The Citizen Soldier for Life program, launched in September 2016, prepares and connects service members with financial and employment services, in an effort to enhance readiness and boost resilience. The program focuses on Initial Entry Training (IET) populations through the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) in addition to offering services all National Guard members and their Families who may be seeking civilian employment and financial assistance.
Citizen Soldier for Life Counselors assist individuals in meeting Career Readiness Standards (CRS) as early in the Soldier Life Cycle as possible, and provide them with the fundamental skills necessary to obtain and sustain a fulfilling civilian career. The program works toward improving the financial literacy of the force through education and training. Financial Literacy includes, but is not limited to: basic money management, retirement planning and building a 12 month budget. Program Counselors also provide National Guard members and their Families with local, accessible resources, that is readily available should they need assistance.
Approximately 40,000 new Soldiers and 7,000 prior service members will enter our formation each year, each looking for employment within the communities they live and serve. Preparing Soldiers for the dual role of service and citizen through employment and financial readiness is the foundation for a culture that inspires Soldiers to continue serve, bolsters their position in the community Areas of Emphasis:
- CAREER TRACKING
- BUDGET DEVELOPMENT
- RESUME PREPARATION
- INTERVIEW PREP
- MILITARY SKILLS TRANSLATION
- APPRENTICESHIP and CERTIFICATION
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