Transition Program                                                                                                   

Transitioning from the military to civilian life is a process best managed with a few great resources at your fingertips. Finding your post-military career has never been easier—read, research and engage to ensure a smooth transition. 


The e-book version of The 2023 Military to Civilian Transition Guide is AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW! Click here!

8/30 Career Roundtable Webinar: Recording Available

8/30 Career Roundtable Webinar: Recording Available

A recording of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Webinar: Transition Career Roundtable on August 30th, is available online now. The presentation handouts are also available here.

This event is a focused discussion on various career opportunities to consider when transitioning to the civilian sector. The webinar spotlights careers on Wall Street, Entrepreneurship, & the Federal Government.

Panelists include:
CDR (ret) Joe Purcell - Vice Chairman, Financial Sponsors Group, Morgan Stanley
CAPT (ret) Francis Tisak, Division Director, Services Acquisitions and Category Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy  
CAPT (ret) Bruce Gearey, Owner, Patrick Henry Ventures LLC

Enjoy viewing the Webinar at your convenience and please consider supporting our mission through a donation to the Foundation

A special THANK YOU to our webinar sponsor, CTG, a Division of Blue Raven Solutions. CTG provides supply chain solutions designed to keep fleets and systems operational, ready and safe. They are a leading supplier of parts, material and obsolescence management solutions to the Department of Defense and its contractors, as well as many of the world's largest airlines, MRO's and aircraft manufacturers. Visit to learn more.


Transition Webinar: 6/28 recording available
Transition Webinar: 6/28/23 recording available

A recording of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Webinar: From Sailor to Civilian on June 28th, is available online now. The presentation handouts are also available here.

Whether you have already transitioned to civilian life or are planning to in the future, this webinar can help you! It contains financial strategies and information applicable to enhancing your money skills and cash flow--including important skills to help you pay off debt and keep more of what you earn.

Thank you to our webinar sponsor, The Prosperity Solutions GroupThe Prosperity Solutions Group is here to help people and businesses improve their financial picture– to get “money smart”. 

Enjoy viewing the Webinar and please consider supporting our mission through a donation to the Foundation

 Professional Certification/Licenses Grant Program

Professional certification is the process by which a person proves that he or she has the knowledge, experience and skills to perform a specific job and the tasks in which they have been trained. Having a professional certification also shows potential employers that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained. It gives them confidence in your abilities and knowledge. Certification makes you more valuable to employers, so you can expect to earn more than someone without certification. Certification also offers advancement opportunities and management opportunities. Additionally, you can have a competitive advantage over candidates without certificates, earn higher wages and receive tuition reimbursement for continuing education. 

Examples of some of the professional logistics certificates that are available for Supply Officers and enlisted supply personnel are: Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); Foodservice Management Professional (FMP); Certified Professional Contract Manager; and Financial Management C2ertification.  Attaining a professional certification can be costly. Examples of the costs for these certificates are:
  • Supply Chain Professional (CSCP): Exam Preparation: $1,380 & Exam: $965
  • Certified Professional Contract Manager: Exam Preparation: $410 & Exam: $125
  • Certified in Transportation and Logistics and Distribution (CLTD): Exam Preparation: $1,245 & Exam: $1,195
  • Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM): Exam Preparation: $550 & Exam: $690
If you’re a Veteran and you qualify for the GI Bill, you may be able to use part of your entitlement to cover test fees up to $2,000 for a job that requires a license or certification in order for you to work. The site provides detailed information on how to apply for reimbursement up to $2,000. Even after VA reimbursement for exam fees this can leave a substantial bill for the individual.
The Navy Supply Corps Foundation has developed a Professional Certification/Licenses Grant Program to assist with the costs incurred attaining a certification or license to enhance a civilian logistics career opportunity, after VA reimbursement, up to $500.

Eligibility: For all, the applicant must:
  1. Be an Active-duty or reserve Supply Corps officer.
  2. Be an Active-duty Enlisted Sailor in a supply enlisted rating (e.g., CS, CSS, LS, LSS, or RS).
  3. Be registered on the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Website with current email and mailing address.
  4. Pass* the applicable certification/license exam and include a copy to the Foundation.
  5. Have attained the professional certification or license to enhance a civilian logistics career opportunity.
Application Process: To be considered for this grant the applicant must fill out and submit an online application. Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Transition Committee and notification will be sent on reimbursement determination.                                                             
*NOTE: failed exam attempts will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Partnership with mentoring company By CDR Bob Dolan, SC, USN, (Ret.), Transition Committee Chair 

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a national nonprofit organization focused on helping veterans, transitioning military members and active-duty military spouses find their next careers through year-long, customized, one-on-one mentorships. ACP provides career counseling and networking opportunities—focusing on meaningful employment opportunities for veterans, and developing long-term career and professional goals. ACP connects vets with professionals participating through their organization’s partnership with ACP.

