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Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)

What is it?
Established in 1990, the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) is an integral part of the Army personnel lifecycle.  The ACAP provides comprehensive transition services to separating and retiring Soldiers, their Family members, and Department of the Army (DA) Civilians.  The ACAP counselors deliver the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling, provide job search training, assist in the use of automated employment tools, conduct one-on-one employment counseling, and facilitate employment workshops/seminars. 

What has the Army done?
The Army is committed to providing a full range of available transition services to eligible Soldiers, their Family members, and DA Civilians.  The ACAP established strong partnerships with internal Army service providers as well as the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs to maximize the use of all available quality transition services. 

The implementation of ACAP Express in February 2008 provides Soldiers on-line access from any location to register for ACAP and schedule themselves for various events (e.g., workshops, seminars, briefings).  In addition, Soldiers can access job assistance training tutorials, use the automated resume and cover letter writer, and contact ACAP counselors via email or phone for individual assistance. 

The ACAP recognizes the importance of ensuring that separating Soldiers weigh the value of their options, whether they are reenlisting to obtain additional experience, pursuing education/certification options or joining the Reserve Components to continue serving their country.  Army Career Counselors and In-Service Recruiters participate in ACAP transition briefings and employment workshops.    

The ACAP is a centrally managed program which ensures standardized transition services are provided across the Army worldwide at 51 ACAP centers.  Local ACAP offices are staffed with degreed counselors and other support staff.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The ACAP will continue to be part of the Army Wounded Warrior Program to ensure that severely wounded or injured Soldiers and their Families receive information on transition benefits and employment services.  The ACAP is also a working partner with the Army Spouse Employment Program, assisting with promoting job fairs targeted to assist Army spouses.

Why is this important to the Army?
The ACAP makes a difference to those Soldiers who use the program and separate or retire and those Soldiers that remain in the Army.  Soldiers who transition smoothly because they used ACAP services show possible recruits and their Families that the Army takes care of them when they return to civilian life.

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