October 23, 2021

Changes at ACAP Patterned after Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The Army Career and Alumni Program is adopting a new program that will aid a soldier’s transition back into the life of a civilian. These changes were inspired by a program in place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Currently, under a congressional mandate, a pre-separation briefing is required no later than 90 days before leaving active duty, with 30-40 hours of ACAP training. The new program will require the process to begin at least 12 to 18 months before a soldier leaves active duty.

An extension in the timeframe of the program will enable soldiers to take advantage of it, without interfering with their duties. Before leaving active duty, all soldiers must have a resume, regardless of their plans, and commanders will be made aware of Soldier participation.

This plan was initially developed at JBLM, due to the high unemployment rate among soldiers who leave active duty. In 2010, the Army spent $500 million supporting former Soldiers who were without a job. The cost is expected to rise to $700-800 million this year.

The counselors at JBLM realized that the soldiers needed more time for transition when deciding what to do next, whether it be re-enlisting, starting a business, or something else. With this information, the counselors could guide Soldiers to the correct resources and help them to reach their goals.

ACAP director Walter M. Herd said: “(The program) really does highlight that the Army is all about people. Whether you’re 25 or 65, everyone has a next chapter.”

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U.S. Army
ACAP – Official Website



  1. D says:

    The army doesn’t care about sh!t. Its leadership is always trying to find loops and holes around the regulations to suit their needs. This is pure truth.

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