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United States Army
Santa Fe & 80th Street
Fort Hood, TX 76544
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
Civilian positions in the competitive civil service area most frequently filled at Fort Hood are medical clerk, sales store checker, licensed vocational nurse, nursing assistant, registered nurse, education technician (child care), test data collector and data management specialist.
There are often many other positions available in the medical field (i.e., registered nurses, doctors, pharmacists, medical support assistants, nursing assistants), human resources specialists and assistants (military), police officers, budget analysts and technicians, logistics management specialists, and various administrative and clerical positions.
Civil Service Employment
Fort Hood’s Civilian Personnel Advisory Center occupies two buildings. Appropriated andNon-Appropriated Fund human resources are located in Building 4820 Washington Street. Morale Welfare and Recreation, worker's compensation and the military spouse program are located in Building 4819 Washington Street. Offices are closed to walk-ins noon-4 p.m. daily. For civil service employment, find all government jobs at Fort Hood at USAJOBS.
Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program
The Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program assists all Department of Defense identification card holders seeking employment in the Central Texas labor market – for on- and off-post career opportunities. Job seekers and career changers are encouraged to contact the ACS ERP in their area as soon as they receive orders or as soon as possible after their arrival at Fort Hood. The ERP staff will assist you in establishing career goals and objectives. ERP staff will coordinate employment education and training workshops on a recurring schedule. Workshops are available to assist you in developing and refining resumes, learning interviewing skills, defining personal and professional goals, learning about the job outlook, and directing you to job leads and resources. There are a variety of approaches used to ensure your job search needs are met and that you're properly prepared for any career opportunity that interests you. To sign up for any services, contact ACS ERP by calling254-287-6067 or DSN 312-738-6067, or visit their website.
ACS is located in the Shoemaker Center, Building 36000 Darnall Loop, Fort Hood, Texas. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Note: For information about the Military Spousal Preference Program, contact the ACS ERP at Fort Hood at 254-287-6067 or DSN 312-738-6067.
Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program
Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is the lead Army agency with responsibility to assist commanders with the execution of their transition assistance program under Public Law 112-56, the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011. SFL-TAP provides full-spectrum transition services to Soldiers, Retirees and their Army Families in transition from active duty, or demobilizing. Statutory counseling employment life skills training includes job search, resume writing, career guidance, benefits use, and negotiation skills relevant to a successful transition to civilian life.
The Fort Hood TAP Center can be reached at (254) 288-2227, 288-JOBS (5627), or 553-6363; and is located on the third floor, Copeland Soldier Service Center, Building 18010, T.J. Mills and Battalion Avenue. The Center features a computer lab with 25 computers. Job postings, counselor resume assistance, and reference materials are available in the lab from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (open during lunch).
Services and assistance are provided by certified TAP counselors at absolutely no charge. Soldiers are required to begin transition activities not later than 366 days prior to separation; and authorized on-duty time to train and prepare for transition to civilian careers. The foundation course for Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is the mandatory Five-Day VOW Workshop which occurs weekly at the Soldier Development Center. Weekly Senior, and bi-monthly Executive-level Employment Workshops are available for officers, senior NCOs, and those eligible to retire with 20 years of active duty. Your assigned TAP Counselor will take it from there with one-on-one help with job search, writing a resume, cover letter, or thank you letter, developing a portfolio, posting the resume online, completing a job application, registering for VA Benefits and much more. In addition, optional Two-Day Seminars in the areas of Career Technical, Higher-Education, and Entrepreneur Tracks; as well as a host of specialty seminars ranging from Federal Resume to Troops2Teachers are available.
The two-day Entrepreneurship Seminar, presented by the US Small Business Administration, is offered every month. This two-day overview complements other business offerings, such as "Being Your Own Boss," "Home Based Business," and "Taking Your Business to the Internet."
