Welcome to the JB MDL Career Center!
We hope you find our resources helpful in all your career goals. We assist ALL services, ALL components, spouses and veterans. Below you will find all of our career resources. Please contact us if you need any assistance.
MILITARY & FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER McGuire
Bldg. 3435 Broidy Road
JB MDL McGuire
MILITARY & FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER Lakehurst
Bldg. 488-2 Walsh Drive
JB MDL Lakehurst
SOLDIER FOR LIFE - TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Bldg. 5418 W. Delaware Avenue
JB MDL Dix
WOUNDED WARRIOR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program The House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Program was established in 2008 to provide veterans employment opportunities in the U.S. House of Representatives. These two-year fellowships enable veterans to gain experience to help them qualify for career opportunities within the federal government.
Fellowship recipients can work with participating members of Congress at their district offices. Participants will be directly involved with policy casework on veteran-related issues within their districts. Qualified applicants must have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, have an honorable discharge, have 30% or greater service-connected disability rating and fewer than 20 years of military service.
Positions are available in congressional district offices nationwide. Wherever possible, those selected for the program are given the opportunity to transition into full-time employment.
For more information visit the program website at: https://cao.house.gov/wounded-warrior.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarship — Helping Spouses Pursue Higher Education
The MyCAA Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations. Spouses may use their MyCAA funds at any academic institution approved for participation in the MyCAA Scholarship.
To learn more, please click here.
HIRING OUR HEROES CORPORATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
This program is open to eligible active duty service members transitioning out of the military within six months from the start of this program. It provides transitioning service members the opportunity to build their civilian network, provide exposure and acquire civilian work experience by placement in mid to senior level professional positions with host companies for 12 weeks.
To apply, visit hiringourheroes.org/fellowships
- Service members must be on active duty for the duration of the 12-week program and be eligible to work shortly following the end of the program.
- Applicants must be within 6 months of transition (separation or retirement) from military service at the start of the program
- Service members much have a bachelor's degree plus 3 years leadership experience or equivalent related experience in your field OR an associate's degree, plus 5 years leadership experience or equivalent related experience in your field.
For more information, please call Karen Hrach, 202.579.5625 or go to HIRINGOURHEROES.ORG/FELLOWSHIPS
Military Spouse Occupational Licensing in New Jersey
Are you transferring a professional or occupational license to the State of New Jersey? The State Division of Consumer Affairs provides 1-on-1 assistance to help you with applying for your New Jersey State professional or occupational license. Please contact DCAMilitary@dca.njoag.gov or 973.504.6210.
Military Spouse Relicensure Reimbursement
Military services continue to support military spouse employment by offering up to $1,000 in licensure and certification costs resulting from relocation or military move. Please contact your Military and Family Support Center at 609.754.3154.
Free LinkedIn One-Year Premium Subscription - Veterans
Offers a free one-year premium subscription to Veterans. https://socialimpact.linkedin.com/programs/veterans/premiumform
Free LinkedIn One-Year Premium Subscription - Military Spouses
Offers a free one-year subscription to Military Spouses with each permanent change of station, career change or job loss. https://socialimpact.linkedin.com/programs/veterans/milspouses
The National Military Family Association has extended a scholarship opportunity for NJ active, guard, reserve, retired or fallen for Military Spouses. This program is specifically looking for spouses from NJ with $1,000.00 scholarships. Scholarships can be used for traditional degrees along with certification programs and professional licensure (i.e. Nursing, teaching).
Please send NJ spouses to apply for a scholarship today! Apply here!
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Effective 1 Oct 19, IAW Section 552 Public Law 115-232, John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offers separating or retiring personnel an individual transition plan to ease reentry into civilian life. Service Members are required to initiate the TAP process no later than 365 days from the date of separation or retirement. However, the process cannot begin until within 24 months from retirement or within 18 months from separation. MFSC provides TAP workshops and Pre-separation Counseling as well as information about additional training tracks. TAP is designed to provide necessary tools to effectively transition from the military to the civilian community. Mandatory steps for completing TAP are four separate requirements. Step 1: Individualized Initial Counseling, step 2: pre-separation counseling, step 3: TAP and step 4: CAPSTONE. Individualized Initial Counseling are via appointment only. Pre-Separation briefings are held bi-weekly each month and must be completed prior to the attendance of TAP. CAPSTONE is held weekly via appointments after the completion of Pre-separation Counseling and TAP.
