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Improving Employment Prospects for Soldiers Leaving the Regular Army

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Technical Report

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RAND Arroyo Center Santa Monica United States

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Some soldiers struggle to find employment after they leave the Regular Army, and many claim unemployment compensation. Among young soldiers, unemploymenthas historically been at or above that of a comparable civilian group. This suggests that, while youth unemployment is a problem, young veterans often have additional difficulties in the civilian job market. Furthermore, since 2012, the Army has been reducing its active component end strength this has increased the number of soldiers leaving the Regular Army each year, exacerbating challenges for soldiers entering the civilian workplace. This brief highlights the results of a study to improve the transition process for enlisted soldiers leaving the Regular Army. We assessed the knowledge, skills, and abilities KSAs and other job characteristics of soldiers in ten of the most populous Army military occupational specialties MOSs to develop improved crosswalks between military and civilian occupations and to help soldiers describe their work experience to potential civilian employers.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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