterans Administration. VCF was founded by disabled veterans that encountered difficulty themselves when seeking assistance. This site enables users to learn from their experiences, overcome challenges and successfully navigate the system.

32. Dept of Labor

· The DOL website provides resources for veterans and a step-by-step toolkit for employers.

33. US Chamber of Commerce – Veteran Resources

· The Chamber offers several great resources to help with the transition including a PDF Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap that can be downloaded.

34. Operation We are Here

· A great website that was developed by a military spouse with links to a variety of resources including transition related materials.


· Job Opportunities for Disabled Veterans provides recommendations and assistance for service members with disabilities.

military to civilian tools Tools and Databases

1. The Transition Intelligence Dashboard

· Statistical responses to important transition questions.

2. Military Skills Translator (

· Enables users to convert an occupational specialty (MOS, AFSC or Rating) into an equivalent civilian position.

3. The Resume Engine

· Provided by Hiring Our Heroes to help translate military skills and experience into a civilian resume.

4. Glassdoor

· Multiple tools and databases to help research companies and view interview questions from candidates that have gone before you.

5. Transition Planner

· This app creates a personalized timeline based off the separating servicemen and women's respective path after separation, days of terminal leave, and Permissive TAD preferences. The timeline generated is optimally designed to help reduce the stress caused by the abundance of various deadlines (job searches, VA applications, etc.) that abound.

6. Military Skills Translator (

· Helps translate military experience into civilian language that hiring managers can easily understand. It’s useful when developing your resume or identifying positions of interest.

7. Database of Lessons Learned, Opinions and Comments

· A Comprehensive database of veteran comments that allows users to read advice and recommendations from thousands of veterans that have already made the transition.

8. Military to Civilian Occupation Translator (

· This tool helps match your military skills and experience to civilian occupations and translate these into civilian employment skills.

9. My Next Move

· This online tool helps veterans understand what they want in their next career and allows users to explore career options based on keywords, by industry, and using results from a personalized interest profile.

10. VICTOR Mobile App

· VICTOR is a mobile application that helps service members bridge the military-civilian gap. The app helps make life after the military less complicated and more socially empowered. VICTOR helps connect veterans and their families with people, places and information they need to smooth their transition and ease stress.

military to civilian tools and resources Training and Education


·An Industry-Driven, Community-Lead initiative to “Reboot the lives & careers of transitioning service members and veterans and promote a Strong Workforce.” REBOOT was created by a team of veterans from the National Veterans Transition Service Inc. (NVTSI) and provides 3-week workshops to relearn, rebuild and rebrand.

2. DoD Skills Bridge

· DoD SkillBridge that allows eligible transitioning service members to participate in civilian training, apprenticeship, and internship programs. SkillBridge implements DoD guidance (issued in early 2014) allowing Service members to participate in job and employment training, including apprenticeships and internships, up to six-months before their service obligation is complete. This is a fantastic program that’s worth looking into.

3. Vets2PM

· The mission at Vets2PM is to help military veterans become Project Managers by inspiring them about the incredible value of their military experience to the lucrative field of project management, training them how to manage civilian projects and earn professional certifications, and preparing them and placing them with employers who value their experience and expertise. Since their formation in 2015, the team from Vets2PM have trained hundreds of veterans to pass the PMP certification exam.

4. Workshops for Warriors

· Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)3 non-profit school that trains and certifies veterans and transitioning service members into advanced manufacturing careers. Students earn third-party nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials all at no cost to them.

5. Deloitte CORE Leadership Program

· The Career Opportunity Redefinition and Exploration (CORE) Leadership Program at Deloitte University, in Westlake, TX helps armed forces members and veterans translate their skills, knowledge, and experiences into a business environment.

6. Combat to Corporate

· This website was developed by veteran transition coach, author and speaker Chad Storlie and provides advice and insights to help with the transition along with recommendations for business success.

7. Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

· COOL helps soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their MOS and explains how they can meet civilian certification and license requirements. It also provides links to numerous resources to help get them started. This is another fantastic program that’s worth looking into.

8. Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

· Sailors are encouraged to learn about certifications and licenses at this link.

9. Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

· Marine Corps COOL is a continuously developing product for both active and reserve Marine Corps service members that defines civilian credentials that best map to Marine Corps MOSs. It outlines the path, work, training and experience required to achieve them.

10. Comprehensive List of Veteran Training Opportunities

· This is an AMVETS hosted page that provides a comprehensive list of free and potentially GI-bill funded training programs to increase civilian employment opportunities.

11. Free Veteran Certification Courses

· This website provides several free certification courses to include IMC (cleaning and janitorial certification), BPC (bloodborne certification) CCC (carpet cleaning certification), mold inspection, green cleaning, chemical hazards, and customer service certifications.

12. VetForce Training

· VetForce enables service members, veterans and spouses to receive free employment training. Participants in this program receive structured, self-paced Salesforce training, collaborate in an online community, achieve Salesforce certification, and get connected to high-demand and high-wage employment opportunities in our ecosystem of more than 150,000 customers.


·This Veteran owned organization provides a comprehensive solution of mentoring, training and job placement designed to transition Veterans into IT careers. If your future career is IT related, we recommend that you contact this organization for advice and mentoring.

14. Salute America’s Heroes

· The Coalition offers online training in more than 1,500 courses to help wounded and disabled veterans. Proof of disability is required for this program which enables participants to build or expand their educational credentials.Online Catalog

15. V.E.T.S.

· Vocation, Education and Training for Service Members delivers platoon-based training and deployments using a boot camp-like, client-tailored corporate technology training to tech-savvy transitioning and industry-experienced veterans. This approach supplements their existing industry skills with specific, hands-on training to meet client needs. Once training is complete, veterans are deployed as Sharp Decisions employees to clients in squads of three or more, emulating the unit-based culture in which service members thrive in the military.

military to civilian tools Advice


1. Don’t Fly Solo in your Transition

· The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) provides great transition advice in this article and talks about finding mentors and coaches to help guide your journey.

2. Why the Best Jobs are Never Advertised

· Finding the best jobs isn’t easy and networking is the key to locating these positions. This article addresses the hidden job market and provides insights on how to find the best positions.

3. How to Crack the Hidden Job Market

· According to some reports, the hidden job market represents approximately 80% of the available position in today’s workplace. This Forbes article provides 6 ways to break into the hidden job market and will better enable your transition.

Resume Development

1. Top Ten Resume Tips (Part 1)

· Here are 10 important recommendations you should consider when developing your civilian resume. This is a PDF download that was developed by a military member turned civilian hiring manager and is based upon more than 25 years of experience.

2. Ten More Resume Tips (Part 2)

· The same former military member turned civilian hiring manager offers ten additional recommendations when developing your civilian resume.

3. Veteran Resume

· A downloadable eBook about developing a resume.

4. Resume Tips

· This is a list of 43 resume tips that can help you get hired in the civilian workplace.

Interview Skills

1. Rules for a Successful Interview

· A great article from that outlines lessons learned from a military hiring manager.

2. Why Interviewing is So Awkward

· An interesting article about the interviewing dynamic.

3. How Tattoos Can Impact Getting Hired

· Worth the time to read if you have tattoos.

4. Three Top Tricks of a Successful Job Seeker

· Solid advice for all job seekers.

5. Interview Mistakes to Avoid

· An article from the Military Veterans Recourse Center that outlines lessons and mistakes to avoid from the perspective of a military hiring manager.

General Advice

1. Most Common Transition Question

· Here you can read responses to the most common transition questions from more than 1,500 veterans that have already made the transition into the civilian workforce.

2. How to Prepare for a Job Fair

· A PDF download with excellent tips to prepare for a civilian job fair.

3. What to do After a Job Fair

· A PDF download with recommendation for what to do after a civilian job fair.

4. Google Yourself?

· You need to view and manage what potential employers can find-out about you online.

5. Are You Aware of the Hidden Job Market?

· A must read if you’re not aware of the hidden job market.

6. Ways to Find Jobs on the Hidden Job Market

· Another great article about the hidden job market.

