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Table of Contents 4.......... Working for the DoD 6.......... Live hands-on training in an HVAC house 7.......... Learn about your beneďŹ ts: Get user savvy ............ on your Montgomery and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill 8.......... Deciding on where to relocate after the service 9.......... Animal Behavior College students receive ............ funding through MyCAA 10........ Workshops help separatees ‘TAP’ into good jobs 12........ Know the effects of a career change 14........ Transition: Evaluate your educational options 15........ Star power: Stand out in a career fair 16........ Department of Education ďŹ nancial aid programs 18........ Orion International helps service members ............ ďŹ nd their niche 19........ Skilled veterans will meet labor ............ needs in the 21st century

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Live hands-on training in an HVAC house Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has implemented a training house into its new shop area. The house is a three-room, woodenframe mock residence built to current residential construction codes. Individual rooms represent a phase of construction. Room One allows a student to see the rough phase of construction, including exposed studs and framing. This allows the students to understand and see what is behind the drywall of a home and to see how various types of insulation and building codes affect heat loss and heat gain of a structure. Room Two is in the semi-finished phase with hung drywall – this allows the students to experience how drywall or other wall panels affect both the heat loss and gain, but also

how these factors interact with the framing and finishing of a home. Room Three is fully finished and trimmed with painted walls, window trim and vinyl flooring. This allows students to experience working in a finished house and to see how register placement and air flow is critical to home comfort. Students get to design, fabricate, and install HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems in both the attic of the house as well as the crawl space. This allows the students to gain a real world perspective of the intricacies of installing a system into a customer’s home. Students will first do a Manual J heat load calculation on Courtesy photo the house using a software program Students get to design, fabricate and install HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems in both on ATI-provided iPads that they can the attic of the house as well as the crawl space. carry with them. They can take mea-

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surements and note the different material and specifications required to determine the size of the HVAC system. Students will have the opportunity to design and discuss the various types of duct systems that can be used in the house using ductsizing software loaded on the iPads. They will then have the opportunity to make the metal ducting and fittings on the sheet metal equipment in the lab. Further, students will install the ductwork in the house as local and nation code requirements are discussed and followed, including sealing and insulating of the duct system. Once installed, the student will have the opportunity to test duct leakage rates, balance airflow and also make changes to fittings and registers to see how each affects the airflow and comfort of a home. Students will have the opportunity to use various pieces of test equipment, such as digital IR thermometers and anemometers, thermal imagining cameras and air capture hoods, to better their understanding of air flow and system efficiency.

Instructors are able to insert faults in the system, such as blocked registers, collapsed ducts, and improperly- sized ducts and runs, and have the students troubleshoot these problems. Students can further diagnose and repair these faults in laboratory exercises designed to reinforce skills and techniques learned in the classroom. About ATI: Advanced Technology Institute’s mission is to provide technically current education and training to individuals in Air Conditioning and Heating, Automotive, Heavy Vehicle Technology, Maritime Welding and Commercial Driving by (1) meeting and exceeding industry standards and specifications; (2) continually interacting with the community and industry professionals through the use of industry-based advisory committees; and (3) a collaborative team spirit developed by way of personnel programs, which, together with facilities and services make ATI the benchmark for quality of life for its employees. For more information, visit www.auto.edu.


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Learn about your benefits: Get user savvy on your Montgomery, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Demands for job applicants to attain a degree have drastically increased with recent changes in the economy. If you are getting out of the Navy because of force shaping initiatives like the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) and Perform to Serve (PTS) programs, this can be a stressful time for not only you, but your family too. The military offers many programs to help aid in your transition. Some of the better known programs available are the Montgomery (MGIB) and Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. These programs are making it easier than ever to get in line with civilian counterparts, or help start a college fund for your dependents. So what are the differences and how do you choose what’s right for you? Here’s an easy cheat sheet to the G.I. Bill to help you decide and kick your degree plan into high gear. The MGIB requires a minimum of two years of service and a $1,200 program enrollment fee. The program pays a flat rate nationwide and the rates are adjusted annually. Payments for the plan are sent directly to veterans. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is offered to active duty service members who have served after the attacks on the twin towers for a minimum of 90 days of active duty or 30 continuous days for veterans discharged with a medical discharge. The bill pays 100 percent of in-state public school

tuition and up to $17,500 private school tuition. MGIB active duty users with three or more yeas of service can expect a payment of $1,473, effective as of Oct. 1, 2011 and $1,158 per month with less than three years. In addition, the veteran has 10 years after separation to utilize it. MGIB can only be used for schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). For members seeking money to cover certification tests, the cost are covered up to $2,000 per test and you can take the certification test as many times as needed, although each submission for reimbursement reduces your entitlement benefit. Other benefits include a monthly stipend for both living expenses and books or supplies. Living expenses are based on basic allowance for housing of an E5 with dependents. Full-time students will receive 100 percent, while part-time students will receive a prorated amount and the stipend will only be available when classes are in session. Qualified active duty service members may also elect to transfer up to 36 months of their benefits to a spouse or child enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System. Transfer of benefits requires members to have a minimum of six years of service and they must agree to serve an additional four years. The spouse may begin using the benefits immediately, while a dependent must wait until the member

what is included with the G.I. bill The Post 9-11 G.I. Bill will pay eligible individuals: • Your full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. • A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals. Visit www.gibill.va.gov/ for more information.

has served at least 10 years of active duty service. Finally, as part of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, members are available to utilize the Yellow Ribbon Program, something that was not offered with the MGIB. The program covers contributions of up to half of the additional fees for members eligible for 100 percent.

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Animal Behavior College students receive funding through MyCAA Animal Behavior College (ABC) is currently enrolling military spouses in three exciting animal-related career courses thanks to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program. Funding by the DoD has enabled ABC to enroll more than 1,800 military spouses in its Certified Dog Trainer, Certified Dog Groomer and Certified Veterinary Assistant programs since Aug. 2009. “When I think of the sacrifice and dedication of our Armed Forces, and I consider all they do to keep us safe, it is an honor for ABC to help military spouses by affording them the opportunity to learn the types of viable, portable careers they can utilize to assist their families,” said Steve Appelbaum, ABC President. “ABC’s unique distance learning technique makes for a perfect fit with the highly unpredictable and mobile lives that our military families lead.” Since ABC offers home learning combined with a hands-on externship program, military spouses can receive instruction anywhere in the

United States – even if they are relocated during their education. Amanda Hunt, a military spouse and Norfolk resident, is one of several ABC students who have taken advantage of MyCAA. The program offered Hunt the opportunity to graduate from ABC as a Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Pet Groomer. She was also hired as a dog trainer at Perfect Paws Pet Training, located on the peninsula, where she did her course externship. “Being a military spouse has its moments and schedules are hectic,” said Hunt. “The home-learning program was very flexible.” Through the MyCAA program, military spouses are eligible to receive $4,000 in education benefits to pursue Associate’s degrees, certificates and licenses. After graduation, many students find employment through the businesses that host their externships. For more information on ABC and the MyCAA program, visit www. animalbehaviorcollege.com/tuition. asp or call (888) 600-7220.

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Know the effects of a career change You have been in the military for a number of years and you are now making the transition back to civilian life. Understanding stress, and coping with it, is an essential skill you will need to get through this difficult time. The following information and resources will help you prepare for a successful transition.

service after many years. A service member may have worked for 30 years to achieve a rank or grade, but upon leaving the Armed Forces, he or she leaves this rank behind – and with it, a large portion of his or her identity. Some people find it easier than others to adopt new identities. Transition is traumatic and stressful, but it also opens up a whole Leaving the Military Challenges range of possibilities. If you apYour Identity proach your transition as an opportunity to grow, you will have You have worked hard to become already taken a giant step toward a captain, sergeant, or petty offireestablishing your identity. cer. When asked what you do, you probably replied, “I’m in the Army What Is Stress? (Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marines).” Now you must start Everybody knows what stress over as a civilian. Now you are feels like. But what is it really? just another civilian. The experts tell us that stress is a Changing careers is a stressstate of being. It is not an attitude, ful undertaking, perhaps even it is not a sign of being unable to more so for those leaving military handle things. Stress is a physical

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response, which, if left unchecked, can lead to mental and physical exhaustion and illness. Natural stress in our lives is considered good. It allows our bodies to respond to danger. You know the expression, “fight or flight.” Unnatural stress comes from continued threats or dangers over which we have no control. The body is alert for long periods of time with no chance to relax. It is important to remember that the body, like any good machine, begins to wear out if it runs in high gear for too long. Life’s Most Stressful Events Certain events, such as loss of a special relationship, such as divorce; events out of ones control, such as accidents; and events with lasting consequences, such as a terminal illness or the loss of your job; are considered some of live’s most challenging battles. Transitioning from the military can touch on all of theses events. In a sense, you lose many special relationships by losing the daily interaction with your co-workers. If you are transitioning involuntarily, you may be in a situation that is beyond your control. Transition, obviously, has permanent consequences and being involuntary separated may bring on some unforeseen stresses. When you change jobs, your life changes. The Stress-Health Connection It is important to look for signs of stress overload. Here are some of the symptoms: • Constant fatigue • Headaches • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much • Stomach problems • More frequent colds or other illnesses • Smoking or drinking more than usual

• Feeling nervous • Being irritable or angrier than you want to be • Desire to be alone, away from other people • Inability to eat or eating more than usual If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is likely they are stress related.


