By Mark HeeterFebruary 4, 2020
WIESBADEN, Germany - Eligible Soldiers nearing separation will soon be able
to prepare for transition through the Warrior Training Advancement Course,
or WARTAC, a program that provides possible employment with the Department
of Veterans Affairs, or VA.
Soldiers who complete the 12-week program have the chance to interview for
jobs with the Veterans Benefits Administration, allowing them to build on
the valuable training and skills they developed while serving in uniform.
"It's a great way for Soldiers to have something in place as a Plan A
leaving the military," said Ric James, chief of transition services for
Installation Management Command-Europe.
The next class is scheduled from April 13 to June 25, 2020, at Sembach
Kaserne and is open to Soldiers who will be available to begin with the VA
in late August. Past sessions at IMCOM-Europe have yielded dozens of job
offers for separating Soldiers.
"The last time we offered WARTAC, we had 15 people go through the program
and 15 got hired. VA WARTAC have greater than 95 percent placement rate
across the Department of Defense," James said.
Soldiers within 180 days of separation and who anticipate an honorable
discharge, have the approval of their commander, and meet other hiring
requirements of the VA and Office of Personnel Management are encouraged to
Mandatory briefings will be held Feb. 10-13, and Soldiers must reach out to
their garrison's Transition Service Manager (TSM) to receive information
to enroll in the class.
For more information, interested Soldiers should contact their garrison's
transition service manager (TSM) or contact Mr. James at
The other TSMs in Europe are:
USAG Rheinland-Pfalz: Dana Cozzens at DSN 541-9000
USAG Wiesbaden: Barbara Barnett at DSN 548-1304
USAG Stuttgart: Phillip Masterson at DSN 431-3673
USAG Bavaria: Anne Fugate at DSN 476-2057
USAG Italy: David Poulin at DSN 637-8151