7. Eight Military Veteran Career Development Tips

· This 1 page PDF download provides an excerpt from the Combat Leader to Corporate Leader Professional Development Handbook from Chad Storlie.

Transition Blogs

1. Guide On Blog

· This blog has useful information about the transition and articles that are worth a few minutes to review.

military to civilian tools Employers

1. Hiring Veterans

· A guide for small businesses that want to recruit and hire military talent. It was compiled by the 100,000 Job Mission and provides good insights.

2. Becoming a Military Ready Employer

· A guide from SHRM for organizations that want to establish a military talent program.

3. How Companies can Capture the Veteran Opportunity

· A presentation from McKinsey and Company that outlines the business case for hiring veterans, best practices and resources available.

4. Society for Human Resource Management

· An article about Talent Acquisition and Viewpoint of a respected individual in the military to civilian transition space, Ms. Lida Citroën: Hiring Veterans – Separating Fact from Fiction.

5. Why you Should Recruit Veteran Talent

· A LINKEDIN article about the merits of hiring veteran and military talent.

6. Goldman Sachs article

· Veteran Integration Program.

7. LINKEDIN article

· Why hiring veterans can reduce talent acquisition costs.


·This Veteran owned organization provides a comprehensive solution of mentoring, training and job placement designed to transition Veterans into IT careers. If your future career is IT related, we recommend that you contact this organization for advice and mentoring.

9. Strengths Arising from Military Experience

· A PDF download which list 21 different strengths that are developed by serving in the military. These are strengths that employers value!

10. Deloitte Military Hiring

· A link to Deloitte’s military hiring website.

military to civilian tools and resources Recruiters

1. Bradley Morris

· Bradley-Morris is the a leading military recruiting firm specializing in transitioning military and veteran talent. BMI makes the translation between military skill sets and civilian talent profiles for top leadership, technical, sales and operations career opportunities with Fortune 1000 employers.

2. Lucas Group

· Helping corporate America recruit military leaders who drive business success. With 40+ years of proven experience and more than 37,000 successful placements, Lucas Group demonstrates unparalleled dedication, unswerving integrity, and a laser focus on results.

3. Orion

· Orion International is the nation's leading Military Talent firm, specializing in the creation of best-in-class programs which allow organizations to attract, hire, develop and retain high quality Military Talent. Their unmatched penetration into military talent markets, candidate-consultative approach, and unrivaled array of world-class client companies have positioned Orion as the most dominant firm in the military transition space and the leading subject matter expert on military hiring.

4. Alliance Careers

· Alliance brings an unparalleled approach to career transition and is dedicated to respect, fairness, and loyalty to all parties. Their team brings matchless preparation and support to top-performing military talent driven for a successful business career. Lifetime relationships and support extend farther with Alliance than anywhere else.

5. Valiant Staffing

· Valiant Staffing is committed to working exclusively with members of our armed forces, the DOD, veterans and their families. By creating consultative relationships with our clients and associates we are able to match candidates to incredible civilian jobs while improving our clients productivity.

6. Cameron-Brooks

· Cameron Brooks specializes in placing Junior Military Officers (JMOs). No other military recruiting firm has the experience to help JMOs navigate through a transition and help hiring managers find exceptional candidates. Led by an honest desire for your success, CB has earned a reputation as the leader in the JMO recruiting industry.

7. Military – Civilian

· Military-Civilian is a personalized networking service dedicated to assisting military veterans and their families with their transition back into the civilian workforce.

8. CSI Executive Search

· CSI Executive Search is one of the nation’s leading AESC certified executive search and consulting firms. Founded in 1997 and privately held, they are the talent advisor of choice among organizations seeking direction and counsel on senior leadership needs. CSI specializes in operational and technical placements and works across a range of industries and company sizes to provide Pinpoint Placements™ with Day One Value™ for client companies.

9. CMC Technical

· CMC Technical is a military-civilian recruiting firm specializing in assisting technical military personnel with their transition into a civilian career. Since 1978, CMC has helped thousands of enlisted personnel secure employment with some of the best companies in America.