Your transition now begins NLT 365 days prior to your separation/retirement. It is recommended retirees begin the transition process at least two years prior to retirement. In the event of an unanticipated separation or retirement, or a member of the Reserve Component is demobilized with less than 365 days, TAP must begin as soon as possible within the remaining period of service. You can find a comprehensive timeline for the entire process here: https://www.dodtap.mil/resources.html
STEP 1: Individualized Initial Counseling (IC)
Effective 1 Oct 19, IAW Section 552 Public Law 115-232, John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Individualized Initial Counseling between the service member and a transition counselor is now the official start to the transition process. IC should take place NLT 365 days prior to separation/retirement from military service. Prior to the IC session, service members will complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of their Individual Transition Plan to identify their unique needs of the transition process and post-transition goals. At the conclusion of this appointment members will have an established transition plan to include scheduled appointments for the required corresponding requirements based on their Tier.
IC is conducted by individual appointment at the Military & Family Support Center (MFSC) by appointment only.
STEP 2: Pre-separation Counseling Phase - Initiate DD 2648 eForm
Once the IC is complete, Pre-separation Counseling commences and must also be completed NLT 365 days prior to separation/retirement. Members are encouraged to complete their IC 13-24 months prior to separation/retirement. Pre-separation Counseling covers by-law information to include benefits, entitlements and resources for eligible transitioning service members. Caregivers and spouses are especially encouraged to attend Pre-separation Counseling with their service member.
This briefing is held every other Thursday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm at the MFSC, Bldg. 3435 Broidy Road, JB MDL McGuire, NJ 08641. 609.754.3154.
STEP 3: 3-Day TAP Curriculum Workshop
This multi-day course provides members with information and skills needed for a successful transition.
Day 1: VA Benefits and Services. Required for all – no exemptions.
Day 2: DoD Transition Day - This portion of TAP includes curriculum modules on building resiliency by managing your own transition (MyTransition), a Military Occupational Code Crosswalk to help define and translate military skills and the Financial Plan for Transition module which fulfills the mandated financial literacy requirement. Required for all – no exemptions.
Day 3: DoL Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (EFCT) – Some exemptions apply
The transitioning service member may elect one or more of these 2-day tracks based on their Tier:
◘ DoL Employment Track
◘ DoL Vocational Track
◘ DoD Higher Education Track
◘ SBA Entrepreneurship Track
STEP 4: CAPSTONE Phase - Complete DD 2648 eForm
The CAPSTONE is the culminating event where a transition counselor will verify completion of required Career Readiness Standards (deliverable) as determined during the service members IC appointment. CAPSTONE must be completed NLT 90 days prior to separation/retirement.
CAPSTONE is conducted by individual appointment at the MFSC, Bldg. 3435 Broidy Road, JB MDL McGuire, NJ 08641. 609.754.3154.
INDIVIDUALIZED INITIAL COUNSELING, PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING, TAP DAYS 1-2 & CAPSTONE REQUIRED FOR ALL SERVICE MEMBERS, NO EXEMPTIONS.
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Federal Resume Writing
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The Military & Family Support Center assists individuals with researching and reaching for their career goals. We provide employment skills training and resources to prepare you for a job search, resume writing, interview skills, local job market information, and so much more! We can help you learn about the NJ, PA, DE, NY Area Local, State and Federal job markets, and how to find job sources abroad if you are PCSing, retiring or separating. Open to all DoD ID card holders, including DoD civilians and their family members. Employment services include:
- One-on-One Career Counseling
- Career Planning & Networking Techniques
- Employment & Education Workshops
- Job Board (Employment Opportunities Postings)
- Job Search/Job Placement Assistance
- Resume & Portfolio Development
- Spouse Education & Employment Assistance
Career Resource Links
National Job Search Resources
Veteran Employment Initiatives (Wounded Warrior)