Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Army Issues Directive to Meet Transition Requirements Under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act

A new Army directive to help guide Soldiers separating from Active Duty was issued and distributed to commanders and ACAP personnel on June 23rd from Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh.

The new document outlines steps, procures, and requirements of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the Defense Department and Department of Veteran’s Affairs Veterans Employment Initiative for Soldiers separating from active duty. The document provides a framework for out-processing Soldiers at a time of one of the biggest drawdowns since World War II.

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act orders ACAP centers to offer pre-transitioning advising sessions, a VA benefits seminar, and civilian employment workshops to all transitioning Soldiers to successfully equip them in their transition from military to civilian careers.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall ACAP Transition Services Manager Carlos Rodriguez calls the directive “the small transition Bible for the Army,” and has begun to use it to help Soldiers with their career plans after the military.

Rodriguez recommends that Soldiers start planning for their transition and begin working with their ACAP about 18 to 24 months out from leaving the service, so that the requirements of the new mandate can be met in a timely fashion.

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