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Get Help Balancing Your Military and Civilian Jobs2 minute read • Aug. 3, 2023
National Guard members have plenty of responsibilities to think about. Worrying about civilian job security shouldn’t be one of them. Read on for vital information on how to handle both your civilian career and National Guard career.
Your workplace protocol
Need help maintaining your civilian job while serving in the National Guard? Look no further. This is your home for tips, advice and information about your employment rights as a service member. Here you’ll learn how to head off problems with your employer, how to get back into the swing of things when you return from deployment, as well as details on how the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act protects your job.
Tips to help you avoid job conflicts
Don’t leave your employer in the dark. Being candid about your obligations as a service member and preparing ahead can avoid most employment conflict and help keep your boss on your side. See ways you can help protect your job.
Your employment rights
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the armed forces, reserves, National Guard or other “uniformed services” (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service, (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty, and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service.
Returning to work after deployment
Upon returning to your routine duties, you may notice changes in yourself, your coworkers or your work environment. With information from the Department of Labor, learn examples of potential difficulties you may face and some tips on how to overcome then and successfully rejoin the workplace.
NGB Employer Support can also help you land your next job and ensure you find the right career fit for your civilian life. Check out Workforce Development Career Center Websites and Veterans Representatives by State and Territory to find answers, get job hunting tips, and take advantage of posted job openings.