Commentary

April 26, 2012

Army Career and Alumni Program: Preparing for after-Army success

By Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter
Commander, Installation Management Command

SAN ANTONIO — Soldiers deliver for the Army and for the nation — I’ve seen it throughout my career, never more so than during my time in Iraq. So when you decide it’s time to move on to the next stage of your life, it’s only right that we should have a plan, prepare together, and then execute with energy to ensure success.

That’s why we have the Army Career and Alumni Program. Whether your next stage includes a job, school, continued service with the Guard or Reserves, or all three, ACAP will help you and your family prepare for a successful transition.

Today there is unprecedented support for transitioning Soldiers and veterans at federal, state and local levels. Hiring our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce initiative, is a great example. Their job fairs bring together a whole range of organizations — including private industry, the Department of Labor, the Veterans Administration, the Small Business Administration and state workforce commissions — all focused on connecting transitioning Soldiers and vets with employment opportunities.

The same idea is behind Hero 2 Hired, https://h2h.jobs/sign_in. This Army website helps transitioning Soldiers and vets connect with 50,000 employers who have vowed to employ them.

ACAP is there to help you learn about and make the most of these and other opportunities.

The key is to get to ACAP early — at least 12 months out for separating Soldiers or two years out for retiring Soldiers. Talk with an ACAP counselor about your goals — continuing military service, getting a job, going back to school or starting a business — and lay out a plan to get there.

For transitioning Soldiers looking to enter the civilian job market, it’s good news to hear about employers lining up to participate in job fairs on our installations — 92 employers at a Fort Polk job fair in January, 75 at Fort Jackson March 6, and 122 at Fort Campbell March 21-22, to name recent examples.

It’s even better news — it’s great news — to hear the success stories that come out of these events. For example, employers made at least 300 job offers during Fort Campbell’s job fairs in September, and the ACAP office is still hearing from Soldiers who received a job offer then. ACAP offices regularly support these events on our installations and success stories come out of every one.

Of course, this great news is predictable. You have an incredible skill set — leadership, adaptability, ingenuity and dedication, before we even get to the technical skills. Employers recognize that you bring something extra to the table — we know that when they meet you, they will want you.

Thank you to the great teams — the folks at ACAP and our Department of Labor and Veterans Administration partners — who are helping transitioning Soldiers reach their goals. What you do — polishing resumes and interview skills, researching opportunities, and building connections — is invaluable to helping Soldiers translate their Army experiences into success after the Army.

Thank you, also, to all the leaders doing right by our transitioning Soldiers. We’re looking for concrete outcomes for all transitioning Soldiers — a solid resume and measurable progress towards their goal, whether a job offer, a business plan, or an acceptance letter from a school. With your involvement and support, we all win. Thank you for setting Soldiers up for success. That’s a real example of taking care of Soldiers.

Thank you for your service.

SUPPORT AND DEFEND! 

 

FH ACAP column coming to “Fort Huachuca Scout”

“Today there is unprecedented support for transitioning Soldiers and veterans at the federal, state and local levels,” said Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander, Installation Management Command in the article above. An integral part of that support is a new Army Transition Program being fielded over the next two years. 

As a part of that fielding, the Fort Huachuca ACAP office has been selected to be a pilot location to lead the way beginning this summer. To keep you, the Scout reader, up-to-date with those changes, the Scout will begin hosting a monthly ACAP column, “Transition Talk,” to be published in the last edition each month.

Future articles will include information on transition benefits, articles on basic job search techniques, announcement of upcoming ACAP events and activities, updates for leaders and others on the new Army Transition Program and continuing information on transition resources available to the military and transitioner community .

Look for the new Transition Talk column in the May 31 issue of the Scout.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy Photo

Army has ally in Natick lab

Courtesy Photo Secretary of the Army John McHugh, left, learns about the hypobaric chamber at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine during a March 15, 2012, visit to Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massach...
 
 

CSA sends message on motorcycle safety

Leaders, I know you all take safety very seriously. However, as of June 27, we have had a substantial rise in fatal motorcycle accidents over the preceding 90 days. Both the VCSA and leadership at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center have released messages within the past month highlighting the issue, yet losses continue to...
 
 
Courtesy photos

July is National Hot Dog Month No matter what their origin, who named them, hot dogs are fun

Hot dogs offer an easy summer meal. Pair them up with chips, baked beans, potato salad or coleslaw for a quick lunch or dinner. Hot dogs are among America’s favorite foods. Every year, on average, Americans consume 60 hot dog...
 

 

July 4th holiday weekend Prevent party from being over before it starts

Enjoying time with Family and friends, grilling with the neighbors, relaxing by the pool and fireworks are all part of the 4th of July holiday weekend. Often, alcohol is a part of the holidays, and, when used responsibly, can add to its relaxed atmosphere. However, sometimes the party is over before it starts when people...
 
 

Moments matter: In safety, seconds count

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. After what seemed like an endless winter, it appears we’ve skipped over spring and plunged straight into summer! I’m sure it’s a welcome change for our Soldiers, but the short seasonal transition has put many of us leaders at a disadvantage. Since we haven’t had the...
 
 
Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller

Army celebrates 239th Birthday — ‘America’s Army: Our Profession’

Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson and President of the National Defense University Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, along with the youngest Soldier present at the ceremony, cut an Army Birthday cake duri...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin