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Military Transition Action Timeline

18 Months

Gather information you need to make decisions about the future.

  • 1) Start a where to live list.

    • Begin your “Where do I want to live list?” with three to five locations.
    • Use the internet to check out cost of living, job market and other factors for each location.
    • Calculate your eligibility for a VA-guaranteed home loan.
    • If you're thinking about joining the Reserves or National Guard, look for Reserve/National Guard unit locations.
    • Narrow your list of places to live down to your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices.
  • 2) Describe your perfect job.

    • What kind of job is perfect for you?
    • How will you use your current skills in a new job?
  • 3) Get the facts on available support and necessary paperwork.

  • 4) Start and grow your network.

    • Write down three things you'll do to start or grow your network.
    • Make sure you utilize the services provided by military support organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
    • Start making informal contacts with people who can provide support as you transition (including fellow military peers and people in the civilian workforce who have jobs or work at companies you might be interested in).

12 Months

Start making concrete plans about your future.

Select one of the following paths:

  1. Find out which companies have a good reputation for hiring veterans, such as Bank of America.
    • Talk with recently retired or separated veterans about the companies they're working for.
    • Using websites like LinkedIn and Indeed, compile a list of companies that might be able to use your skills.
  2. Explore your career potential.
    • Begin lists of your talents, skills and knowledge.
    • Check your lists with several people who know you well.
    • Use your information to begin building your resume.
    • As needed, use resume builders available on the internet.
  3. Determine if you need more education or training.
  • Networking

    Add people to your network in the jobs or companies you are interested in.

  • Skills

    Identify civilian jobs that are commensurate with your position in the military.

  • Finance

    Gather information from the internet on salaries for potential career choices using websites like LinkedIn, Indeed and Glassdoor.

  • Resources

    Utilize the resources on the eBenefits web site.

  1. Start your research on government jobs.
    • See which federal jobs allow you to transfer your experience and training and at what pay level you'll be classified.
    • Set up a USAJobs account so you can develop saved searches and have job alerts sent to your email.
  2. Review application forms and start a resume.
    • Begin lists of your talents, skills and knowledge.
    • Check your lists with several people who know you well.
    • Use your information to begin building your resume.
    • As needed, use resume builders available on the internet.
  3. Determine if you need more education or training.
  • Networking

    Add people to your network who have government jobs.

  • Skills

    Identify federal jobs that are commensurate with your position in the military.

  • Finance

    Gather background information on working for the government.

  • Resources

    Read this article, for example, to get some basic information on how to get a job in the federal government.

  1. Check out the SBA (Small Business Administration) site.
    • Explore the site to find out what services and training are offered.
    • Explore any SBA grants or loans for which you may be eligible.
    • Bookmark locations on sites that you want to return to.
  2. Check out the VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization site.
    • Explore the site to find out what services and training are offered.
    • Explore the site to find out what opportunities exist for veterans starting a business.
    • Bookmark locations on sites that you want to return to.
  3. Determine if you have the traits of a successful entrepreneur.
  • Networking

    Add people to your network who have started their own businesses.

  • Skills

    Review your ratings on the Am I an Entrepreneur worksheet. Identify weak areas and make a plan for improving those traits.

  • Finance

    Start gathering information about the financial aspects of starting a business including start-up costs, ongoing costs and potential return. Research programs for funding veterans' businesses.

  • Resources

    Bookmark the SBA and VA sites. Explore them often. Download useful resources. Be sure to start a list of potential clients, vendors and suppliers for your business.

  1. Use the VA’s decision-making tools to help you get the most from your benefits.
    • Review your Perfect Job worksheet.
    • Determine if you want to stay in the same career or switch to a new one.
    • Determine if you want or need to go to school full time or part time.
  2. Determine what education or training is required for your career.
    • Research the skills and training needed for career(s) you might want to pursue.
    • Identify the type of degree, training or certification you will need to pursue.
    • Make a list of your talents, skills and knowledge.
    • Use your information to begin building your resume.
  3. Check out your eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.
    • Download the program pamphlet for additional information.
    • Research states with special education benefits for veterans.
    • Research veteran-friendly schools that offer your specialty.
  • Networking

    Add people to your network who are considering enrolling or are enrolled in an education program.

  • Skills

    Start to refresh skills needed for tests, such as the GMAT; confirm schedules for testing. Take preparation classes.

  • Finance

    Gather information on the internet about which jobs are going to be in high demand and potential salaries for careers in those fields.

  • Resources

    Search the internet for schools and states that have special benefits for veterans returning to school. Be sure to bookmark the sites.

9 Months

Focus on refining your "story."

Select one of the following paths:

  1. Review your talents, skills and knowledge and identify companies that could use them.
    • Review your perfect job and identify companies that meet those criteria.
    • Look at companies that have facilities in the places you want to consider living.
  2. Begin translating your talents, skills and knowledge into civilian language.
    • Ask someone in your network to review your civilian descriptions.
    • Practice describing yourself in civilian language to someone in your network.
  • Networking

    Work on your networking etiquette by using civilian language to describe yourself. Be sure to carefully maintain your social media footprint.

  • Skills

    With the Using Civilian Language worksheet, continue to refine the description of your skills.

  • Finance

    Create a rough budget based on your plans for the future.

  • Resources

    Get some photos in civilian clothing and a civilian email address. Be active on LinkedIn or other professional websites. Build out your profile on these sites.

  1. Determine your job category.
  2. Begin translating your talents, skills and knowledge into civilian language.
    • Ask someone in your network to review your civilian descriptions.
    • Practice describing yourself in civilian language to someone in your network.
  • Networking

    Work on your networking etiquette by using civilian language to describe yourself. Be sure to carefully maintain your social media footprint.

  • Skills

    With the Using Civilian Language worksheet, continue to refine the description of your skills.

  • Finance

    Create a rough budget based on your plans for the future.

  • Resources

    Get a civilian email address and photos. Join LinkedIn or other professional websites. Sign up for notifications of open government positions.

  1. Document your talents, skills and knowledge.
    • Check your lists with several people who know you well.
    • Check your skills against those needed to be successful in starting a business.
  2. Determine if you need more education or training.
  3. Begin completing the ten steps to starting a business.
    • Search online for examples of each step and document your progress.
    • Complete the questions in the Resources for Veterans Wizard to find additional resources.
    • Determine if you want to own a franchise or own a new business and then focus your ten steps on the path you choose.
  • Networking

    Add people to your network who have started businesses in the area you are targeting. Utilize Local Assistance offered by the SBA.

  • Skills

    Review your Improving the Skills I Need worksheet and make a plan for improving the skills for which you will need training or assistance. Determine if you are eligible for training under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

  • Finance

    Gather information on franchise fees and costs for renting space for a business in the area to which you'd like to relocate. Create a budget for your personal expenses.

  • Resources

    Get some photos in civilian clothing and a civilian email address. Be active on LinkedIn or other professional websites. Build out your profile on these sites.

  1. Check out schools that offer appropriate education or training.
    • Make a list of schools you want to consider and gather more information.
    • Make a list of questions you need to ask about colleges or vocational schools.
    • Identify programs that will give you the training you need.
    • Narrow your list of potential schools and gather facts.
  2. Complete applications and financial aid paperwork for the schools you have selected.
    • Describe your talents, skills and knowledge, transferable credits and educational goals in civilian language.
    • Make sure that you receive credit for your military experience.
  • Networking

    Identify mentors who can provide concrete advice on what you need to be doing at this stage concerning applications, tests and other items.

  • Skills

    Schedule any tests or certifications you will need for acceptance into a program. Prepare to describe your education goals clearly and how you will use what you learn.

  • Finance

    Create a rough budget based on your plans for the future. Gather additional information on costs and educational benefits for veterans in different states.

  • Resources

    Get some photos in civilian clothing and a civilian email address. Be active on LinkedIn or other professional websites. Build out your profile on these sites.

6 Months

Determine how you will replace certain benefits.

Select one of the following paths:

  1. Determine which benefits you'll have to replace, including medical and life insurance, direct savings plan (TSP) and banking services.
  2. Finalize your resume.
    • Check the clarity of your resume with people who have not been in the military.
    • Ensure your resume and list of skills are written in civilian language and use relevant language from job postings.
    • Make sure you're comfortable describing yourself in civilian language.
  3. Conduct practice interviews with people in your network.
    • Identify positions you're interested in and start interviewing for those positions.
    • Identify positions at local companies for which you can interview.
    • Get tips on informational interviews.
    • Attend career or hiring fairs.
  • Networking

    Identify mentors with whom you can have practice interviews and informal conversations.

  • Skills

    Identify civilian jobs that are commensurate with your position in the military.

  • Finance

    Make a plan for transitioning your resources. Begin identifying what benefits you'll have to replace. Refine your where to live and where to work lists.

  • Resources

    Even if you will be covered by a transition medical plan, do some research on health insurance benefits. Search for jobs on sites like Bank of America, Monster and CareerBuilder.

