POST 9/11 VETERAN STUDY
This survey is being conducted by an independent group of veterans and business professionals to better understand the military to civilian transition process.

Participation is completely anonymous and responses will be share with both the military community and employers to understand and help improve the transition process.

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
1. Are you a veteran or on active duty, a reservist, guardsman or dependent?
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2. How long ago did you transition (retire or separate) from the military?
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3. 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?
4. Based upon your own experiences, please indicate the level of importance for the following items which relate to the transition process:
Not Important
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
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5. Based upon your own experiences, please indicate the level of importance for the following items which relate to the transition process:
Not Important
Important
Extremely Important
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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
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6. 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 include who share this insight or where you might have received this information.
7. What was your most significant concern when you transitioned from the military into the civilian workforce?
8. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:
My transition from the military into the civilian workforce……..
Disagree
Neither Disagree or Agree
Agree
was smooth
was successful
was painful
was confusing
was stressful
took more time than I expected
required a great deal of effort
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9. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:
Disagree
Neither Disagree or Agree
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
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10. 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)
Important, but not in my top 3
Retirement eligible
Medical reasons
Family reasons
Completed my enlistment or service commitment
Wanted to do something different
Didn't enjoy being in the military
The military didn't meet my expectations
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
The military wasn't what I expected
Budget reductions, military downsizing, or force shaping programs
Didn't make the next higher rank
Wanted to be an entrepreneur
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11. 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)
Important, but not in my top 3
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
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12. Considering your first civilian position after departing the military, would you say the pay or salary level was:
Worse than expected
About what I expected
Better than expected
I prefer not to answer
The pay or salary for my first position was....
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13. What type of organization was your first civilian position with?
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14. Are you currently employed?
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15. If you selected 'Entrepreneur' in the previous question, please tell us about your journey from the military to entrepreneurship?
16. Did you attend a government sponsored transition assistance course or training such as TAP, E-TAP, SFL, T-GPS, ACAP, or CONSEP as part of your transition?
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17. 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:
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18. Did you attend any career or job fairs in preparation or during your transition?
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19. Did you utilize the services of a civilian recruiter, placement agency or 'head-hunter' during your transition?
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20. Is there anything you'd like to share with service members about your experience attending civilian job/career fairs and/or your experience utilizing a civilian recruiter, placement agency or 'head-hunter'?
21. Please tell us how difficult your transition to the civilian workforce was compared to what you expected when you decided to transition?
More difficult than expected
About what I expected
Easier than expected
I prefer not to answer
My transition from the military into the civilian workforce was.......
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22. 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 time frame?
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23. 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?
24. Are you happier now compared to when you were in the military?
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25. What about your family? Are they happier now or were they happier when you were in the military?
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26. Is there anything else that you think today's service members and their families should know about the transition process that you weren’t able to share in any of your previous responses?
So that we know you're not a robot, please type the word VET in the text box below.
We'd now like to ask just a few questions so that we know more about the individuals completing this survey.
Are you male or female?
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Please indicate your age group:
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Please indicate which branch you were in when you transitioned out of the military:
active duty
reserve
guard
Army
Navy
Marines
Air Force
Coast Guard
Other
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Please indicate your education level at the time you transitioned from the military:
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What was the highest rank/grade you achieved in the military?
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If you were an officer, please indicate your commissioning source:
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How many total years of active duty and reserve/guard duty did you have when you transitioned (separated or retired)?
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Were you deployed or stationed in a combat zone while in the military?
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In what calendar year did you transition out of the military?
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What was your military discipline, specialty, branch or rating (MOS, AFSC or NEC)?
An example would be - 11B infantry (Army) or 1N0 intelligence (Air Force)
Did you have any dependents when separating from the military?
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Did you relocate or move your household when you transitioned from the military?