Association of Graduates

Additional Resources

In your transition efforts, cast your net wide. Don't limit yourself solely to service academy/military resources. Go on-line to find lots of information about job hunting. Look at professional association websites which may have career/job pages.

Local Networking Opportunities - Local chapters often provide great leads to a new position in their area. Some cities have service academy networking groups which include graduates of all the academies. Don't restrict yourself to networking only with Air Force graduates. With nearly fifty chapters around the world, check to see if there is one near you or near where you want to go. Find them at www.usafa.org. Local chapter members are working and living where you want to be. They often have crucial but not widely known information that will help you find your next position. Other organizations with an affinity for the Academy (such as parents clubs) also can provide the leads to finding a new position.

Air Force Transition Assistance Programs - Take Advantage of any career transition programs offered at your base. They are free and they provide information on job hunting, resume writing and other valuable job search tips. Also, local companies will often pass information about their open positions to the transition office.

US Air Force Civil Service Jobs - Most civil service jobs with the US Air Force are centrally controlled through the Civilian Personnel section of the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph AFB TX (http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/). This website contains lists of open positions as well as application procedures. Applying for positions through this site requires that you have a properly formatted and active resume on file at AFPC PRIOR to applying for most positions. Therefore, make sure you allow plenty of time between when you submit your resume and the closing date of the position for which you are applying. You can also find useful information regarding the Force Shaping Boards and links to other services provided by or through the Air Force.

Force Shaping - For the latest information regarding the Air Force's efforts to manage its end strength, please visit http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/forceshape/.

Career Counseling - Limited counseling is available with Wayne Taylor, the Director of Programs, at wayne.taylor@aogusafa.org. This career counseling service is provided to alumni seeking a career change, as well as military officers making career transitions after their military obligation.

USAFA Transcripts - Occasionally, copies of your USAFA transcript must be provided to prospective employers. For instructions on how to get properly certified copies of your transcripts, contact the Registrar's office at 719.333.3970 (DSN 333-3970).

Bradley-Morris, Inc (BMI) is the largest military-focused recruiting firm in the U.S. BMI specializes in helping Fortune 1000 and emerging companies hire military talent. Click here to view their advice for military job seekers in the transition to the civilian work force.

Lucas Group Military Transition Recruiters - Lucas Group has facilitated more than 25,000 successful military transitions from active duty military service to civilian careers.
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The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) offers excellent additional career services to its members and their spouses (all active, retired, and former military officers are eligible) through its TOPS (The Officer Placement System) program. MOAA also participates or sponsors job fairs around the country. Since MOAA's events are open to almost anyone, you lose the exclusivity of your academy education in such a large group. Never-the-less, opportunities may still be found at these events. It just requires you to work harder to prove the value of your service academy education and to make yourself stand out of the crowd to the recruiters.