"Reverse boot camp" unveiled by President at VFW Convention
Troops leaving the military will go through a five- to seven-day reverse boot camp covering job skills, personal finances and veterans benefits under a new initiative to be announced by President Barack Obama on Monday.
At a speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Nevada, Obama will outline the program -- dubbed Transition Goals Planning Success, or Transition GPS -- as part of a wider effort to help curb veterans unemployment and the difficult integration into civilian life for many troops.
Some of the specific things this will focus on:
The new five-day transition curriculum, created by an interagency task force, will cover lessons in basic budgeting tips, resume preparation, dealing with family adjustment issues, and translating military skills into a civilian environment. Representatives from the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs will brief outgoing troops on post-service benefits.
Officials said troops will also be offered another two-day course in one of three categories: attending college, getting a technical or civilian-credentialed job, or starting a business from scratch.
Seems like a good idea generally. We spend a lot of time training people, and then let them out with their DD214, and no idea where to go. My only concern is that this doesn't get too bogged down in a one-size-fits-all mentality. When I got off deployments with the National Guard, I didn't need any of this. My problem was just getting released in time to get back to my job and law school, but other troops needed some serious help in figuring out what their first step would be. Ideally it would be great if we had every troop that was processing out a place to go, either school or a job or at least something stable. Then again, the military isn't a social system either, so I get that.
Looking forward to reading more about what the plan is here.