  1. Determine which benefits you'll have to replace, including medical and life insurance, direct savings plan (TSP) and banking services.
  2. Finalize your resume.
    • Check the clarity of your resume with people who have not been in the military.
    • Ensure your resume and 6 Month - Get a federal job - list of skills are written in civilian language and use relevant language from job postings.
    • Make sure you're comfortable describing yourself in civilian language.
  3. Conduct practice interviews with people in your network.
    • Identify government positions you're interested in and start interviewing for those positions.
    • Identify a position you're interested in and ask someone with experience in that type of work to interview you.
    • Get tips on informational interviews.
  • Networking

    Identify mentors with whom you can have practice interviews and informal conversations.

  • Skills

    Make sure that you are ready to begin applying for government jobs.

  • Finance

    Make a plan for transitioning your resources. Begin identifying what benefits you'll have to replace. Refine your where to live and where to work lists.

  • Resources

    Even if you will be covered by a transition medical plan, do some research on health insurance benefits.

  1. Determine which benefits you'll have to replace, including medical and life insurance, direct savings plan (TSP) and banking services.
  2. Continue with the Ten Steps to Starting a Business.
    • Ensure that your business plan is in order.
    • Ensure that you are taking timely steps to complete legal and tax requirements.
    • Research marketing plan templates and start drafting your own.
  • Networking

    Identify mentors in your network who can provide feedback on the documents you are creating for your business.

  • Skills

    Make sure that the documents you're creating for your business use civilian rather than military terminology.

  • Finance

    Make a plan for transitioning your resources to a new bank or credit union. Begin identifying what benefits you'll have to replace. Refine your where to live list.

  • Resources

    Even if you will be covered by a transition medical plan, do some research on health insurance benefits.

  1. Determine which benefits you'll have to replace, including medical and life insurance, direct savings plan (TSP) and banking services.
    • Understand your options for medical and dental coverage.
    • Determine what health benefits you may have as a student at a particular school.
    • Check out the banking services offered by Bank of America for checking and savings accounts.
  2. Refine your list of potential schools.
    • Gather detailed information on potential schools concerning costs, reputation, culture and match to your career goals.
  3. Ensure that you're completing admissions tasks on time.
    • Schedule any tests or certifications you'll need for acceptance into a program.
    • Ensure all paperwork for admission and financial aid have been received by the schools.
    • If you're using the GI Bill, check on the status of your benefits.
  • Networking

    Fill in your online bio on sites like LinkedIn. Make sure that the rest of your online footprint reflects you in a good light. People will check your facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • Skills

    If you don't ace the admissions test on the first attempt, schedule to take it again. The school will take your highest score.

  • Finance

    Begin identifying what benefits you'll have to replace. Make a plan for transitioning your resources. Refine your Evaluating Schools to Attend worksheet.

  • Resources

    Even if you will be covered by a transition medical plan, do some research on health insurance benefits. Stay in touch with your school's admissions office.

3 Months

Finalize details for your transition.

Select one of the following paths:

  1. Double check your resume.
    • Ensure your resume is free of errors.
    • Make sure it includes the important information but is not too long.
    • Ask individuals in your network to review your resume and make suggestions.
    • Adjust your resume to specific jobs you apply for.
  2. Continue interviewing with companies in the area where you will live.
  3. Check out resources that will help a military spouse find a job, go to school or get a certification for a new career.
  • Networking

    Stay in touch with your network, keeping them informed of your status. Ask one of your mentors to review the details of your transition plan.

  • Skills

    Continue to monitor what other people can find out about you online and carefully control your social media “footprint."

  • Finance

    Finalize your personal financial plan for your transition and the six months’ following. Begin transitioning your resources.

  • Resources

    Search the internet for information on fun and interesting things to do in the location to which you will be moving.

  1. Double check your resume.
    • Ensure your resume is free of errors.
    • Make sure it includes the important information but is not too long.
    • Ask individuals in your network to review your resume and make suggestions.
    • Adjust your resume to specific jobs you apply for.
  2. Continue interviewing for government positions in the area where you will live.
  3. Check out resources that will help a military spouse find a job, go to school or get a certification for a new career.
  • Networking

    Stay in touch with your network, keeping them informed of your status. Ask one of your mentors to review the details of your transition plan.

  • Skills

    Continue to monitor what other people can find out about you online and carefully control your social media footprint.

  • Finance

    Finalize your personal financial plan for your transition and the six months’ following. Begin transitioning your resources.

  • Resources

    Search the internet for information on fun and interesting things to do in the location to which you will be moving.

  1. Finalize the Ten Steps to Starting a Business documents.
    • Ensure that you have the financial resources you need to start.
    • Ensure that you have taken care of all necessary legal and tax requirements.
  2. Visit the area where your business will be established.
    • Meet other business owners in your area.
    • Make sure you can describe yourself and your business in civilian terms.
    • Practice your elevator speech.
  3. Check out resources that will help a military spouse find a job, go to school or get a certification for a new career.
  • Networking

    Stay in touch with the people in your network and add local leaders from the area in which your business will be located.

