UPDATE: As of 01 December 2021, Army Emergency Relief has officially approved assistance for the Army’s Career Skills Program at all installations worldwide.
What is the Career Skills Program?
Created in 2015, the Career Skills Program (CSP) allows retiring and separating Soldiers to participate in skills training during their transitional period to improve their civilian employment options. The program’s focus is on pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeships, on-the-job training, internships, job shadowing, and other types of employment skills training during the last 180 days of service.
After military service, with over 93 percent placement rate of more than 30,000 Soldiers having attended. While participating in CSP, Soldiers may accrue personal expenses due to travel, tools/supplies, lodging, food, and more.
How Will AER Help?
Army Emergency Relief has committed $3 million in grants to support Soldiers approved for participation in the U.S. Army’s Career Skills Program. AER’s support of CSP further expands its commitment to the Army’s number one priority: People. Assistance may be provided as a grant up to $500 for participation in a local CONUS CSP, a grant up to $1000 for participation in a non-local CONUS CSP, and a grant up to $1500 for Soldiers traveling from OCONUS to participate in a CONUS CSP. Exceptions may apply to those who request it.
AER Assistance may cover costs related to CSP as follows:
- Travel Expenses (airfare or fuel)
- Uniforms/Business Attire
- Tools/CSP Training Supplies
With this new category of assistance, AER expects to support five thousand Soldiers transitioning into careers after military service.
How To Apply?
To apply or learn more, Soldiers should contact their local AER officer or, in the event a local office is inaccessible or located further than 50 miles away, please contact AER headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Click here to download the Official Career Skills Program (CSP) Assistance Guidance.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 19 July 2021 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.