Today we have a guest blog post from Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1.
Our Soldiers, Veterans, and Families face a number of challenges transitioning from military to civilian life. Among these challenges is finding a productive, post-military career. We have a responsibility to ensure our transitioning personnel have the support they need and deserve prior to separating and entering the civilian workforce.
We have conducted multiple transition studies and determined there was a need to better prepare our Soldiers for post-military service and enhance opportunities to connect Soldiers with the private sector. As a result, we published a new Transition Policy in August 2011 and later an Execution Order to focus on immediate transition policy actions. Also, we are supporting the White House Employment Initiative and the Department of Defense – Department of Veterans Affairs (DoD-VA) Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force (TF). The purpose is to develop a new transition training and services delivery model to maximize the career readiness of all Service Members. The TF Implementation Plan will follow in the next couple of months with detailed recommendations.
The Army and DoD-VA TF reviewed employment applications where Soldiers can connect with private sector employment opportunities. The Army has selected the Hero 2 Hired (H2H) employment application/tool www.H2H.jobs to provide one primary location where Soldiers of all components, Veterans, and Family Members can connect with private sector employment opportunities. This application is web-based and is able to translate military occupational skills (MOS), provide career path exploration, upload resumes, allow customized job searches, enable employers to also search for Veterans, and provide performance metrics. H2H will eventually be included on eBenefits, the single portal for transition benefits www.eBenefits.va.gov.
Commanders should encourage every Soldier to start using the H2H application as they prepare for transition. Leaders at all levels must continue to reinforce our commitment to Soldiers in the transition process by providing them with the training and tools to enable their success in post-Army life.