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The “Grieving Process” Is Normal Research has shown that most people go through major life changes in stages. These stages are present in a wide variety of major life traumas: • Denial: “This is not really happening,” or “This is not happening to me.” • Anger: Directed either at yourself or at others. • Depression: Often accompanied by a sense of helplessness. • Acceptance: The turning point, when you begin to accept your situation. • Resolution: Begin to take the steps necessary to return to a normal state. Proceeding through each step is normal and the process should not be rushed. Often, however, people may progress out of a stage and then drop back into it. If uncontrolled, the bouncing back and forth between stages can continue for a long time. As you make your

transition to civilian life, look for these stages in yourself and acknowledge your movements from one step to the next. Coping With Transition-Related Stress The experiences of thousands of service members who have recently separated suggest that this transition is likely to be stressful for you and your family. Those that have transitioned in the past have found several tactics extremely important in dealing with the stress related to separation from the military: • Get going: It is your transition – no one can do it for you. Work through the transition process and do not procrastinate. Put your situation in perspective and get on with your life. After all, you are not the first person to go through transition and you will not be the last. You’ll do OK too. • Sell yourself: You have a great product – you! So sell yourself!

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Now is not the time to be modest about your accomplishments. No one will come looking for you unless they know you are available. Once you let them know, you will find many people who will help you. • Work at it: Work at planning your transition as if it were a job. However, if you spend every waking hour working on it, you will burn out. Take time for yourself and your family. • Lighten up: This is probably the most important piece of advice. Do not lose your sense of humor. An upbeat disposition will see you through. • Keep your family involved: Your family has a large stake in your transition. They are experiencing many of the same feelings, worries and uncertainties as you are. Do not keep your plans to yourself – get your family involved in this process. Let them in on your plans and ask for their input throughout the process. It’s their life too.

how to deal Work through the transition process, don’t procrastinate, lighten up and keep your family involved! Volunteer work can be a great way to spend your time between jobs and can help with networking.

• Volunteer: Consider doing volunteer work. Your charitable actions will help others and assist you in getting to know the community beyond the military installations and enhance your networking. • Take a change management course: Consider taking a change management course before stress appears, or at the first signs of stress.


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Transition: Evaluate your educational options available to help you understand the many vocational and technical school programs. The counselors at these centers can also show you how to get course credits for non-traditional learning experience, such as Academic Planning Career Assessment military certifications and on-the-job Guidance Counseling training. Once you have identified your If you are not sure what you want The counselors may also help you career goal, you may find you need After you return home, take some to do upon leaving the military, a formal education to achieve it. An find out about certification and licenthen you should talk to a counselor time to evaluate your education education counselor can explore the sinements – for example, how to get goals. Contact a military installation at your VA Regional Office, closest a journeyman card for a particular education center, NCO, LLL or Career possibilities with you. Counselors education center nearest to where trade. The counselors can give you can also advise you on non-tradiyou live (by phone or email for those Transition Office (CT0). Counselors information on vocational and apat these various locations can recom- tional educational opportunities that do not live near a military prenticeship programs. that can make it easier for you to mend aptitude tests or vocational installation), Navy College Office get a diploma, vocational certificate interest inventories to help clarify (NCO), or Marine Corps LifeLong Licensing and Certification or college degree. These non-traLearning center (LLL). The counsel- your career goals. These tests can help you pinpoint job skills in which ditional opportunities include the ors can provide assistance in deterThere are several resources availyou might excel and then relate them following: mining the goals that are right for able to assist you in finding civil• Take “challenge exams,” such to specific occupations and careers you. ian requirements for licensing and as a college-level equivalency exam. in the civilian world. You can also You can also contact the Departcertification: You can convert knowledge learned contact the closest Department of ment of Veterans Affairs (VA) Re• www.acinet.org: Department of outside the classroom into credits Labor Career One Stop Center for gional Office for education assisLabor website. Go to “Career Tools” toward a college program. This can section to look up licenses by state, save you time and money. requirements for the license, and • Go to school part-time while Put Your GI Bill to Work point-of-contact information for the continuing to hold down a full-time job. This approach might make adult state licensing board. • www.dantes.doded.mil/dantes_ education more practical. web/danteshome.asp: DANTES web• See the veterans’ coordinator at site has information on certification the college, university or vocational programs. school of your choice. The coordina• www.cool.army.mil/: Find citor can help you understand your VA vilian credentials related to your educational benefits and might lead military occupational specialty, learn you to special programs offered to what it takes to obtain the credenformer service members. tials, and see if there are available • Determine if your military programs that will help pay credenlearning experiences can translate tialing fees. to course credit. Check with your • www.cool.navy.mil/: Find civilunit education officer or an active ian credentials related to your Navy duty military installation education rating, learn what it takes to obtain center, NCO or LLL for assistance. You can also go online and get a copy the credentials, and see if there are of your DD Form 2586, “Verification available programs that will help of Military Experience and Training” pay credentialing fees. • www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/certifica(VMET) document at https://www. tions.asp: A valuable resource for dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/index.jsp. Air Force personnel in increasing Aviation Institute of Maintenance awareness of professional develVocational Services 10 Campuses Nationwide opment opportunities applicable Including Chesapeake, VA SCHEV Certified. to USAF occupational specialties, You can also learn about varicrosswalks to CCAF degree proous vocational services available through a military education center, grams, national professional certifications, certification agencies, and NCO or LLL, as well through the more. VA Regional Office. Counselors are The transition from military to civilian life is an excellent time to take a serious look at your options for future success. Now is the best time to evaluate your educational options.