ACP’s staff supports the program with customized resources and training to assist pairs in building a successful relationship, many of which carry on well beyond the defined year. It begins through a personalized pairing process where ACP’s staff carefully selects a mentor for each protégé based on career compatibility, experience level, location, and personal interests. ACP has served hundreds of Navy veterans, active-duty Sailors, and spouses of active duty service members. Currently, there are more than 1,400 active-duty Sailors and Marines and Reservists enrolled.

With more than 20,000 success stories from veterans who had positive experiences during their mentorships, ACP’s customized program is designed to assist you on the path toward rewarding, meaningful employment. To determine if an ACP mentorship is right for you, visit



Transitioning from military to civilian life? Let the Navy Supply Corps Foundation help you! We provide FREE BUSINESS CARDS to transitioning members--all you have to do is ask!

Why are business cards important?

REASON 1: Swapping contact information digitally is impersonal.
Sending contact information via text or email on the spot is convenient, but it is also extremely impersonal. Engaging in eye contact and actual conversation is how real relationships begin.

REASON 2: They are your most effective self-marketing tools.
Exchanging business cards in person is one of the most direct and effective ways of introducing yourself to and opening a conversation with people. Potential employers are more likely to call you back due to the way you gave out your card and introduced yourself--it shows sincerity.

REASON 3: Business cards get shared.
A business card is physical and portable. A phone contact exchange ends when you walk away. Handing over a business card gives the receiver an opportunity to share it with other people--putting you in front of additional prospects.

REASON 4: Business cards show you are prepared.
You can encounter a potential job lead or contact at any time--tradeshows, industry conferences, happy hour, airport lounges. Arming yourself with business cards at all times will ensure you never miss an opportunity to make a connection. Keep some in your pockets, wallet, and laptop bag so you are prepared.

Take advantage of FREE BUSINESS CARDS!


Current News
  • Visit our Job Postings for a current listing opportunities in your area. And follow us on LinkedIn for of Job Fairs and related information. See the bottom of this page for links to Job Sites.
  • Heroes Linked provides digital and virtual professional growth for Veterans
Resume advice, networking tips and assistance with finding Veteran-friendly jobs are a few of the professional development tools to those enrolled in the no-cost program Heroes Linked provides professional growth for Veterans - VAntage Point
  • Wonder how your skills transfer in the civilian world?
Bridge My Return (BMR) is a Military Hiring Platform that effectively connects Veterans, Transitioning Military, Guard and Reserve members to career opportunities with Military-ready employers looking to recruit, develop and retain military talent.
Service members leverage BMR’s technology to translate their military skills into civilian skills, create a professional resume and get matched to jobs via the BMR algorithm.
Click Here to Learn More...


The Role of Research

The hardest part of transitioning from the military is knowing where and when to start the planning process. Check NSCF LinkedIn and Facebook pages for job opportunities, resources and community support as you navigate the military retirement process and prepare your plan of action in the civilian world.

The Military Life Cycle

The National Resource Directory highlights programs for our Military, Veterans and their families to help identify applicable benefits and appropriate agencies for issue resolution.

Transitioning to the civilian world after several years, or a career, serving in the military is a change that may cause anxiety for many military families. And for good reason—deciding where to live, where to work, the type of work to do and where the kids will go to school are life-changing choices. Though moving from base-to-base often involves a change in lifestyle, transitioning to the civilian workforce brings an additional set of challenges. Fortunately, there is help. Take advantage of the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to make the process easier.

To combat the transition challenge of “You don’t know what you don’t know”, especially now during a global pandemic, VBA has launched a new video series called Transition Talk to bring critical information and resources to transitioning service members and Veterans. The inaugural episode discusses topics that matter most to those in transition, or those facing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic: GI Bill payments, filing compensation claims, accessing possible state-based cash assistance programs, and more. All episodes can be viewed at: “Transition Talk” video series: Military to Civilian support during COVID-19 - VAntage Point.

