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Army initiatives assist transition, secure Soldiers’ life-long connection

On the heels of America’s longest war, and in the midst of budget-mandated downsizing, the Army is smoothing Soldiers’ transitions to civilian life. The increased partnership among the Soldier for Life Office, federal agencies and private organizations benefits transitioning Soldiers, encouraging them to remain Soldiers for Life.

Soldier for Life Centers
The Army recognizes that efforts to convince Soldiers to adopt the Soldier for Life mentality must be matched with improvements to the Army’s delivery of transition services. To that end, the Army’s new Soldier for Life Centers assist Soldiers and families in making educated decisions and sound plans during their service, in transition, and post transition. All related services may not be located in one building, but they will be easily identified by the Soldier for Life logo.

Synchronizing related services under the Soldier for Life umbrella encourages Soldiers to "Start Strong, Serve Strong, Reintegrate Strong, and Remain Strong." SFL Centers are part of the initial phase of implementing the Army Chief of Staff’s vision that all Soldiers are "Soldiers for Life." As such, Army transition services are available to all veterans and their family members. Retired Soldiers and their families have long been eligible to use these services.

Interagency Transition Summits
The Army, other federal agencies, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes initiative joined forces to co-host several Service Member Transition Summits, all of which are on or near several Army installations.

The summits teach Soldiers and their families best practices for transitioning. Each summit connects Soldiers with employers onsite, resulting in many on-the-spot job offers. Click here to see a list of upcoming summits.

Veterans Employment Center
The federal government developed an employment portal to support those veterans and families seeking jobs. The Veterans Employment Center (VEC) is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' eBenefits site. Any Soldier, veteran, or family member seeking employment assistance can use the VEC.

Smooth Takeoff
The VA and the Department of Labor provide Soldiers personalized benefit and employment assistance. This new initiative, called Smooth Takeoff, attempts to secure meaningful employment prior to separation date for Soldiers impacted by Army force reductions. Smooth Takeoff is managed through the VEC.

The Army fiercely appreciates the commitment of those who served honorably. That appreciation is reflected in the Army’s commitment to care for all of its Soldiers for Life, so they “Remain Strong” in communities across this great nation.