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Military & Veteran Resources

Military Career Translator

See How Your Military Job Translates into Skills Civilian Employers Are Seeking
Let PA CareerLink® assist you in transitioning from your military service to a civilian career. The PA CareerLink® Military Occupation Translator breaks down your military job into civilian job skills.

Enter your military branch, keyword or job title you’re interested in to get a listing of related civilian jobs with detailed occupation profiles, including wage data, education and more.

Education & Career Advancement

Military Credentialing Opportunities
If you are interested in getting a credential related to your Military Occupational Specialty, check out the Army Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website to find credentialing opportunities and financial assistance for you.  Please Note: This is a military website and requires that .mil use certificates issued by the Department of Defense, you’ll receive a warning about the site certificate and will need to agree to successfully access the site.

Preparing for Higher Education or Career Advancement
As a service member, you’re accustomed to developing a plan and following through to achieve your goals. Setting personal goals to pursue a degree or career advancement is no different. Military OneSource provides resources, information and strategies on developing your personal plan to prepare for college or achieving career advancement. In addition, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a lot of great resources on the GI Bill, education and training opportunities, VA-approved institutions and educational programs and services.

Pennsylvania National Guard Tuition Assistance
Tuition assistance is available for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard for a period of six years. If you’re interested in a degree or certificate program, learn more about eligibility and assistance opportunities on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) site.

Education and Assistance Opportunities
Veterans, service members and their families may qualify for educational benefits to enroll in college or participate in an apprenticeship or on-the-job training program in Pennsylvania. Learn more about your eligibility and educational opportunities available through the GI Bill®.

Career Planning & Resources

Military and Veteran Career Planning & Resources
Returning to civilian life? Starting a second career? Looking for an employer that values active National Guard and Reserve service? Bring the unique experience and personal qualities you developed in the military and continue your work in public service with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

While serving your country, you developed valuable skills and experience that are extremely valued in state government. Consider starting a career in public service where you can continue to make a difference in the commonwealth.

Connect with Veterans’ Employment Representatives at any of the statewide PA CareerLink® Offices to receive free job counseling, training referrals, and placement services. Eligible veterans are given priority in the referral to job openings and training opportunities, with disabled veterans receiving the highest priority.

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) has both civil and non-civil service employment available. The DMVA also provides an online directory of useful links and resources including information for education and employment.

Employment Support
As a service member or veteran looking to join the civilian workforce, start a business or receive assistance in employment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment services that can assist you with job training, employment accommodations, personalized counseling, support and job skill coaching to reach your career goals.

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