VETERANS TRANSITION SURVEY
Thanks for your service to our nation and for taking a few minutes to complete this questionnaire regarding the military to civilian transition process. The information collected from this study is completely anonymous and personal information will not be asked at any point during the survey. Your honest responses will help us better understand all aspects of the transition process. Our goal is to gather, analyze, and share this information with veterans, individuals considering a separation or retirement from the military, and those currently in transition from the military.

This study is being conducted by a group of independent veterans with the goal of helping our community and those currently serving in the military. This study is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Department of Defense or the US Government.

Participation should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. We ask that you provide honest responses so that we can best help our current and future military veterans.

Please visit our website for additional information regarding this study:
www.military-transition.org

Questions or comments can be sent to us at:
militarytransitionsurvey@gmail.com

1a - Are you currently on active duty, a reservist, guardsman, or a military veteran?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
1b - How long ago did you transition (retire or separate) from the military?
Please select the response that best describes your situation. If you are a part-time reservist or guardsman, please indicate when you transitioned from full-time status. If you're still on active duty, please select other.
2a - In your opinion, what’s the most important advice or lesson learned that you would share with anyone considering a transition from the military into the civilian workforce?
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
2b - Based upon your own experiences, please indicate the level of importance for the following items which relate to the transition process:
Please select one response for each item listed:
not at all important
slightly important
important
very important
extremely important
I don't know
Start preparing early for the transition
Learn to translate military skills to civilian skills
Search online for career or employment information
Practice your interview responses
Network
Stop using military jargon and acronyms
Research companies of interest
Attend job fairs
Conduct mock interviews
Be patient
2c - Based upon your own experiences, please indicate the level of importance for the following items which relate to the transition process:
Please select one response for each item listed:
not at all important
slightly important
important
very important
extremely important
I don't know
Establish a profile on LinkedIn
Contact a civilian recruiter
Dress for success
Apply for jobs online
Have a transition plan
Speak with a career coach
Read a book about the job search process
View websites that discuss the military to civilian transition process
Attend a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) or related government sponsored course
Utilize a professional resume writer
2d - What additional advice or lesson learned would you share with someone considering a transition from the military into the civilian workforce?
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
3a - What is the most important information or advice you received, before or during your own transition, regarding the process of going from the military to the civilian workforce?
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
3b - Please tell us who provided this information/advice, or where you might have received this information/advice?
This might be a person, class, magazine, website, book or blog. Please be as specific as possible, however we prefer that you use a position or office versus names:
Your answer
4a - What was your most significant concern when you transitioned from the military into the civilian workforce?
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
4b - Did you receive any information or advice that was later found to be incorrect or harmful to your successful transition? If so, please tell us what information or advice was provided and any potential source(s) of inaccurate or harmful information or advice:
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
5a - Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:
My transition from the military into the civilian workforce……..
completely disagree
somewhat disagree
neither disagree or agree
somewhat agree
completely agree
was smooth
was successful
was painful
was confusing
was stressful
took more time than I expected
required a great deal of effort
5b - Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:
Please select one response for each item listed:
completely disagree
somewhat disagree
neither disagree or agree
somewhat agree
completely agree
I'm satisfied with my transition
I received the civilian job I wanted
My first civilian job aligned with my existing skills
I wish I could go back into the military
I like or liked my first civilian job after transitioning
6 - Please indicate the top 3 reasons why you decided to transition from the military?
Please select the most important reason and the next 2 reasons from the following list:
Reason #3
Reason #2
Reason #1 (most important reason)
Important, but not in my top 3
I'd prefer not to answer
Retirement eligible
Medical reasons
Family reasons
Completed my enlistment or service commitment
Wanted to do something different
Didn't enjoy being in the military
Didn't want to deploy (or deploy again)
Didn't want to move (or move again)
Wanted to earn more or have the potential to earn more money
Wanted greater long term career opportunities
Budget reductions, military downsizing, or force shaping programs
Didn't make the next higher rank
7 - Please indicate the top 3 reasons why you accepted your first civilian position following your military service:
Please select the most important reason and the next 2 reasons from the following list:
