Posted on Nov 26, 2021
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Question for those Army retirees out there who have selected a different transition point than where you were assigned (i.e. transition center-station of choice).
In my case, I'm assigned to fort rucker, alabama, and will be requesting my transition point be fort carson, colorado (because this is the area I will be relocating to and likely doing an internship (dod skillbridge/career skills program) there.
Before I meet with my retirement services officer next week, to do my DA 2339, I'm interested in hearing from those folks who have gone this route where you outprocess/transition at a different location.
What were the pros/cons for you? Was there more to it than just clearing at another installation?
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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You know you could have the Army pay you PTDY to go there, perform your internship, and then pay for you to move there. If you do the SOC you have to pay for your move to Carson from Rucker.
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SFC (Join to see) Colorado Springs is the place to be
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LTC Jason Mackay
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SFC (Join to see) - say you and thousands of others. This was the number one relocation move destination (not just military) las the year. The real estate market is cut throat. Get a realtor and decide if sight unseen works for you. I retired in 2016 and we've been in our forever house for almost three years. You'll have to kiss some frogs before you find your prince here. We had to move fast and assume some risk.
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Negative ghost rider. The Skillbridge/CSP internships are very upfront that you will NOT receive any funds for PTDY or any reimbursement whatsoever for any costs incurred for travel.
Source: I'm participating in the program and just went through the process.
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SFC (Join to see) I pulled it up and looked at it. I realize the source of my confusion is that CSP programs will charge your GI Bill in order to pay for training or training at a different location.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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I transitioned through Ft Carson, I was stationed there so I cant speak to going to a different transition point. I can say
- they did a reasonably good job
- you get out what you put in
- take all the different tracks you can
- put in a JROTC packet even if you don’t plan on doing that. 3 years and some life experiences can change your mind drastically….then you’re out of luck unless you have an approved packet.
- understand the Colo Spgs economy. If you want contractor jobs, get space qualified on AD if you can those are the big contractor jobs. Now that would be a good PTDY ask....
- big 4 tourism, healthcare, defense and IT.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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SFC (Join to see) good luck in transition. If you are interested in Scottish culture and helping veterans give me a shout about Scottish American Military Society Post 1806.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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SFC (Join to see) - the single largest impediment to career searches and changes for veterans is the lack of a local personal network. 80% of job seekers get jobs based on personal and professional networks. So the only question might be, do you know enough people in the Springs to make this work?

If you don't have a network, you can build one but it takes time. Join professional and community organizations. Particularly in professions you are trying to break into.

I'd also recommend signing up with the Mt Carmel Veterans Center, a public-private partnership. They had monthly hiring events that had HR folks from companies looking to hire and veterans. No tables. Just people standing around talking. I did not get hired that way, but I went and got feedback on my resume, the HR people talk to each other, so if one can't help you, they take your networking card (go to vistaprint.com and esome made for cheap), and shop you around. Sign up with the USO 360, they will also help you network and tear down/rebuild your resume. These two groups are Colorado Springs specific.

Also go to SFL TAP at Carson and find out when the next mock interviews are. They bring in Pikes Peak Work Force Center, community and business leaders for mock interviews. Sometimes they ask guys for their resume and offer them something on the spot, even though it was just a practice/feedback activity.
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LTC Jason Mackay Roger sir, I agree with and have done all of the above. Thanks for your detail. I appreciate that sir.
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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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I can sure understand the attraction to Colorado, I had considered staying there after My experience at Lowry AFB, CO and I loved that area and Colorado in general. Except for seashore they had most every type of country I liked. lots of things to see and do. I considered going onto a Police Department in CO including Englewood, Aurora or Lakewood. Most of what entered into it though was most my family connections and History were from Massachusetts though going back to 1637 when it was still a British Colony.
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If you know where you want to put down roots, it works exactly as planned. I utilized the very same type of CG Program (can't remember what the CG called it) when I retired. I was able to transfer to USCG Sector Columbia River (old Group Astoria, Astoria, OR) from USCG Group Long Island Sound, New Haven, CT. approx. 1.5 months prior to retiring. I had a house rented, my wife had a job at the Hospital, and the kids enrolled in HS prior to getting back to Astoria. I used my proscribed 10 days travel time, 3 days proceed time and 17 days of personal leave for a full 30 days off while moving back to the PNW. Once there and after my leave was up, I reported in to the Operations Center a cool 5 minutes from the house, worked for them for 2 weeks and that was it. Easy peasy with zero negreps.
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Thank you very much for your reply. Glad it worked out. That is very helpful.
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