The twice weekly two-day Accessing Higher Education seminar assists those who plan to attend college. Transitioners find institutions and degree programs to fulfill their career goals, determine costs, explore loans, grants, and scholarships, and complete college application packages.
The weekly two-day Career Technical Training seminar is facilitated by the US Veterans Administration and designed for individuals interested in attending trade or technical schools. This course guides Transitioners in evaluating training needs, and selecting the appropriate technical school.
Soldier's opportunities to put what they learn into practice occur at SFL-TAP's bi-annual MEGA Career Fairs each event host 185 employers; 5000 Job Seekers)-these are the largest in the Department of Defense. Additional hiring events occur on as needed based on individual corporate requests.
Additional transition opportunities authorized under the VOW Act include participation in up to 22-weeks of select, on-duty career skills programs, offered by industry, during a Soldier's final 180 days on active duty. Completion of these programs results in the high probability of employment; and selection for these programs is highly competitive, as seats are limited. Soldiers must be in good standing with the command; on track for an honorable discharge; receive the support of their Battalion Commander on program release forms; and commit to achieving the highest of industry course graduation standards. All program are at no cost to Soldiers, and current programs operating at Fort Hood include:
GM/ Raytheon (Shifting Gears) – 13 Weeks
Automotive Technician Training, not a fully certified GM mechanic upon completion but close. Recruiter specifically looking for 91Bs, but will take anyone with mechanical background and genuine passion for cars. 4300 dealerships across the country, mainly outside the Central Texas area. Program does not provide tools, but works with soldier to help them negotiate their compensation package. Training is done on newer vehicles, with real focus on diagnosis and trouble shooting. 30 students per class. Class is offered approximately four times per year. Training is done for the full five days of the week. Training is free of charge.
Veterans in Piping (VIP)—18 Weeks
Welding Program that rolls graduates into a Union apprenticeship. Training takes one full year off the five year apprenticeship. Placements made at 276 union locations across the nation. Class runs four days a week, ten hours a day. Students must pass a number of welding tests without imperfections. Looking for students who are looking to make this a long lasting career. Training is free of charge.
Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program (HOH)—12 Weeks
Corporate partnership that runs a Management Level project with participating industry businesses. Three days a week, students are with the company. One day per week, cohort is at the Texas Workforce Commission for classroom training. Partner companies changes with each cohort, dependent upon the make-up of students and their backgrounds. HOH has a strict deadline of events in order to be selected for the class. Generally, application is due two months prior to the start date of class. Resumes are required for selection. Most companies are out of Austin, sometimes Temple and Waco. Students must understand there is a transportation requirement. Training is free of charge.
DFW Airport Police Academy Program—19 Weeks
DFW Airport Police are responsible for the airport as well as the 35 mile radius around it. It is the 3rd highest paying police force in Texas. Training is in conjunction with Central Texas College. Upon completion they are certified Texas officers (bear in mind some departments have specific additional requirements). DFW has a strict timeline of events for application. The most recent class had an application deadline approximately four months prior to class start date. This is because of the extensive application process, background investigation, physical fitness test, and psychological examination. Training is free of charge.
VA’s Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC) – 10 weeks – Veterans Service Representatives
Federal Position as a Veterans Service Representative. Students will learn how to document and compile health information that will eventually lead to a disability rating. Work environment is an office, cubicle style with constant flow of paperwork and fast turnaround times. Most states only have one Regional Office; Texas has two (Waco and Houston). Areas with WARTAC training are usually oversaturated and availability is extremely limited. WARTAC has a strict timeline of events, as well as the need for a federal resume. There is a mandatory brief that usually occurs two months prior to the start of class. Class is only run twice a year. Students must be active duty the entire length of class. The position has a jumping scale for the first three years starting as a GS-07, GS-09, and GS-10. Training is free of charge.