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Star power: Stand out in a career fair Transitioning to the civilian job force can be a very challenging experience for those who have recently separated from the Armed Forces. In conjunction with a decline in job availability and a weakened economy, military members often compete for potential jobs with a similar skill set. Below are some key factors to consider when looking for a new job as a military veteran and some tips to help your resume shine to potential employers at career fairs. Dress for the Occasion Making a good first impression is a key factor when interviewing with potential employers. Always approach a career fair as if it is a formal interview. Many employers may decide to interview on the spot for a job, so be ready. If you don’t have a suit, a coat and tie will suffice. Women must have equivalent attire. Some dry cleaners will even offer free services for those who are seeking jobs. Leave it at Home Don’t carry your backpack, large purse, or other paraphernalia with you. Carry your resume in a professionallooking portfolio or small briefcase. It will keep your resume neat and handy, and gives you a place to file business cards of recruiters that you meet.

Be Early Don’t come during the last half hour of a career fair. Many employers come a long distance to attend the fair and may need to leave early. If you come late, you may miss the organizations you wanted to contact. Have a Positive Attitude

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Have Clear, Easy to Read Resume

Job fairs can be hectic at times, so it is important to have a resume When talking to recruiters at a that is easy to navigate. Keep your job fair, always be courteous and resume to one page if possible, and professional. You never know who veterans should stay clear from you will speak too – it could possioverusing military acronyms. Just bly be a hiring manager or a potential boss, so treat everyone with highlight your key skills and comrespect. A smile, a strong hand- petencies. Use a font that is easy to read and easy to scan. Bring mulshake and a positive attitude tiple versions of your resume to the will go a long way. Be energetic when you share basic information about yourself and your career interests, and don’t underestimate anyone you might encounter.

career fair so that you can target specific companies and career fields. You should also prepare a general resume without a specific objective so that you can be prepared for any situation you may encounter at the fair. Always spell check to ensure your resume is free from typographic errors. Bring Supporting Documents Additional documents can help support your qualifications. These items may include: a cover letter, professional portfolio, transcripts (usually for new graduates), reference list, letters of recommendation and job applications. Follow-up Request a business card from each hiring manager and jot down notes immediately after each conversation. This will help refresh your memory when you follow-up. Email or mail a thank-you note within 24 hours of the job fair.

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Skilled veterans will meet labor needs in the 21st century Today’s job market demands increasingly sophisticated and technological skills – skills that are well suited for those leaving military service. American veterans are superbly qualified and capable of meeting the needs of the current and future civilian labor force. Today’s defense occupations are diverse and numerous: senior management, executives, civil engineers, medical specialists, auditors, caseworkers, nuclear engineers, food service managers, mechanics, heavy equipment operators, qualified and skilled people in information technology and telecommunications, to name a few. Most positions correspond closely to private sector occupations. It is true that a few military specialties have no direct application. However, the training and discipline required to master those specialties clearly demonstrate the potential to learn and mas-

ter other skills required in the private sector. Below are some of the many advantages veterans have in today’s job market: • Today’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman are the highest quality military personnel in our nation’s history. • The men and women serving the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security are competent, positive, selfless and oriented toward mission accomplishment. • They perform skillfully using today’s sophisticated military equipment, which includes computers, electronics and avionics. • They demonstrate their ability to learn sophisticated skills on short notice. Check out the Initiative sponsored by the Department of Labor at www.dol.gov/dol/ jobs/veterans.htm.


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Guide to employment opportunities and higher education for separating and retiring military.

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