Reason #3
Reason #2
Reason #1 (most important reason)
Important, but not in my top 3
I'd prefer not to answer
Job location
Pay or salary
Benefits (not pay or salary)
Organizational culture
Organizational mission
Fit with my skills or interests
Long-term career potential
Family reasons
I didn't have any other job offers
Other
8a - Considering your first civilian position after departing the military, would you say the pay or salary level was:
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
Worse than expected
About what I expected
Better than expected
I'd prefer not to answer
The pay or salary for my first position was....
8b - What type of organization was your first civilian position with?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
8c - Are you currently employed?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
9a - Did you attend a government sponsored transition assistance course or training such as TAP (Transition Assistance Program), ETAP (Executive TAP), SFL (Solider For Life), T-GPS (Transition GPS), ACAP (Army Career and Alumni Program), or CONSEP (Career Options and Skills Evaluation Program) as part of your transition?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
9b - If you attended at least one government sponsored transition course or training program, please indicate the degree to which it helped your transition and job search:
You only need to answer this question if you attended a government sponsored TAP or related course/training program:
9c - Please explain your answer to the previous question and if there's anything you'd like to highlight, positive or negative, regarding the government sponsored transition course or training you attended:
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
10a - If you attended a career fair, please tell us which career fair(s) you attended, where these were located (base or city where the career fair was held), and anything you think important for veterans to know about going to career fairs:
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
10b - If you utilized the services of a recruiter, please tell us which recruiter(s) or recruiting firm(s) you worked with and anything you think important for veterans to know about using a recruiter for their transition:
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
11a - Please tell us how difficult your transition to the civilian workforce was compared to what you expected when you decided to transition?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
More difficult than expected
About what I expected
Easier than expected
I'd prefer not to answer
My transition from the military into the civilian workforce was.......
11b - Please explain your answer to the prior question regarding the level of difficulty experienced during your transition:
Please explain your answer and be as specific as possible:
Your answer
12 - From the last day you were officially in the military until the first day that you started your new civilian position, how long was this timeframe?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
13 - If you could go back and re-accomplish your transition from the military, knowing what you currently know, what (if anything) would you do differently?
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
14 - Is there anything else that you think future veterans should know about the transition process that you weren’t able to share in any of your previous responses?
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
15a - Are you happier now compared to when you were in the military?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
15b - What about your family? Are they happier now or were they happier when you were in the military?
Please select the response that best describes your situation:
15c - Would you be willing to explain your answer(s) to the questions regarding you and your family's happiness?
Please be as specific as possible:
Your answer
We'd now like to ask just a few questions so that we know more about the individuals completing this survey.
So that we know you're not a robot, please type the word VET in the text box below.
Your answer
A - Are you male or female?
Please select the response that best describes you:
B - Please indicate your age group:
Please select the response that best describes you:
C - Please indicate which branch you were in when you transitioned out of the military:
Select all that apply:
active duty
reserve
guard
Army
Navy
Marines
Air Force
Coast Guard
Other
D - Please indicate your education level at the time you transitioned from the military:
Please select the response that best describes you:
E - What was the highest rank/grade you achieved in the military?
Please select the response that best describes you:
F - If you were an officer, please indicate your commissioning source:
Please select the response that best describes you:
G - How many total years of active duty and reserve/guard duty did you have when you transitioned (separated or retired)?
Please select the response that best describes you:
H - Were you deployed or stationed in a combat zone while in the military?
Please select the response that best describes you:
I - In what calendar year did you transition out of the military?
Please select the correct year from the following list:
J - What was your military discipline, specialty, branch or rating/designator (MOS/AFSC/NEC)?
An example would be - 11B infantry (Army) or 1N0 intelligence (Air Force)
Your answer
K - Did you have any dependents when separating from the military?
Please select the response that best describes you:
L - Did you relocate or move your household when you transitioned from the military?
Please select the response that best describes you:
M - Please indicate the geographic region where you first lived after transitioning from the military:
Please select the response that best describes you:
N - Which ethnic or racial group do you most identify?
Please select the response that best describes you: