Bronze Star Recipient Jessica Crow Talks About Separating
Jessica shares how Walmart helped transform her career after the military.
When making a big change, it’s best to be prepared. Starting with how far out you are, follow these steps to make your transition as smooth as possible.
Start thinking about your transition plan – the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP) can help you to make the right separation or retirement choice.
Meet with your local Transition Counselor:
- Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program
- Air Force
- Airman and Family Readiness Center
- Fleet and Family Support Center
- Career Resource Management Center
- Coast Guard
- Worklife Division – Transition Assistance
RallyPoint is a military network that offers free and exclusive access to connect about employment and educational services
Decide if you’re going to school, starting a small business or entering the civilian workforce.
If you want a civilian job that utilizes your military experience, translate your military skills for the civilian workforce using tools like Army COOL or Navy COOL. You can also Find Your Fit to discover opportunities with us that match your skill sets.
If you want to go to school, we partner with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). They currently offer programs for transitioning service members, veterans with disabilities, military caregivers and family members, military women and female family members, and post-9/11 veterans and military spouses.
and the Small Business Administration (SBA) offer resources and programs to learn about business opportunities, obtain grants and low-interest loans, receive training and more.
Solidify your plans about relocation, work, education and healthcare while making sure you’re networking as much as possible.
Take advantage of terminal leave and other benefits while you start sending out resumes, looking for opportunities and attending career fairs or transition workshops.
Your resume allows you to showcase different versions of your brand – let it show who you want to be going forward and not just who you were in the military. And remember, it’s OK to have a different resume for each application. Tailor it to the job you’re applying for.
eBenefits is an online portal to research, find, access, and manage military benefits or personal information. You can apply for benefits, download your DD 214, view your benefits status and more.
At this point, you should be seeking out and accepting job interviews. In the meantime, start the application process for the Department of Veterans Affairs, determine your relocation plans and collect your health records, housing check-out work sheets and other paperwork.
Ensure that all of your military records are accurate before you separate from military service.
You can’t obtain VA benefits without a DD Form 214 ("Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty"), so keep it – and all service documents – in a safe, fireproof place and make at least 10 certified copies.
Our Veterans Welcome Home Commitment guarantees a job to any honorably discharged veteran who meets our standard hiring criteria and has separated from the U.S. military since Memorial Day 2013.
Merchant Talent Programs
See how joining the Merchant Talent Programs at Walmart can help you achieve your career goals.
After proudly serving and pursuing your education, you’re ready for your next big opportunity. It’s right here. In one of our leadership programs, you’ll be placed in a full-time role that puts your career on an accelerated path.
It felt like this is exactly what I’m supposed to do.
After separating from the military, Elise needed a job that could work with her husband’s still active-duty career. She found it here.
Military Family Promise
Our Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or Club for all military personnel (including the National Guard and Reserve) and military spouses employed at Walmart and Sam's Club who move to a different part of the country because their military family has been transferred. The promise also ensures that associates called to active duty will be paid any difference in their salary if the associate is earning less money during their assignment.