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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Army Strengthens Transition Assistance Program

  • January 25, 2012
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As part of an effort to ease soldiers’ transition to the civilian world, the Army now requires personnel to start the transition process one year before their separation date.

An Army execution order signed late last year places the responsibility for the transition program on commanders, rather than staff, reports the Army News Service.

Once soldiers register for the Army Career Alumni Program, they attend a counseling session and learn about the available services to help them return to school or find a job. Programs include a Labor Department employment workshop, resume-writing assistance and a Veterans Affairs benefits workshop. The program also will open up a toll-free assistance hotline this week.

The new requirement stems from a West Point study that found that the more time soldiers have to prepare for the next phase of their life, the more likely they are to succeed, according to the story.

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