 Setting Family Expectations

For many kids, just like their parents, transitioning out of the military means adopting a new lifestyle. Families may no longer have the built-in support system available on or near military installations. Kids may experience concern over the uncertainty of a parent’s employment, fear of the unknown, or adjustments to their own lifestyle. Many resources for transitioning families are   available on the Department of Defense (DoD) website.

Market Research
  • The adage “knowledge is power” is especially true when conducting a job search. A successful job search campaign requires gathering intelligence data, just as a military operation would. Your research activities should focus on four major targets: alternative jobs and careers, organizations, individuals, and communities.
  • Documenting your military experience and training can be a powerful tool as you transition from military to civilian life. The VMET (Verification of Military Experience and Training), or DD Form 2586, documents and verifies service member military experience and training for use and application in the civilian workforce.

Marketing Material

Need new business cards? The US Navy Supply Corps Foundation’s Business Card Reimbursement Pilot Program will pay for an initial set of templates and business cards for those Supply Corps officers transitioning from the military. To participate in this program, visit to create, design and order your business cards. Email a copy of your order receipt to In the email with your receipt, please include a copy of the business card template(s) you design and use. The Foundation will reimburse you up to $50. Take advantage of this program now!


5 Steps to Building a Winning Network  

Networking can take on many forms and is an essential tool in the transition process. Regularly engaging acquaintances and associates alike through regular communication offers benefits beyond today. Discover 5 simple steps to effective networking and learn the advantages of a strong network.

Transitioning and Social Media

The fundamental process of networking has not changed and is still the best way to find a job. However, what has changed are the tools that expedite the networking process – namely, LinkedIn and Facebook, along with other online resources where you can identify people you know and people you want to know through the industry and/or profession you are targeting. LinkedIn is a great social media tool for building and maintaining a professional network, showcasing accomplishments, and staying current on industry trends. Learn how to leverage your LinkedIn profile to benefit and expand your professional network. 


Application and Interview

Professional Certifications

Depending on the professional field in which you hope to be employed, you might need a professional certification to increase your hiring opportunities. The GI Bill provides eligible applicants reimbursement of applicable fees that require a license, certification, or admission test to an institute of higher learning. The site provides the detailed information on how to apply for up $2,000 reimbursement. While the process to document the jobs held in the military can be a very daunting task, the effort may be worthwhile as some professional certificates may be attained through the accumulation of military experiences and skills. There are a variety of opportunities to obtain a professional certification related to the skills of a Supply Corps Officer and many of these programs are discounted or even free for veterans.

Resume Development

Many job seekers spend a lot of time creating a résumé, and applying for jobs, but never get called for an interview. Why? For veterans, the struggle is often aligning the skills and experiences they’ve gained in the military with the types of jobs that exist outside the military. On top of that, long-serving veterans don’t have a lot of experience with resume making.  Here are two tools that can help in bridging that knowledge gap. 

The first is from to help active-duty military and veterans craft the perfect cover letter and resume to help them successfully transition back into civilian careers. They’ve created a detailed guide that will walk you through every step of creating an effective military to civilian cover letter and resume, from choosing the correct format to avoiding red flags that may cost getting that dream job. Below are the links to the tools to help you develop the perfect resume & cover letter:
The second is from Bridge My Return (
Home | Bridge My Return)  which offers a skills translator that assesses your military talents/experience and converts it into a resume in the language and skills an employer will instantly get.  It works with your hard skills, of course, but also things like strategy, teamwork, leadership, and forthrightness.

Job Interview After Action Review

While on active duty, you likely participated in many after action reviews (AAR). Creating an AAR for your job interviews is a great way to be focused and successful in your post-military career pursuits.

Employment Offers

You've applied for jobs, and you're finally getting an offer — what’s next? The truth is, companies expect you to negotiate their offer, keeping in mind the salary range authorized for the position. With preparation, you can better assess any offer against your needs and your personal value. This exercise will help you find a “win-win” scenario where both you and the employer are satisfied – the ultimate objective of the negotiation process.


Veteran Job Sites

As a veteran, you can take advantage of many job-search websites and apps; but there are quite a few sites devoted exclusively to helping veterans.  Here are some of the better resources that we have found for your use:
Check out the job postings specific to the skillset of our Supply Corps community!

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