Military service members in all Armed Forces services can use the Career Decision Toolkit to help find a job, articulate skills, and increase your level of confidence in the civilian workforce.
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DoD Career Decision Toolkit for Success After Military Separation

Military service members in all Armed Forces services can use the Career Decision Toolkit to help find a job, articulate skills, and increase your level of confidence in the civilian workforce.

A Defense Department resource, the Career Decision Toolkit helps separating military service members accurately communicate their military experiences and developed skill sets and translate them into marketable skills for a new career in the civilian workforce.

The Career Decision Toolkit includes a CD designed for convenience and mobility, with supportive information on job interviews, resumes, cover letters, negotiating pay, benefits, and sections for wounded warriors.


Returning military service members facing a downturned economy can use the Career Transition Toolkit to help find job specialties.

According to John R. Campbell, Deputy Undersecretary for Pentagon's Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy, the Career Decision Toolkit was created to help the 400,000-annually separating military service members transition smoothly into civilian employment.


Campbell, himself a Vietnam War veteran, believes that the disconnect between military service members and civilian jobs can be bridged by communication. Many civilian managers are unfamiliar with the highly desirable skills developed through years of military service. In addition, many military service members don't know their own value, or have trouble translating their military-learned skills into civilian workforce language.

According to Campbell, even military service members who have never competed in the job market before have marketable experience beyond most of their civilian peers, thanks to their military experiences. For example, military service members may be qualified to be community activists and managers s a result of their military roles.


Designed by Defense Department officials and Labor and Veterans Affairs departments, the Career Decision Toolkit is available at Transition Assistance Program centers and military family support offices, as part of the military transition course for separation.

As the Career Decision Toolkit continues to evolve to meet the needs of returning military service members, resources are updated and become available to military service members. Check back often and see the support services available to help guide you from military career to your civilian success.


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