They aren’t prepared to find and keep meaningful employment after they leave the military.
TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) January 24, 2018
Special Operations Forces (SOF) are the most elite units of the military, and according to the SOF for Life Survey, they aren’t getting the support they need to transition to meaningful employment after their military service ends.
This survey was developed by the Global SOF Foundation, a non-profit professional association for SOF around the world, and The Honor Foundation, which provides veterans with a 12-week transition course, graduates of which have a 99% job placement rate into Fortune 500 companies. The survey was opened in Aug. 2016 and has over 550 responses from SOF and SOF support personnel who have already transitioned from Active Duty, whether through retirement or separation.
While the survey results report gaps in physical well-being, mental health, and medical benefits for respondents, the SOF for Life program was developed to focus on the career and financial preparation gaps. The program is supported by both the Global SOF Foundation and The Honor Foundation, as well as AAFMAA--which provides participants with wealth management support.
The SOF for Life Seminar on Feb. 19th is a one-day teaser for the full course provided by The Honor Foundation, and it’s open to SOF or SOF support from any nation, provided they are within two years of their date of separation from active duty (whether before or after). The Seminar is also open to participants’ spouses, as the information provided is valuable for both.
Global SOF Foundation President Stu Bradin, himself a retired Army Special Forces Colonel who went through the military’s transition process, continuously preaches the lack of preparation most members of the SOF community have for life after they leave the military. “They expect someone to come up to them and start offering them a paycheck. They aren’t prepared to find and keep meaningful employment after they leave the military.”
The Seminar takes place on the first day of the 2018 Global SOF Symposium - US, which is hosted by the Global SOF Foundation annually at Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. This year's event will kick off on President's Day, Feb. 19, with the SOF for Life Seminar, the Global SOF Golf Tournament, and a welcome reception. A packed agenda of Symposium events will follow from Feb. 20 to 21, and will include engaging speaking events and an abundance of networking opportunities.
The SOF for Life Seminar costs $30 per participant, although attendees are welcome to stay for the entire Symposium for a total cost of $100. Register for the Seminar at https://www.globalsofsymposium.org/us/Attend/Register.
The Global SOF Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the only professional association for the international Special Operations community. The Foundation mission is to both advocate for SOF resourcing and convene the SOF community.