Separation & Transition | Going from Military to Civilian
You've made the decision to leave the military, now it's time to make the most of it. Returning to civilian life can be a big change — but like most things, a little planning can go a long way. Military OneSource has the information you need to have a smooth military separation and a successful return to civilian life.
Military Retirement: Do You Have This Covered?
Transitioning to civilian life is just like everything else in military life. Doing it successfully takes preparation.
Read This: Must-Dos for Separating
You've made the decision. Now it's time to make the most of it. There's a list of tasks to accomplish, and most of them come with a due date.
Deciding Where to Live When You Leave the Military
The day will come when you're preparing to get out of the military. You might have spent many an hour already thinking about where you want to live when you get out. Now it's time to get practical.
Transition Assistance Programs and Resources
The military has an extensive array of services to help make your separation a success. If you're an active-duty service member, National Guard and Reserve Component service member, or service member's spouse, you can take advantage of these transition assistance resources and more.
Your Career Path: Finding the Right Job
What kind of job are you looking for when you leave the military? Most people look for location, salary and job stability. But there's much more to finding great jobs for veterans.
Programs That Hire Veterans
Many organizations in the civilian world value your experience, skills, work ethic and training as a service member. Here are ways to connect with employers committed to hiring veterans.
Veterans Affairs Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Members
Guard and reserve members are entitled to benefits and services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, just like their active-duty counterparts. The VA can help Guard and reserve members cover the cost of school, secure a home loan or acquire life insurance.
How to Write a Civilian Resume
Your resume is a summary of your background and experience, and it's likely to be the first information about you that an employer will see. These tips will help you make a resume that stands out.
4 Tips for Transition and Career Success
Making the transition into civilian life is exciting, but does take preparation. Make sure you are well-prepared by following these four tips.
MySTeP Supports Spouses Throughout Their Military Journey
The Department of Defense recognizes the role of the spouse in a smooth military transition, and has developed a new tool, called the Military Spouse Transition Program, designed to bolster your military spouse success at each step of the journey, from the beginning to the end of your family’s military experience.
Military Transition to Civilian Life Comes with a Full Year of Support from Military OneSource
Hanging up your uniform and transitioning to civilian life can be both exciting and confusing. It may come with a lot of questions. Have you figured out your civilian career? Found a health care plan yet? Secured a new home base?
Credentialing Your Military Experience
You're looking to join the civilian world and that means job-hunting. Here's the good news: As a service member, you're part of one of the best-trained workforces in the world.
Is Your Next Step Joining the Reserves? Get the Basics.
More than one in four active duty service members tell us they intend to join the reserves. It can be a great option for lots of service members.
Re-enlist, Reserves, or Transition? 4 Things to Consider
Maybe you're just ending your first tour of duty. Maybe you've fulfilled your obligation to your country. Now, you're at a crossroads—re-enlist, reserves, transition out? How do you know you're making the right call?
12 Ways to Land That Civilian Job
You've proven your commitment, discipline and resourcefulness in the military world. Now it's time to trade in your experience for a great job. Just like everything, it's all about readiness and attitude. Start early. Be prepared. Go for it.
Building Your Federal Resume
A federal government job is often a great transition for military personnel. But a resume for a federal job is different from a civilian resume. It's longer, more detailed and includes specific job-related terminology.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Basics
The first step toward owning your own home is meeting with a lender to secure a loan. The Home Loan Program, through the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a substantial benefit you have earned with your military service. These invaluable loans require no down payment, no private mortgage insurance, and negotiable interest rates.