Guard and Reserve Transition Survey
This survey is being conducted by an independent group of veterans and business professionals to better understand the process that military Guardsmen and Reservist experience before, during and after their transition back into civilian life.

Participation is completely anonymous and responses will be share with the military community and employers.

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

Thanks for your participation and please let us know any questions: survey@military-transition.org
This survey is being conducted among Guardsmen and Reservist. Responses are anonymous, so please be candid:
1. Which of the following best describes your military status?
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2. Which of the following best describes your employment and/or school status?
Please select ALL that apply:
3. If you're employed outside of the military, please indicate the type of employer you work for?
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4. Which of the following best describes your feelings about your current employment and/or school status?
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5. Is there anything unique or important for us to understand about your current employment and/or school status?
6. Which of the following best describes your family's feelings towards your current employment and/or school status?
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7. Is it possible that you could transition out of the guard or reserves within the next 5 years?
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8. Based upon what you know today, how confident are you regarding the actions necessary to successfully transition back into civilian life?
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9. Have you ever transitioned from being on active duty for a period longer than 6 months back into civilian life?
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10. What are your greatest concerns, if any, about returning to civilian life?
My greatest concern
A concern of mine
Not a concern of mine
Compensation (pay or salary)
Loss of camaraderie
Not knowing what's ahead
Being unemployed
Being underemployed
Loss of my military identity
My family's happiness
Not having a purpose outside the military
I don't like my non-military (civilian) job
Medical issues (personal)
Medical issues (family)
Fitting in the civilian workforce
Getting into the right school
Fitting in at school
Pursuing the right degree or program of study
My spouse's employment
Loss of military structure
Landing the right job
Location (of my home)
Location (of my job)
Location (of my school)
Risk of starting a business
Starting over again
Other
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11. Please answer Yes or No to the following statements:
Yes
No
I prefer not to answer
I have a military mentor
I have a civilian mentor
I mentor others in the military
I mentor others outside of the military
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12. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements.
Agree
Neither Agree or Disagree
Disagree
I prefer not to answer
Employers prefer hiring military and veterans
Military oriented job and career fairs are helpful
Education fairs for military members are helpful
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13. Based upon your personal experience, what are the best sources of information about entering or re-entering the civilian workforce, attending school or completing a training/certification program after the military?
The best source
A good source
A poor source
I'm not sure
Transition Assistance (TAP)
Non-govt transition programs
Military or govt magazines
Civilian magazines
Military or govt websites
Corporate websites
Friends or former co-workers who've already made the transition
Family members
Veterans Administration (VA) training or materials
Books
Blogs
Mentors
LinkedIn
Job/Career Fairs
Education Fairs
Universities and colleges
Civilian recruiting or placement firms
Department of Labor (DOL) training or materials
Entrepreneurial groups or labs
Community groups
Veteran organizations
Other(s) - please explain
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14. If you selected 'Other(s)' in the previous question, please identify these sources of information.
15. Based upon your personal experience, would you say that balancing your civilian life with your military career is difficult?
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16. If you answered 'Yes' to the previous question, please tell us what makes balancing your civilian life with your military career difficult?
17. Has an employer treated you differently because of your military status?
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18. Please explain the previous answer about being treated differently because of your military status?
19. Based upon your personal experience, does the fact that an organization is "Military Friendly" have an impact on how they treat service members?
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20. What organizations (if any) are truly helping service members (active duty, guard and reserves) make the transition back into civilian life?
21. Based upon your personal experience, please indicate the most effective methods that service members can utilize to find civilian employment when transitioning from the military?
Most effective
Effective
Not effective
I'm not sure
Attend job or career fairs
Search online
Talk with veterans who've already transitioned
Contact Military Friendly employers in the area
Contact the base/post employment office
Contact local community groups
Contact Veteran organizations
Contact the local employment office
Local civilian newspapers
Base/post newspaper
Visit employers in the area
Call employers in the area
Talk with friends and family
Working with mentors
Civilian recruiting or placement firms
Other
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22. If you answered 'Other' to the previous question, please tell us about these methods.
23. Based upon your personal experience, how many months of preparation does a successful transition require?
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24. In your opinion, what is the most important skill that civilian employers are looking for when hiring from the military community? This skill can be something that is learned or gained inside or outside of the military.
25. What are the most important factors when considering a civilian employer and position?
Most important to me
Important to me
Not important to me
Location
Title of position
Initial compensation (pay or salary)
Long-term compensation (pay or salary)
Benefits (medical, time-off, education)
Company name
Proximity to family members
Growth potential
Organizational culture
Do I like the work
Do other veterans work here
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26. Are there other factors to consider when thinking about a civilian employer and position? If so, please tell us what these are.
27. Should service members tell a potential employer about their military status and if so, when should they disclose this information?
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28. When thinking about your post-military life, how would you define being "fully transitioned" out of the military?
29. Based upon your personal experience, what's the most important advice you would share with anyone making the transition back into civilian employment or education?
30. If you could ask one question of every veteran that has successfully transitioned from the military, what would that question be?
So that we know you're not a robot, please type the word VET in the text box below.
Please tell us a little about yourself:
Are you male or female?
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Please indicate your age group:
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Please select your branch of service: