TOPIC:  Army Reserve Careers Division and the Employer Partnership Office Transition Installation Initiative
What is it?
The U.S. Army Reserve began transition assistance to active component personnel at seven pilot installations beginning in July. The Army Reserve Careers Division (ARCD) and the Employer Partnership Office (EPO) is a combined asset that provides holistic career counseling and employment assistance with direct connection to employers to active component Soldiers transitioning to the civilian sector. The seven pilot installations are Fort Belvoir, Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Fort Hood, Fort Stewart, Fort Sill and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
 
What has the Army Reserve done?
The Army Reserve is positioned to provide unique employment assistance through Transition
Employment Liaisons (TEL), Army Career Employment Specialists (ACES) and a network of employer partners, which include large national corporations, small companies, and local and state agencies. This assistance is available to Soldiers and their families. 
The TEL will assist with job portal registration and provide resume development/enhancement, interview assistance, and a direct connection to employers. Transition Assistance Career Counselors (TACC) will assist Soldiers and their families make informed choices and to help them navigate their transition to civilian life by providing counseling that includes: financial planning referrals, continuing education information, and continuum of service benefits in the reserve component.
The team will also collaborate with Human Resources Command retention assets (79V) currently functioning at the transition points; however, ARCD assets will remain a separate and distinct entity.
 
 What continued efforts does the Army Reserve have planned for the future?
As the AC drawdown becomes more refined and the success of the pilot is determined, the Army Reserve will proceed with full implementation and expand services to additional CONUS and OCONUS active-duty installations.
 
Why is this important to the Army?
The AR representatives at critical transition locations will engage AC Soldiers early in the transition process to educate and counsel them on potential reserve component opportunities and benefits and to facilitate informed decisions about their continuation of service and integration into the civilian community.  This initiative will assist the reserve component in filling vital mid-grade officer and enlisted Soldier vacancies, thereby increasing the readiness of the Total Force.
 
Army Reserve Career Division (ARCD) Website: http://www.usar.army.mil/ourstory/commands/StayArmyReserve/Pages/Overview.aspx
Employer Partnership Office:  https://www.employerpartnership.org