Early Separation....

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  1. tug_boat

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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I've never been a huge fan of the "let's find jobs for them" mentality.

    How about "let's give them the training they need to go out and find jobs."

    TAPS is pathetic at best in that department. The military needs to get better at providing the skills and training to transition, not the private sector to take the "hit" just to appear patriotic. Hire the best candidates.
     
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    Here it comes....

    I understand your view point and agree. But the wave of new job seekers is coming whether we as employers are ready or not. As a small business owner, I try to hire vets when I have openings. One we have a common bond, two, we communicate well, because we have had the same training, three, they have earned it. With the draw down they shouldn't have to come home to a bleak future.

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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I understand what you're saying. I don't believe anyone had "earned" employment in the private sector until they go out and get it.

    I got out in 2011, a fairly nasty time, as far as the recession was concerned, to look for a job. I had a top secret clearance. I had federal communications experience, training from the Defense Information School and I was well on my way to my master's.

    I took the one week TAPS course and learned about the best color tie to wear and that I should have personal business cards made up. That was the full extent the Department of Defense (through TAPS) and the Coast Guard helped me.

    It took me six months to find a job, as I ate away at savings. I joined a small firm and was placed on a federal contract where my prior experience was useful. The VP at the firm that hired me was also a CGA grad. I'm sure it didn't hurt that we had many of the same contacts, but if I didn't have the experience or training required, I wouldn't have that job.

    Often (not always) vets can communicate and have good training. Earning a job is up to them. Getting them the training and experiences that could translate into private sector jobs is up to the services.

    There's little to no feedback loop to the service. You get out, the folks processing you out do a horrible job. You go through a fragmented and incomplete checklist, and then you're done. There's no "please let us know how we did" phone call…. which is pretty telling, because in general, they do pretty poorly.
     
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