10. Veteran Talent Exchange (by People Scout)

· The Veteran Talent Exchange (VTE) connects service members and veterans with multiple employers who are all committed to veteran hiring, so they can find their next mission. The service is free and participants receive and exclusive newsletter of employment advice and job postings.

11. The Honor Bridge

· An organization founded and managed by veterans that specializes in geographic preference placement.

12. Tips for using headhunters

· A must read article for anyone considering the use of a military to civilian placement agency. This article from provides 7 Rule of Engagement to consider when dealing with a headhunter, placement company or search firm.

13. Headhunters versus Recruiters

· While headhunters and recruiters may seem synonymous, there exist many differences between the two career fields, which not only vary in their approach to a candidate's job search, but can also be the difference between a successful career search and a struggling one.

14. Why Junior Officers Should Avoid Recruiters

· This article was written by a former officer that’s now recruiting military candidates for positions in major companies. The information in this article will help anyone decide whether to use a recruiter. The point of this article is to help job seekers avoid trading their marketability for the sake of a potential connection with a recruiter’s client.

15. Integrating Former Senior Military Leaders into Private Sector Success

· This is an interview with a former military member that’s now a recruiter. His comments and insights are critical to understand. In short, the question isn’t ‘Can a retiring officer adjust?’, rather the question is, ‘Can a retiring officer adjust quickly?’

military to civilian tools Research and Guides

1. Profile of the Military Community (2015)

· This Demographics Report, which was prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), presents a synthesis of demographic information describing members and families in the military community in fiscal year 2015

2. Veterans Talent Index

· Monster and established the Veteran Talent Index (VTI) in the fall of 2011 to provide an ongoing and quantifiable metric of employment conditions for the transitioning service member. The VTI is a snapshot of the employment landscape from the perspectives of transitioning military service members, veterans, and the employers seeking to hire them. The report covers: 1) Veteran Career Confidence Index, 2) Veteran Job Search Activity Index and 3) Employer Veteran Hiring Index.

3. Lessons from the 100,000 Jobs Mission

· This 54-page report (PDF download) provides insights from a study conducted by the RAND Corporation and delivers lessons learned along with recommendations from the 100,000 Jobs Mission.

4. Veterans Talent Index for Ohio

· This report was developed by the State of Ohio to provide insights and analysis from veterans, military professionals, recruiters and hiring managers. Ohio is home to over 843,000 veterans and has the sixth largest veteran population in the United States.

5. Serving Our Post-9/11 Veterans (Executive Summary)

· This Executive Summary was compiled by the Bush Institute and outlines findings from a study conducted about the needs of Post-9/11 veteran community.

6. Veteran Employment Challenges

· This guide was developed by IAVA and Prudential Insurance and addresses “perceptions and experiences of transitioning from the military into civilian life.”

7. Challenges on the Homefront: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard

· This 21-page report (PDF download by the Call of Duty Endowment and ZipRecruiter) addresses the issue of underemployment in the veteran community.

8. The State of the American Veteran

· The San Francisco Veterans Study surveyed more than 700 veterans and identified emerging themes to include that veterans throughout the State of California and the nation encounter significant transition issues.

9. Military Experience and CEOS: Is there a Link?

· This 16-page report (PDF download) published by Korn/Ferry International in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit, identifies the major traits that characterize ex-military CEOs and suggests that deft management of stressful situations in the real-world setting of military operations may well enhance performance in a corporate environment. This is a great article from Korn Ferry that discussed the linkage between military service and achieving CEO status.

10. The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life

· This report was generated by the Pew Research Center and helps predict the ease of re-entry into civilian life.

11. Employment Situation of Veterans in 2016

· This summary was published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and provides highlights from their 2016 report regarding veteran employment.

12. Gallup Poll – Confidence in US institutions

· This Gallup Poll demonstrates that Americans have a great deal of confidence in the military institution.

13. Onward and Upward - Understanding Veteran Retention and Performance in the Workplace

· This 32-page report (PDF download) published by the Center for a New American Security provides a better understanding of veteran turnover to enable public sector efforts to be more precisely targeted at the population segments that struggle the most during transition.

