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The transition from military to civilian life is not a walk in the park – for those working in the transition process, how do you choose your support?
What if a program supported your transition from career services, education, and job placement?
CHECKED shines as a seasoned transitional platform taking this holistic approach.
While studying at the University of Texas, Navy SEAL and VETTED founder Michael Sarraille saw a lack of veterans joining American companies. While there are thousands of work programs available, there was no organizational structure or process that produced repeatable results specifically for veterans.
Sarraille, the architect behind VETTED, led the development of what is now hailed as the most comprehensive veterans transition platform.
Current CEO Robert White notes three parts of a successful transition: career development + education + placement.
Army-funded programs, like TGPS, provide part of the career services component while job placement firms, like Bradley Morris Inc. and others, seek out talent, but as White notes, “without the education part, you will reach a plateau “.
Many veterans are familiar with career service resources, but the common tools they use often don’t work for work placement. Transitioning military advisers are not the same advocates as recruiters, and many of the education programs used while in service lack alumni and civilian programs’ brand recognition.
For example, 50% of 2017-2018 VETTED Fellows have MBAs from programs you know in uniform – but sadly, military MBA programs are not as recognizable as the top MBA programs in the civilian world. Even though they are equally educated, veterans often do not get the respect they deserve in the civilian market.
The alignment and consistency of military support to civilian support are the strengths of VETTED.
“This is the professional military education platform to accelerate high-caliber veterans into business leaders or entrepreneurs. “-Robert Blanc
VETTED operates in five stages: preparation for transition, distance education, residency education, work placement and follow-up.
Potential fellows complete a detailed application process and, if accepted, progress through a five-month distance education program.
Each distance learning program is associated with a leading regionally accredited MBA program.
The first fellows complete their courses with the Executive Education / MBA departments at the University of Texas Texas AM University, receiving the same course content and training as their civilian counterparts. And as the VETTED program rolls out nationwide, fellows will be able to target programs based on the geographic locations they wish to transition to.
Residence and placement
After distance learning, fellows meet for a two-month in-person residency.
In February, 40 fellows will undergo intensive training at UT McCombs Texas AM Mays business schools. They follow orientation training in management consulting or entrepreneurship.
After the residency, VETTED partnered with Bradley Morris, Veterati, American Corporate Partners and other experts to provide support to the graduates.
Fellows partner with both VETTED and industry mentors to find ideal employers and network for employment. No other provider of transition assistance or training has this “cradle to grave” structure.
VETTED leadership is committed to including diversity among scholarship recipients and leadership.
White notes that VETTED is researching with the Women’s Center at the University of Washington on how to better target women for the program. The current scholarship program is made up of 12.5% women and VETTED wishes to increase this percentage to better match the ex-combatant population in transition.
VETTED’s partnership with the University of Washington goes beyond targeted recruitment and outreach. UW’s Foster School of Business was recently announced as the third school to implement VETTED’s Accelerated Veterans Management program.
With other schools currently in negotiation, VETTED is poised to become the premier transitional platform to catapult military leaders into management consulting, operations and entrepreneurship.
But growth has its limits.
VETTED has broadened its donation model to allow individual contributors, as well as corporate sponsors, both for scholarships or for their entire program. If you are interested in supporting, please reach out.
About the Author: Travis is an active-duty lieutenant commander in the United States Coast Guard. He is currently a Marine Inspector, Port State Control Officer, assigned to the Port of New Orleans. He is also the author of two books, including his recent book Order your transition.