By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /
The Soldier for Life center offers Soldiers an opportunity to connect with employers and get transition advice during information sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Education Center, Building 9230.
The Career Skills Program is a major feature of the information sessions.
“There are five components to the Career Skills Program. There’s internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, on-the-job training and credentialing,” said Ralph Bremer, the Career Skills Program coordinator.
Bremer added that Soldiers can participate in the CSP with permission from their battalion sergeant major and their battalion commander. They can enter the program up to 180 days prior to their separation date.
One program that Soldiers can participate in is Troops into Transportation. This program is partnered with the CDL School Inc. to teach Soldiers how to operate commercial vehicles.
“It is a one-month program where Soldiers get in-class theory and on the road practical application to be an over the road truck driver,” said Bremer.
Soldiers can use their CDL license not only for trucks, but also for school buses and large RVs, added Bremer.
The Troops into Transportation program is partnered with commercial truck-driving firms, which guarantees a job as long as the Soldiers complete the course and get their license.
Soldiers interested in participating in the Troops into Transportation program can contact Mike Wallace, the military field recruiter, at Wallace@cdlschool.com, or attend an information session at the Soldier for Life center.
Soldiers can also meet with representatives from the Georgia Department of Labor and Veteran Affairs at the information sessions.
“Soldiers, we say it all the time, they are going to transition at some point, and getting the word out there, getting them in contact with us.” said Kevin Aker, a transition services specialist at the Soldier for Life center. “That is what the Army and all services are moving to now, connecting Soldiers with opportunities.”