14. A Continuum of Collaboration

· This 29-page report (PDF download) published by the Center for a New American Security provides an overview of landscape of efforts to serve the veteran community.

15. Most Recent Veterans Say the Military Prepared them for Civilian Work

· This report was compiled in 2013 by Pew Research Center and indicates that 60.6% of post 9/11 veterans say their military experience was relevant to their civilian job.

military to civilian tools and resources News and Information

1. Hiring America

· The first TV series dedicated to helping veterans find jobs. This organization provides information and materials that feature companies with outstanding veteran hiring initiatives, share insights from CEO’s, career counselors, and HR specialists, and give valuable information to help ease the transition for veterans entering the civilian workforce.

2. MilitaryOneClick

· A comprehensive website that provides news and information about the military lifestyle for service members, veterans, families and friends of the military community. The site connects you with job opportunities and allows users to gain direct access to career tools, hiring fairs, educational scholarships, health help, health insurance, buying or renting a home, financial assistance and more.

3. Operation: American Dream

· Operation: American Dream is an online show (Youtube video channel) that shares the heroic stories of those who serve to protect our freedoms, and highlights the resources available to them.


· One of the most comprehensive online directories of resources and information for the military and veteran community. One area of focus is on employment, connecting viable candidates from the military and veteran communities with outstanding employers. Another main focus is on education, and we featuring veteran friendly colleges, universities trade and vocational schools that offer outstanding programs.

5. Military OneSource

· A central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big transitions. Browse by topic online or search for specific questions of interest. No matter where military life takes you, Military OneSource aims to always keep you in the loop.

6. Is the Transition Process More Difficult for Some?

· Research among the military community suggests that almost half of the veterans indicate their transition into the civilian workforce was 'more difficult' than expected. This article discusses the on-going work of several veterans to understand and demystify the transition process.

7. We aren’t doing enough to help veterans transition to civilian life

· The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationwide poll of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, revealing the profound and enduring effects of these conflicts on the 2.6 million who have served.

8. Long-Term Transition Trends

· A group of veterans have joined together in an effort to collect data from more than 100,000 veterans about their military transition experience. Through an online survey, the group’s aim is to better understand long-term trends and challenges veterans face when they leave the service.

9. Reinventing Michael Banks

· An interactive movie for transitioning service members and employers. This training programs helps veterans, families and employers address the challenges of transitioning from active-duty service to meaningful civilian employment.

10. USAA Going Civilian Blog

· This is a USAA sponsored website that posts article and information about the transition back into civilian life. Everyone can read the information available and USAA members can respond based upon their opinions and experience.

11. Moving Beyond One Size Fits All Transitions

· An article from that outlines an approach to help go beyond using the same approach (one size fits all) for military to civilian transitions.

12. Make The Connection – Transitioning from Service

· Hear veterans share their stories of transitioning from military service or returning from deployment and adjusting to a new life. Support from family, friends, and VA helped make the difference and set these Veterans on the path to success.

13. Veterans Helping Veterans make the Transition

· An article from that outlines a veteran led initiative to help service members and veterans re-enter the civilian workforce .


1. Hiring America

· This is a weekly newsletter published by Ann Cardona (Army Veteran) that provides transition information, tips and links to related videos.

military to civilian tools Job Boards and Employment Fairs

1. RecruitMilitary

· RecruitMilitary helps veterans connect with employers. They host the nation’s largest single-source veteran database, publish the nation’s second-largest veteran hiring publication, and have conducted over 900 job fairs in 66 cities.

2. Indeed

· is the world’s No. 1 job site, with more than 200 million unique visitors every month from more than 60 different countries. Find millions of jobs from thousands of company websites, job boards and newspapers in one site.

3. Vet Jobs

· A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

4. USA Jobs

· USA Jobs is the Federal Governments job board. This link provides insights to help veterans with government employment.

5. Hire Veterans

· A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

6. Vets

· A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

7. Military Hire

· A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

8. Zip Recruiter

· Zip Recruiter developed a job board specifically for veterans and provides information to help locate civilian employment.

9. Feds Hire Vets

· This link A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

10. Hire A Hero

· A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

11. Veteran Job Listings

· A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

12. Career One Stop

· A job board that focuses on the military and veteran community.

