Army

December 20, 2013

Military separation rules increase, access OMPF easily

retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Roberts

Army transition — shifting the paradigm
Army Career and Alumni Program

U. S. Army Human Resources Command veterans are some of the Army’s most valuable resources and need your support. Those who transitioned from the Army within the last 21 years likely started their separation process at the Army Career and Alumni Program, or ACAP.

The Army will transition approximately 130,000 Soldiers off active duty in each of the next four years. Prior to November 2012, the transition process from active duty to civilian life had only one mandated requirement, pre-separation counseling. The Veterans Opportunity to Work, VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which became law on Nov. 21, 2012, changed the face of Army transition. It has now become a dynamic and intuitive collaboration of mandated and optional courses, counseling sessions, training and seminar opportunities and a 24/7 Virtual Counseling Center.

The Army recognized transition services needed to extend beyond the mandates and concentrate on the entire transition effort. Therefore, the Army re-engineered the transition program to focus on “preparing Soldiers” for civilian life and “connecting Soldiers” to employment opportunities.

Soldiers now begin preparing for transition at least 12 months prior to departing active duty by participating in the education, technical or entrepreneurial tracks, apprenticeship, credentialing, on-the-job training, and job shadowing programs included in the employment skills program of the VOW-mandated Transition Assistance Program. Soldiers develop the skills and expertise to make the right career choices for their post-military lives.

The Army’s greatest challenge is connecting Soldiers to employment opportunities. The Transition Strategic Outreach office, or TSO, serves as the Army’s primary point of contact for employment connections. The TSO assists companies in the process of identifying, recruiting and hiring Soldiers seeking civilian employment.

Veterans understand the importance of preparing Soldiers for the next phase of their lives. Veterans can help ACAP by connecting Soldiers to employment opportunities, being a mentor, or providing a networking relationship.

Veterans are in every home town. They are in every industry. You’ve built networks and you have job leads. Veteran support is crucial and something as simple as a solid job lead and a referral can make the difference in a Soldier’s transition. Visit www.acap.army.mil or www.h2h.jobs to learn more about how you can help.

Thank you for your service. Army Strong for Life!

Access or request official military personnel files
U.S. Army Human Resources Command

Those who retired after April 1, 1996, can electronically access Official Military Personnel Files, or OMPF. Electronic access is an easy, fast, 24/7 way to view them. Veterans have the flexibility to print specific documents or download their entire OMPF.

To access your OMPF, go to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command’s home page, http://www.hrc.army.mil/. Under Soldier Services, click the “My Records” button and logon with your AKO user name and password. Then click on the appropriate component icon. (Retirees are included in Reserve Component.) On the left side of the Web page, under the heading, “Navigation,” click on “Documents” to view your OMPF. Records will be available using DS Logon in 2014.

You can obtain free copies of a DD Form 214 and/or OMPF by submitting a signed Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records) if:

  • your retirement date is before April 1, 1996,
  • you are unable to access your OMPF electronically, or
  • you are the next of kin of a deceased retiree

For more information, including where to submit a request for records, refer to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command’s Web article at https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Accessing%20or%20Requesting%20Your%20Official%20Military%20Personnel%20File%20Documents or call 1.888.ARMYHRC (1.888.276.9472).

FH Retiree Council to meet
The Fort Huachuca Retiree Council meets quarterly in January, April, July and October. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 10, 10 a.m., in the Directorate of Human Resources Conference Room, Building 41421. For more information, contact mi33csm@icloud.com.

We encourage retirees to visit the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council Facebook page for regular updates, events, and miscellaneous information of interest; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Huachuca-Retiree-Council/357858980975547.




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