ACAP to offer Feb. 6-9 workshop for
military personnel at McCoy
|Military personnel nearing separation or retirement can
attend in-depth retirement training at Fort McCoy Feb. 6-9 through the
Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP).
Tom Kunz, the Fort McCoy ACAP counselor, said the first day of the
workshop is a pre-retirement briefing, which is open to military,
civilians and Family members.
The Fort McCoy ACAP office is aligned with the Fort Knox, Ky., ACAP.
ACAP seminars are presented at Fort McCoy on an approximately quarterly
basis, with the next one scheduled for May.
The information presented during the ACAP training is geared to
active-duty Soldiers and to Guard or Reserve personnel with 180 days of
continuous duty who are within one year of leaving the military and also
is available to Department of Defense (DoD) civilians within two years
of retirement eligibility, Kunz said.
The remainder of the training is spent in the Transition Assistance
“This covers employment, resume writing, interviewing skills and
dressing for success,” Kunz said. “It’s aimed at Soldiers and retired
military veterans and their transition to a civilian career.”
ACAP is designed to help military veterans determine if they want to
work or if they want to retire, he said.
All of the choices of transitioning to a civilian career or remaining in
the military are covered.
Kunz’ office formerly was attached to the mobilization/demobilization
program, and the office moved to building 2187 when the mobilization
program ended at Fort McCoy.
ACAP covers a number of benefits available to separating and retiring
Among the topics covered are TRICARE, Veterans Affairs/Help Center
assistance, life insurance, finances, state and disabled veterans
Department of Labor personnel present TAP workshops, which help
servicemembers develop individual transition plans, he said.
“If servicemembers who are separating or retiring want to work, ACAP
will do everything it can to help them get a job,” Kunz said. “It’s
better for the veterans to have a job if they want one, and it saves the
government from spending money to provide unemployment benefits.”
ACAP services also are available around-the-clock at the website
www.acap.army.mil. Kunz said the
information on the site can be used to help prepare for an ACAP workshop
or for review or further study to maintain or expand employability
ACAP has been in existence for 20 years and has established a good track
record of providing employment information to servicemembers, he said.
“No one really is knocking on your door to tell you about the options
available when you’re leaving the military,” Kunz said. “This program
helps educate servicemembers to make the right choice.”
Kunz is available weekdays to answer questions by calling 608-388-7941.
Retirement services for Department of Defense civilian employees in the
Fort McCoy work force, including briefings, are handled through the
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at Fort McCoy.