13. AM Vets Job Fairs

· A list of current military oriented job fairs.

14. Military Connection Job Fairs

· A list of current military oriented job fairs.

military to civilian tools Transition Assistance

1. Research Shows that Service Members Should Attend TAP More than Once

· Research among post 9/11 veterans indicates that attended TAP more than once results in a 57% increase in program efficacy. A must read article for service members and families that are considering or making their transition out-of-uniform.

2. TAP Online

· Standalone training for veterans and military families. This interactive website is provide by the DoD’s Transition Assistance Program Office and includes 10 modules of instruction. Service members can view prior to attending TAP or as a refresher.

3. Curriculum

· A 1-page PDF download which contains an outline of the TAP GPS program.


· Soldier For Life program


· Fleet and Family Support Program, Transition GPS


· AF Personnel Center


· Marines Corps Community Services


· Office of Work-Life Programs – Transition Assistance Program


·This Veteran owned organization provides a comprehensive solution of mentoring, training and job placement designed to transition Veterans into IT careers. If your future career is IT related, we recommend that you contact this organization for advice and mentoring.

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1. Predicting At-Risk Transitions

· This inforgraphic highlights three unique groups among transitioning service members. The first group (INCREASED RISK) represents 24% of all military members, the second group (AVERAGE RISK) represents 45% of all military members and the third group (DECREASED RISK) represents 31% of all military members. This is a must view graphic for all service members, regardless of their transition status or anticipated ETS.


1. Out of Uniform - by Tom Wolfe

·Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition

2. US Veterans in the Workforce - by Mike Schindler

·Why are veterans are more hirable than ever

3. Engaging with Veteran Talent - by Lida Citroen

· A quick and practical guide to sourcing, hiring, onboarding, and developing Veteran employees

4. The Prior-Service Entrepreneur - by Michael Kaplan

·The Fundamentals of Veteran Entrepreneurship

5. Your Next Mission - by Lida D. Citroen

· A Personal Branding Guide for the Military-to-Civilian Transition

6. Boots to Loafers - by John W. Phillips

· Finding Your New True North

7. Down Range - by James D. Murphy & William M. Duke

· A Transitioning Veteran's Career Guide to Life's Next Phase

8. PCS to Corporate America - by Roger Cameron & Chuck Alvarez

· From Military Tactics to Corporate Interviewing Strategy

9. Networking For Veterans - by Michael L Faulkner

· A Guidebook for a Successful Military Transition into the Civilian Workforce

10. The Military to Civilian Transition Guide - by Carl S. Savino and Ronald L. Krannich

· A Career Transition Guide for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps & Coast Guard Personnel

11. Operation Job Searchide - by John Henry Weiss

· A Guide for Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Careers

12. Command Your Transition - by Travis Collier

· Declare your Intent, Craft your Mission, Make it on the Outside


1. Veteran on the Move

· This is a veteran developed podcast which helps guide listeners in their transition to entrepreneurship, but also includes materials about the transition out of uniform and into the civilian workforce.

2. Success Vets

· A veteran led podcast which provides content, strategy, and actionable guidance for veterans in their transitions after the military. SuccessVets was started to help veterans with their transition into new careers after the military.

3. Command Your Business

· This is a veteran led podcast which focuses on military veteran entrepreneurship and business ownership.

4. Military Entrepreneur Show

· Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Dan Evans shares insights regarding military service, the transition process and entrepreneurship via his podcast and website.

5. Mentors For Military

· This website features veterans from all branches who want to make a difference by sharing their inspiring and motivating experience. The podcast is hosted by military veterans with the goal of providing provide information to listeners that matters.

6. Lead Like a Marine

· Lead like a Marine is a weekly podcast focused on helping US Service Members translate their leadership skills and abilities as they transition back into the civilian job market. They interview veterans who “have been there and done that”. Great stories of successful transition into the civilian marketplace.

7. Veteranology

· This podcast is intended to help young veterans make informed and fulfilling transitions into the civilian world. Interviews are conducted with veterans who have chosen many different paths towards success and individuals with vital information for new veterans.


