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I will be discharged from the service in a few months. How can I get ready for civilian life?

More than 111,000 transitioning service members take advantage of a 3-5 day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop offered at 174 military installations nationwide. TAP workshops give information on finding jobs in the civilian labor force and benefits and services available to veterans and their families. Recently legislation was passed that allows military personnel within one year of separating from the military service and service members within two years of military retirement the opportunity to attend TAP workshops. For further information, contact your installation Family Support Center or military command. The e-VETS resource Advisor is an online tool designed to help veterans preparing to enter the job market. It includes information on a broad range of topics such as job search tools and tips, employment openings, career assessment, education and training, and benefits and special services available to veterans.

Can an employer require an employee to produce military orders before granting a military leave of absence?

No. The law requires an employee to provide their employers with advance notice of military service, with some exceptions.

 

Notice may be either written or oral. It may be provided by the employee or by an appropriate officer of the branch of the military in which the employee will be serving. However, no notice is required if

  • Military necessity prevents the giving of notice; or
  • The giving of notice is otherwise impossible or unreasonable.

"Military necessity" for purposes of the notice exception is defined in regulations of the Secretary of Defense as “a mission, operation, exercise or requirement that is classified, or a pending or ongoing mission, operation, exercise or requirement that may be compromised or otherwise adversely affected by public knowledge.

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