ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 1, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's, or ATEC, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, or HHC, conducted their fourth Soldier for Life, or SFL, meeting focusing on the social media platform LinkedIn at ATEC headquarters July 27.

The SFL program was established by the Army in July 2012 to prepare current active, Guard or Reserve Soldiers to successfully transition to civilian life. ATEC's SFL program is open to Soldiers who are considering transitioning from Soldier to civilian; former Soldiers who have already transitioned or retired; and to the civilians who volunteer to serve as mentors.

Capt. Michael S. Lee, ATEC HHC commander, started the command's SFL program in March to give Soldiers the tools they need to be successful after their military career ends. To help facilitate this, he enlists the aid of the large population of military retirees at ATEC who volunteer their time to help transitioning Soldiers through the retirement process by discussing lessons learned.

During the SFL meeting, or lunch box meeting as Lee likes to call them, he explained to the Soldiers who attended the importance of LinkedIn for networking and connecting purposes.

"Not only are some of your friends on LinkedIn, but so are a large number of potential employers," Lee said. "Employers use social media platforms, such as LinkedIn and Facebook to look at a potential employee. What you put on your LinkedIn or Facebook page could be a deciding factor on whether or not you get the job."

Rebecca S. Price, career counselor at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Soldier for Life Program, and Michael Hoban, chief of ATEC's Protection Division, along with Lee, demonstrated how to navigate through the vast network of the LinkedIn social media platform. At the end of their demonstration, Lee opened the floor up for questions and further discussion on the topic.

For more information on the Army's Soldier for Life program, visit http://www.soldierforlife.army.mil.