Soldier for Life Overview LTC Jon Sowards Director,

Soldier for Life Overview LTC Jon Sowards Director,

Soldier for Life Overview LTC Jon Sowards Director, Central Region, Soldier for Life Unclassified Soldier for Life Campaign Mission Soldier for Life connects Army, governmental, and community efforts to build relationships that facilitate successful reintegration of our Soldiers, Retired Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families in order to keep them Army Strong and instill their values, ethos, and leadership within communities. Ed uc a h alt He Government t io n Army Community Employment Information

Endstate Soldiers, Veterans, and Families leave military service career ready and find an established network of enablers connecting them with the employment, education, and healthcare required to successfully reintegrate into civilian society. Unclassified 2 Soldier & Family Life Cycle Serve Strong Technical and Leadership experience PME supports continued development Credentialing, Certifications and Licensing Family support and assistance programs MySECO/MyCAA ACT / COOL / JST 2 Re-integrate Strong 1 Start Strong Recruit Top 29% HS Diploma / College PaYS Partner (Partnerships for Youth Success) Initial Entry Training (IET) Future Soldier Spouse Orientation

Army Values and Warrior Ethos Reintegrate Strong Start Strong Remain 4 SFL-TAP 3 Retirement Services National Guard / Reserve Army Network / Mentors Community Action Teams Apprenticeships/Internships Military OneSource Strong Community Reception National Guard / Reserve VSO / MSO Retired Soldiers / Veterans Mentor, Leader, Volunteer Community / Civic Leaders 3 Scope

Army Population Active Army ARNG 490,326 349,042 USAR Retired Soldiers Surviving Spouses Total 198,698 944,793 249,765 2.23M 128,000 Soldiers separated from the Army in 2014

95,790 Soldiers separated in 2014 32, 210 Soldiers retired in 2014 Credentialing, Career Skills Programs and Student Veterans 4 Professional Requirements Veterans to Work (VOW) Act of 2011; Public Law 112-56 Changes to Transition Assistance Program ETS = attend Soldier for Life-TAP (ACAP) 365 days prior to ETS date Retirement = attend Soldier for Life TAP 730 days prior to retirement date Army Directive 2014-18, Army Career and Alumni Program Paragraph 3.a.: Commanders will ensure that all transitioning Soldiers fully participate and meet all transition requirements. DoDI 1322.29: Job Training, Employment Skills Training, Apprenticeships, and Internships (JTEST-AI) signed 24 Jan 14 Army Directive 2015-12 (Implementation Guidance for Credentialing Program and Career Skills Program) Authorizes Soldiers to attend a career skills program during last 6 months of service Approval is O-5 level commander 5 Credentialing, Certificates, and Licenses (CCL) Credentialing, Certificates, and Licenses (CCL) Supports White House We Cant Wait Initiative, Veterans Employment Initiative, and NDAA 2012

Recognizes that a civilian credentialed Soldier is a better trained Soldier and adds value to unit while also making them more employable upon separation Designed to translate military skills into marketable civilian CCLs 96 Pilot Programs in 47 MOSs either implemented or planned 18,162 Soldiers enrolled in CCL programs, with 15,465 CCLs achieved Army policy authorizes up to $800 per year for a Soldier to take a credential or certification exam that relates to their MOS. Requires at least 1 year remaining on active duty Credentials related to MOSs can be using the Credentialing Opportunities Online (Army COOL) https://www.cool.army.mil/ 6 Army University Initiative Idea is to consolidate 200+ TRADOC education programs under one umbrella; anticipate fully operational by November 2017 ArmyU will work to improve transferability/acceptance of credits earned as Soldiers move from location to location ArmyU seeks to expand accredited college credits for portions of PME offered throughout the Army's Centers and Schools ArmyU seeks to develop/adopt additional nationally recognized professional certifications for more of its MOSs ArmyU seeks to improve state/regional reciprocity of Soldiers' credentials ArmyU seeks to expand partnerships and collaboration with civilian post-secondary education institutions (research, degree programs), businesses and industry (training with industry, technical certifications, etc.) We believe professional certification and post-secondary degrees will help showcase our Soldiers as the professionals they are and will help to build competence, character, and commitment Once Soldiers reach the ends of their careers in the Army, the certifications and degrees they earned while serving will be beneficial to them as they transition into civilian careers and continue to contribute to the betterment of our Nation

