Overview
The USSOCOM Warrior Care Program (WCP) Career Transition team’s mission, is to empower Special Operation Forces (SOF) service members, enrolled in the WCP, to develop and implement a successful career transition plan for post-service careers or education, through customized and comprehensive services, networking, career counseling, and partnership with their Recovery Care Coordinators. Services provided include: fellowships, employment assistance, education/retraining and career counseling.
Eligibility
The Career Transition team provides assistance to SOF service members who are enrolled in the WCP, are a CAT II or higher, have or will likely enter the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), and are referred for assistance by their WCP Recovery Care Coordinator.

 

As of April 2020, over 500 transitioning WCP SOF service members have participated in a customized fellowship opportunity through the WCP Career Transition team. These fellowships have been conducted nationwide with small and large companies across a variety of industries including, but not limited to: agriculture, government contracting, construction, IT, logistics, entertainment, entrepreneurship, real estate, coffee brewing, non-profits, medical, insurance, HVAC, transportation, law enforcement/security, education, distribution, and law. Fellowships allow transitioning service members to work with a civilian company or organization where they can obtain hands on experience, skills, and knowledge in an industry they are interested in, build their resume, expand their network, and obtain post-service employment opportunities well they are still on active duty.

The Career Transition team works directly with companies, organizations and service members to customize each fellowship opportunity. This ensures that the fellowship meets the needs of both the service member and the hosting company/organization.

 

The Career Transition team helps SOF service member who are looking for employment plan for their post-service career through resume assistance and networking with employers and educational organizations where they can obtain certifications and training within a specific industry.

 

The career transition team connects SOF wounded, ill, & injured Service Members with traditional education opportunities, certification programs, and entrepreneurial programs.  The Education & Retraining resources library, upcoming events, and newsletter contain up to date information and resources recommend by the Care Coalition Recovery Care Coordinators, Career Transition Team and Staff.  The resources cover a wide variety of organizations that provide assistance in areas such as careers, benefits, physical and mental health, transition and much more.

Career Counseling
Each SOF service member, which is referred for assistance, is assigned a Career Transition Coordinator who will help them to develop their customized career transition plan through discussion, research, partnership, and homework. Through this process each coordinator will help their SOF service members outline their goals for their career transition plan by utilizing the WCP’s established network of companies, organizations, and programs to make recommendations and connections. Focusing on the SOF service members experience, goals, education, financial needs, family, and other factors that are pertinent to the success of their transition.

Are you a Company, Organization, or Program that is interested in Working with Us?
The Career Transition team is always interested in connecting with companies, organizations, and programs that are willing to host fellowships, have education or retraining programs, want to hire highly skilled employees, or are interested in supporting our SOF service members as they exit the military. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, please send an email to: careertransitionWCP@socom.mil with ATTN: Chief of Career Transition in your subject line. 

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