As is often the case, many of our tremendous Soldiers and Families at Fort Bragg are either approaching, or at a point of transition in their lives. Whether you’re ending your initial enlistment or retiring with 20 or more years of service, this transition to civilian life can be challenging. The important thing to remember is this transition is a process, not an event. Like all processes, the more you know, the earlier you begin, and the more you put into it, the more successful you’ll be in the end.

When you began your service to our country, you made a commitment to the Army and likewise we made a commitment to you to take care of you and your battle buddies by ensuring all Soldiers start strong and serve strong. Now it is our obligation to help reintegrate you into civilian life as strong veterans to serve your communities after you leave the Army. We call this process Soldier for Life.

The Soldier for Life mindset is a holistic approach to the life cycle career of a Soldier.

Last November, the Army started new, expanded transition services through our Army Career Alumni Program. This program now enables transitioning Soldiers to capitalize on the skills and experiences they’ve gained during their service by providing access to training and other forms of assistance.

Those ending their term of service have the opportunity to begin their transition 18 months before separation. Those retiring from service have up to 24 months to transition, but it’s never too early to take charge of your life after active duty. Those retiring from service have up to 24 months to transition. Begin this process by talking about your options and goals with loved ones.

Businesses know Soldiers transitioning back to civilian life offer exceptional training, skills, talents and mindsets based on our Army values. They also know that the Army stands ready to assist them and our Soldiers to make this transition as smooth as possible for all.

Here at Fort Bragg, our ACAP offers job fairs and hiring events that attract employers from throughout the nation. Our track record in placing Soldiers into new careers is exceptional for both the Soldier and the employer. I encourage you to take advantage of these.

You can learn more at the ACAP center on the first floor, Wing C, of the Soldier Support Center, the 24-hour call center at 1-800-325-4715, or at the ACAP website at

If continuing your education is your goal, our Bragg Training and Education Center offers classes from eight colleges and universities. In all likelihood you will find the degree you want and if not, we can direct you to resources to assist you with other continuing education resources to achieve your goal.

You have much to offer potential employers and to your future communities. Whichever path you choose, the Army stands ready to assist you every step of the way. Thank-you for your service and always remember — you are a Soldier for life.