Government Resources

ArmyCOOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs), explains how Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started.

NavyCOOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Navy servicemembers (enlisted and officers) find information on certifications and licenses related to enlisted ratings, designators, collateral duties/out of rate assignments and officer designators; explains how Sailors can meet civilian certification and license requirements; and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started.

The National Resource Directory shares programs and resources as well as job listings. Categorized by topic area, it highlights several resources in each area, screened to determine relevance and usefulness. It also links to several hotlines and crisis lines.

A specific resource in the American Job Center Network, “Career One Stop Pathways to Career Success” features a veteran employment section focused on transition, benefits, education, training, skills, unemployment benefits and more.

The purpose of this website is to assist Veterans in understanding employee eligibility and job entitlements, employer obligations, and benefits and remedies under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). 

The U.S. Department of Labor helps connect employers with qualified Veterans and provides employers with information about legislation and funding to train and hire America’s Veterans and separating servicemembers. Veterans can apply for a Gold Card to receive enhanced intensive services at local One-Stop Career Centers, including job readiness assessment, career guidance and referrals to employers. Employers using the Veteran Job Bank will have access to these qualified Veterans. Also available is My Next Move for Veterans, a career planning tool.

Veterans can use tools in the O*Net website to examine how a position for which they are applying aligns with military occupations.  The Military Occupational Classification (MOC) crosswalk was updated by the Department of Defense in July 2013 and was incorporated into O*NET OnLine and My Next Move for Veterans. More than 10,000 MOC occupations are linked to related O*NET-SOC occupations. The crosswalk is supplemented with data from the Army COOL and Navy COOL projects.

Transitioning military personnel can use their military code or title to discover related civilian occupations/careers within O*NET Online's Military Crosswalk Search or My Next Move for Veterans' Military Transition Search.

Collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, eBenefits categorizes resources for Veterans, service members and family members. Registration allows access to benefits applications, status updates, documents related to benefits and related services from VA and DoD. 

The Department of Veteran Affair's Veteran Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR & E) Program provides a national employment training resource for Veterans.

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers up to 12 months of retraining assistance equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty rate, currently $1,473/month, for qualified Veterans.  Unemployed Veterans with service-connected disabilities may qualify for additional vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits as well.