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COMMUNITY CORNER - Transition program assists Soldiers with transitioning, career planning

By Col. Andrew Cole | GARRISON COMMANDER | July 14, 2014


Sooner or later we all enter the next phase of our Army careers – from active duty to civilian life – either through retirement or separation. However, if not prepared, transition can be quite stressful.

The Army is committed to providing an organized transition process that assists Soldiers and families with entering this next phase of their lives.

On June 20 the Chief of Staff of the Army announced a name change of the Army Career and Alumni Program – a program which has provided Soldiers with numerous transitioning services – to the Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program.

Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program provides transition and job assistance services that aid Soldiers in their future career planning. These services include pre-separation briefings, benefits briefings, resume workshops, education resources and job fairs.

The Fort Riley Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program office assists and processes almost 300 transitioning Soldiers per month.

Please take advantage of the resources available to you.

Soldiers and spouses may use the Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program up to two years prior to retirement or 18 months prior to separation.

I encourage you to use these services early – the more you use these services, the more successful you can be in your transition to civilian life.

Taking off the uniform, hanging up the patrol cap and putting away the combat boots for sneakers, slacks or even a suit can be daunting.

Our Soldiers have sacrificed a lot during their service. They have gained valuable skills that may be challenging to translate into marketable skills for the civilian world. The Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program helps Soldiers prepare their resumes before separation.

We want to give Soldiers the best opportunity to be successful outside of the military – and we want to ensure they know about all the benefits they are entitled to after separation.

The office of the Fort Riley Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program is located in Room 101 of Building 212. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – even during lunch hours – Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

For more information about the Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program, call 785-239-2278 or email acap.riley@serco-na.com.

Even though this very recent name change from ACAP to Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program is not yet apparent on internet sources, transition information can still be found on the Army’s official transition website at www.acap.army.mil.

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