In November 2009, President Obama issued an executive order promoting the recruitment and employment of veterans within the Federal Government. It established an interagency Council on Veterans Employment, which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of Labor and Veterans Affairs. In support of this initiative, the Federal Government established various websites to assist Veterans with employment and training opportunities. Please visit the links below to see what might apply to you.
Wounded Warrior Cybersecurity Academy: The mission of the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy (W2CCA) is to "Build the Next Generation of Cyber Defenders by Cross-Training the League of Wounded Warriors to help Protect and Defend the Nation's Information Systems." Please click the title URL to watch a short YouTube Video on the Academy, or click here to visit their website.
Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers multiple educational benefits that eligible Veterans or dependents may use to obtain a Cyber Security degree or certificate. To search for schools that are approved for GI Bill benefits please go to http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do. You can search for a list of schools in your state by clicking on the state, and then looking for a particular institution by name. After clicking on a school in the list provided, you can click on the “programs” button for a list of approved programs at the school. If a Cyber Security degree program is listed in a school catalog or shown on the school's website, but is not listed as approved when searching for approved programs, please contact the VA School Certifying Official at that facility to determine if the program is approved for GI Bill benefits. Additional information on determination of eligibility, and benefit programs can be found at http://www.gibill.va.gov/.
Veterans Upward Bound - Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
Veterans Scholarships: There are some scholarships reserved specifically for Veterans. In the future, those scholarships will be listed on the Scholarships page.
Feds Hire Vets: This informative site provides detailed information for transitioning service members, veterans, and family members on veterans’ preference, special hiring authorities, and federal employment. It is sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and endorsed by all Federal agencies under President Obama’s executive order. The Agency Directory provides the contact information for the Veterans Employment Program Offices within the Federal government.
VA for Vets (Feds for Vets): Comprehensive career assistance website offering career-search tools for veterans seeking federal employment, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. Coaches are available 24/7 to help translate military skills, build resumes and apply to open vacancies.
CareerOneStop: This website provides employment, training and financial help to veterans upon completion of their military service.
National Resource Directory (NRD): The NRD was developed in partnership with Department of Defense, Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs. It provides national, state and local services and resources for Veterans.
Veterans Reemployment: This website provides employment, training and financial help to veterans upon completion of their military service.
"My Next Move for Vets" This website is sponsored by the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Division, and provides three different career search engines. Additionally, My Next Move provides a website for veterans to search for careers that offer an apprenticeship.
Job Corps for Transitioning Military Service Members; Job Corps helps veterans transition by providing training in new career fields, and working to find a job in that new career field for up to 21 months.
Find Your Career on NICCS: Discover what a career in cybersecurity is all about. A diverse field with 31 specialty areas, cybersecurity attracts professionals from all walks of life. Explore career roadmaps and find the training you need to advance your career.
You can also explore the Professionals Page to see how real veterans transitioned into the cybersecurity workforce.