1. GI Jobs

· This is a magazine that provides insights about the transition and civilian employment.

2. US Veterans

· A magazine about veteran related issues to include transition and employment.

3. Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

· The MOAA provides a monthly magazine to their members which delivers updates and insights on important issues to include transition and post-military employment.

4. Search and Employ®

· The team from RecruitMilitary provides this magazine every other month to help transitioning military, national guard, reservists and spouses find jobs, opportunities, and continuing education. Each issue is packed with articles, guides, and exclusive industry information you won’t want to miss.


College Guide for Veterans and Service Members

· This guide from Maryville University provides an overview of the process and helpful resources.

Veteran Education

College Guide for Veterans and Service Members

· This guide from Maryville University provides an overview of the process and helpful resources.

Veteran Entrepreneurs

1. US Veteran Entrepreneurs

· This is a highly informative website that celebrates veterans who used their service skills to build businesses after their military careers.

2. Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

· The editorial staff from developed a great list of steps for starting your veteran-owned business, along with resources to make it successful.

Combating Veteran Suicide

1. No Warriors Left Behind

· Twenty-two (22) veterans commit suicide every day and this website provides a free app that’s focused on saving lives. Veterans that need help simply tap 3-times on the phone to get access to a live person that can help.

2. Dog Tag Buddies

· Dog Tag Buddies provides the adoption and training of companion or service dogs for veterans with hidden injuries (PTSD, TBI, MST) in Montana. They cover the expenses associated with the adoption, training, and care of rescued dogs for veterans and provides all necessary supplies to assist in the care of a new companion or service dog. They currently serve veterans in the Billings and Helena regions, and will expand into the Great Falls and Bozeman regions in 2019.

Home Ownership

Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

· The Realty Medics provide a list of resources to help veterans with the purchase of a home.

Military Spouse Topics

1. Military Spouse Employment Survey

· This is an anonymous survey that will be used to develop an interactive website to help military spouses navigate the employment maze.

2. The Seasoned Spouse

· A place where military girlfriends, fiancees, or spouses can get tips and perspective about military challenges like deployments, PCSing, raising children alone, and just missing your spouse.

Family and Community Support

1. Sustainable Farming – Veteran Style

· Marine veteran, Jeremy Boswell and his wife Lauren, are on a mission to create a sustainable local food system that we can trust. They started Emmett Ridge Farm, outside of Cincinnati, and are doing amazing work to help their community.

2. Pleural Mesothelioma Center

· Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. This website provides information and additional resources if you’ve been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma.

3. Veterans and Mesothelioma

· This website provides assistanced to veterans who develop mesothelioma as a result of their service in the military.

Financial Planning

Securing Life Today

· A veteran developed platform with financial smart tools that provide financial clarity and to enable you to take back your financial independence.

State Programs and Resources


· More than 2,000 programs and resources are available for veterans, military members and their families. Please visit the Ohio page for more information.


· Visit the Virginia Transition Assistance Program Website for more information about transitioning out of military service in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


1. Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network

· This is a network of nine legal organizations and law school clinics that assist veterans.

2. The Chicagoland Veterans Study

· This 28-page report (PDF download) by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) and in partnership with Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, is an effort to provide data-driven recommendations for serving the large population of veterans residing in Chicago and the surrounding area.


Home Base Iowa

· Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program connecting veterans and transitioning service members with partners and resources. Currently, Iowa’s unemployment rate is at 2.9 percent and businesses are looking to hire skilled workers.

Military-to-Civilian Transition Resources

The military-to-civilian transition resources on this page are the most comprehensive available to assist soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen and military families with their return to civilian life. This list was complied by a group of independent veterans and is shared to inform and compliment the DoD Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Solider for Life (SFL), SFL-TAP, Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), Transition GPS (T-GPS) and related programs. We support all branches (army, navy, air force, marines and coastguard) along with military spouses. Our goal is to share information and resources which will show you how to transition from the military. We provide the best and most comprehensive information about jobs after the military and how to start a civilian career after serving. Please let us know if there are additional resources that should be added or any questions about the information on this page.

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