AER Allocates $3 Million in Grants Towards Career Skills Program Assistance

Army Emergency Relief supports the U.S. Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP) by providing grants to Soldiers. The AER CSP support initiative will be piloted for 60 days at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, and JBLM beginning 19 July 2021.  After successful completion of the pilot program, AER intends to roll out the CSP Assistance Program at all installations worldwide. A decision will be made for Army-wide implementation on or after 17 September 2021.


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 thousand 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 CSP. AER’s support of CSP further expands its commitment to the Army’s number one priority: People.

The CSP Assistance program may cover costs related to CSP as follows:

  • Travel Expenses (airfare or fuel)
  • Uniforms/Business Attire
  • Tools/CSP Training Supplies
  • Lodging
  • Utilities
  • Food

With this new program, AER expects to support five thousand Soldiers transitioning into careers after military service.


How To Apply?

Only Soldiers at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, and JBLM are currently eligible for this pilot program. Other locations should check back in after the pilot has concluded on or after September 17.  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 assistance@aerhq.org

Use our Office Locator tool to find your nearest AER Office.

Pilot locations will be asked to participate in a follow-up “Teams” session midway through the pilot period to get feedback on any recommended procedural improvements and capture “Lessons Learned”. Additionally, pilot locations will be asked to participate in a final “Teams” session at the end of the Pilot period to conduct an After Action Review (AAR) of the CSP Pilot. After successful completion of the pilot program, AER intends to roll out the CSP Assistance Program at all installations worldwide.

 

Are You an AER Officer?

Click here to download the Official Career Skills Program (CSP) Assistance Guidance.

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