7 Career Skills Program Partnerships with private industry and labor unions to train transitioning Soldiers for immediate high-skill job placement Authorizes Soldiers within 180 days of separation to participate in apprenticeship and on-the-job-training a career skills program; approval is at the O5 Level Supports Army Directive 2015-12 (Implementation Guidance for Credentialing Program and Career Skills Program, MAR 15) Reduces/avoids Unemployment Compensation costs (high job placement rates to date) Unique CSP industries include: automotive; welding, HVAC/R; truck driving; sprinkler fitter fire suppression; solar energy; communications; human resources; information technology; industrial applications; and manufacturing.

CSPs include: Apprenticeships, On-the-Job Training, Job Shadowing, Employment Skills Training, and Internships Industry partnerships are key to success CSPs. ABF Freight (ABF) vignette Over 98 CSP classes conducted between 1 Oct 2013 to 1 Aug 2015 across 15 installations CSPs are optional based on the needs of the local Soldier population and the mission requirements as prescribed by the installation commander. 8 8 Local CSP Programs Fort Carson, CO Welding Dep of Energy Pilot Piping Fort Riley, KS CDL Law Enforcement JBLM, WA

Piping Welding HVAC CDL Painters IT/Software Fort Campbell, KY Piping Fort Drum, NY CDL Fort Eustis, VA CDL Fort Sill, OK CDL Sprinkler Fitter Fort Bragg, NC CDL Facility Engineers Fort Bliss, TX CDL Fort Gordon, GA Firefighters IT/Software Fort Rucker, AL Firefighters

Career Skills Program Reporting as of: 13 APR 2015 Fort Hood, TX Sheet metal IT/Software Piping Shifting Gears/GM Fort Polk, LA Oil/Gas Piping Welding Construction Fort Stewart, GA Power Lineman JBL Audio Tech Fort Benning, GA CDL 9 Unclassified Who are todays Student Veterans? 73% are male; 27% are female Only 15% of Student Veterans are traditional aged college students; most are between 24 and 40 47% have children 47.3% are married 62% are first generation students

Source: www.va.gov 10 Student Veteran Intangible Skills More mature and focused Strong leadership skills and ability to work with a team to get the job done Ability to bring a group of differing backgrounds together to solve problems Strong moral values Know how to manage their time 11 Questions Once a Soldier, Always a SoldierA Soldier for Life! Unclassified 12 Resources Soldier for Life - www.soldierforlife.army.mil/ Army Retirement Services - http://www.armyg1.army.mil/retire

Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program - www.acap.army.mil/ Army National Guard and Army Reserve Department of Labor (DOL VETS) - www.dol.gov/vets/programs/ eBenefits Employment Site Job Seekers: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs Employers: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/employers Department of Veterans Affairs - www.va.gov National Resource Directory - www.nrd.gov

Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) - https://www.cool.army.mil/ Joint Service Transcript (JST) - https://jst.doded.mil Employers Support of Guard and Reserve - http://www.esgr.mil My Army Benefits - http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/ Hiring Our Heroes (HoH) - http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes Institute for Military Veterans and Families - http://vets.syr.edu/ National Association of State Approving Agencies - http://www.nasaa-vetseducation.com/ National Guard Employment Network - http://www.msccn.org/NationalGuard/ Job Connection Education Program (JCEP) - http://jcep.info/ NRD.GOV

Unclassified 13 Join the Conversation Facebook: www.facebook.com/StrongSoldierForLife Twitter: www.twitter.com/csaSoldier4life @csaSoldier4Life #SoldierForLife Website: soldierforlife.army.mil Unclassified 14

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