New ACAP/TAP course to be offered
Feb. 4-8 at Fort McCoy
|A new Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)/Department
of Labor (DoL) Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop will be held
at Fort McCoy Feb. 4-8 to help Soldiers transition to civilian life
under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act.
Tom Kunz, Fort McCoy ACAP counselor, said the new program emphasizes the
need for Soldiers to begin transition education and assistance no later
than 12 months prior to separation to ensure they are ready to embark on
a civilian career and/or education.
After they are enrolled in the ACAP program, Soldiers immediately can go
to www.acap.army.mil to find ACAP
information, contact ACAP counselors anytime and anywhere, and begin the
transition process by initiating their pre-separation counseling. The
list of the Army’s 54 ACAP Centers also can be found on the ACAP
“Transition is a continual process, not an event; the earlier
individuals begin preparing, the more successful they will be,” Kunz
said. “The new program will help give them the tools they need to be
The Fort McCoy program will be comprised of a pre-retirement briefing
Feb. 4. The ACAP and pre-separation briefing will follow from Feb. 5-7.
A financial management workshop will be held Feb. 8. Soldiers and their
spouses are welcome to attend the free training at McCoy’s, building
The theme of the new ACAP program is “Army Transition: Ensuring Lifelong
Success of our Soldiers.”
Kunz said the groundwork to support the program began with the signing
of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and its implementation into law Nov. 21,
2012. VOW mandates pre-separation counseling, a Veterans Affairs
benefits briefing, and a DoL Employment Workshop for all Soldiers.
Under the new program, Soldiers are encouraged to review all their
options, including career and educational opportunities, Kunz said.
The program emphasizes helping Soldiers translate their military career
accomplishments into civilian language that will help them get jobs in
the civilian sector. Kunz said, likewise, the program will emphasize
what former Soldiers can bring to the job.
By demonstrating their Army Values in a civilian workplace, former
Soldiers can set an example that can inspire coworkers. The Army Values
of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and
personal courage are attributes for success in any setting, Kunz said.
The Transition Policy Initiative includes mandating an Individual
Transition Plan, aligning and integrating education/employment services
and functions under a single proponent, and expanding virtual services
for career and education counseling before, during and after deployment.
Soldiers participating in the program will choose to get specialized
counseling/assistance in one of three tracks: education, technical
skills or small-business ownership, Kunz said.
“The program has been designed to provide them an individual transition
program to provide in-depth information about one of these topics to
help ensure their future career success,” Kunz said. “Everyone who
leaves the workshop will have a working resume, interviewing skills and
may have several job applications filled out.”
The Army is using Hero 2 Hired (H2H) to provide one primary location
where Soldiers of all components, veterans and Family members can
connect with private industry employment opportunities.
The Web-based application at www.H2H.jobs allows users to translate
military occupational skills, explore potential career paths, upload
resumes and perform customized job searches, he said.
The workshop is free to qualified Soldiers and their spouses. For more
information, call Kunz at 608-388-7941.