  • Skills

    Make sure you're ready to manage — financially and emotionally — any employees that you hire.

  • Finance

    Finalize your personal financial plan for your transition and the six months’ following. Begin transitioning your resources.

  • Resources

    Utilize every opportunity you find for free advertising — online, in the local newspaper and at community events.

  1. Be prepared to succeed at school.
    • See if there are any preparation courses you can take online.
    • Visit the campus.
    • If possible, buy required texts and become familiar with the topics that will be covered.
  2. Be ready to meet other students and professors.
  3. Check out resources that will help a military spouse find a job, go to school or get a certification for a new career.
  • Networking

    Monitor what other people can find out about you online and carefully control your social media “footprint.”

  • Skills

    Review information related to your area of study.

  • Finance

    Finalize your personal financial plan for your transition and the six months’ following. Begin transitioning your resources.

  • Resources

    If you pre-register for classes, do some preparation such as previewing texts and checking past class blogs. Make sure you have a personal email address at the school.

1 Month

Make sure you're ready for the big move.

Select one of the following paths:

  1. Ensure the details of your move, finances, and housing are in order.
    • Keep important documents and valuables with you.
    • Cancel or transfer current services and memberships.
    • Complete change of address forms.
  2. Ensure you have your Form DD-214.
    • The Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the veteran's condition of discharge — honorable, general, other than honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct.
    • The Report of Separation contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
  3. Continue interviewing, checking for openings online and submitting your resume.
    • Stay in touch with people in your network.
    • Search for new openings at companies you have identified as good places to work.
  • Networking

    If you have not secured a job, let your network know that you have successfully transitioned to civilian life and would appreciate recommendations and news of opportunities.

  • Skills

    Be ready to tell your story: describe your skills, why you are interested in a particular job and what you think your contributions can be.

  • Finance

    Stay within your planned budget — no big ticket, unplanned purchases.

  • Resources

    Check the job sites you have identified as useful every day.

  1. Ensure the details of your move, finances, and housing are in order.
    • Keep important documents and valuables with you.
    • Cancel or transfer current services and memberships.
    • Complete change of address forms.
  2. Ensure you have your Form DD-214.
    • The Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the veteran's condition of discharge — honorable, general, other than honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct.
    • The Report of Separation contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
  3. Continue interviewing, checking for openings online and submitting your resume.
    • Stay in touch with people in your network.
    • Search for new openings in the job categories that you have identified.
  • Networking

    If you have not secured a job, let your network know that you have successfully transitioned to civilian life and would appreciate recommendations and news of opportunities.

  • Skills

    Be ready to tell your story: describe your skills, why you are interested in a particular job and what you think your contributions can be.

  • Finance

    Stay within your planned budget — no big ticket, unplanned purchases.

  • Resources

    Check the job sites you have identified as useful every day.

  1. Ensure the details of your move, finances, and housing are in order.
    • Keep important documents and valuables with you.
    • Cancel or transfer current services and memberships.
    • Complete change of address forms.
  2. Ensure the details of your business are in order.
    • Complete all legal, financial and supplier documents.
    • Have a marketing plan ready to launch.
    • Continue improving your skills with online courses and reading.
  3. Ensure you have your Form DD-214.
    • The Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the veteran's condition of discharge — honorable, general, other than honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct.
    • The Report of Separation contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
  • Networking

    Check out business councils and volunteer opportunities in your area.

  • Skills

    Be ready to work hard and have a plan to get over the bumps in the road.

  • Finance

    Stay within your planned budget — no big ticket, unplanned purchases.

  • Resources

    Stay informed of news related to the industry or area in which you will open your business.

  1. Ensure the details of your move, finances, and housing are in order.
    • Keep important documents and valuables with you.
    • Cancel or transfer current services and memberships.
    • Complete change of address forms.
  2. Ensure you have your Form DD-214.
    • The Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the veteran's condition of discharge — honorable, general, other than honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct.
    • The Report of Separation contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
  3. Ensure you're ready to start school or training.
    • Complete all registration and enrollment documents.
    • Register for classes.
    • Continue improving your skills with online courses and reading.
  • Networking

    Make sure that your network is robust with professors, other students who will be in your program as well as administrators. Consider joining or starting a "club" for veterans at the school or in the specific program.

  • Skills

    Be ready to tell your story: describe your skills, why you're interested in a particular career and what you think your contributions will be. Be ready to join in; ask questions, focus and ask for help when you need it.

  • Finance

    Stay within your planned budget — no big ticket, unplanned purchases.

  • Resources

    Make sure you have a link to the campus or program newsletters. See if there are any clubs or volunteer opportunities on campus or in the community where you can make connections.