Resume Specifics for WARTAC:
1. Ability to utilize computer software
2. Explanation of how they research, interpret, analyze regulations
3. Ways in which they communicate to employees
Troops into Transportation (CDL School)—4-5 Weeks**
Commercial Driver’s License training that requires student payment, but leaves student open to fielding numerous job offers. Schools work with 12 different partners to pre-hire students. Classes run every two weeks and is a great option for chapters, with a quick out date.
**While they offer the same basics, each one has more specifics that the students should be aware of before they make a decision. The CSP office recommends the student talk to each company prior to signing with either in order to make the best informed decision when it comes to pay, location, actual drive time, time home, and additional endorsements offered.
Caliber Collision—18 Weeks
Collision Repair that teaches all aspects of trade except painting. Classes are tentatively scheduled to start every six weeks. Upon completion of the class, placement will be at Caliber Collision centers regionally, from California, south through Texas and then up the coast. Caliber is in 17 states and widely expanding. Any MOS is encouraged to apply as they teach all of the information needed. Company is looking for highly motivated personnel, looking to invest in this career. Training is free of charge.
City of Austin Veterans Internship Program – Up to 22 Weeks
Currently working with three departments. First, Fleet Management which is the preventative maintenance on all of the cities vehicles. Secondly, the Energy department, which is fixing cable lines as well as being dispatched to natural disaster areas. Finally, Water Treatment – requires previous experience. There is no designated class start dates with these programs, as we begin matching them when we have enough students interested. Training is free of charge.
SAP – 10 Weeks
The Systems Applications & Products in Data Processing Course (SAP) is a high-demand business solutions, data processing and programming systems for Enterprise Resource planning (ERP) strategies to numerous companies across the globe in various industries. SAP is designed for Active-Duty Service- Members transitioning from Military Service. SAP is a fulltime training program – conducted during duty hours. Upon successful completion of the training program, graduates are marketable from mid-size to Fortune 500 companies globally that use SAP. The average salaries in the SAP industry are between $45,000- $100,000. Class address is Central Texas College – Fort Hood, Building 3202, Room 136.
Airstreams – 7 Weeks
The Renewable Energy and Communications Tower Technician Program offers the certifications required for employment consideration in the wind, cell tower, and other industrial sectors. Certificates include Authorized Climber, Electrical and Electrical Metering Safety, Torque and Tension, First Aid & CPR, OSHA 10, Level 1 Crane Rigging, Signalperson, Capstan Hoist and CADWELD.
This training provides the knowledge and skills for a career climbing cell towers and wind turbines.
HIHIT – 9 Weeks
The University of Texas at Austin Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program.
7 weeks of classroom instruction to include multiple networking events with Health IT companies, opportunities to earn four external certifications in Project Management, Six Sigma, Healthcare Quality, and Revenue Cycle Management. Career development and job search strategies. This program also has a 2 week practicum with healthcare partners.
Heroes Make America - 10 Weeks
HMA (Heroes Make America) is an accelerated 9-week training program, held 4 to 5 times a year. Each class will have a maximum of 30 service members (and spouses where space allows). The service members in our training program will acquire industry specific skills and certifications needed to be successful in a manufacturing career.
Participants will earn: 7 industry-specific credentials – Safety, Quality, Production, Maintenance, CPT+, Fork Lift Operator, OSHA 10, Basic Reading, Math, and Locating Services. Participants will also earn a certified Production Technician Certification and a certificate of completion from the Manufacturing Institute. Training is free of charge.
HBI – Home Builders Institute – 12 Weeks
HBI provides veterans hands-on construction training leading to a nationally recognized certification and job placement assistance at no cost. HBI works closely with the homebuilding industry to provide current and effective training based on standards developed by residential construction experts and educators.
The program builds the skills of its veteran trainees at a variety of career levels, from pre-apprenticeship to superintendent-level training. Among the available training programs are:
HBI PACT: Students who complete training through HBI PACT for Veterans meet the standards for pre-apprenticeship, qualifying them for semi-skilled employment in their respective trades.
Millwrights – 8 Weeks
A millwright is a high-precision craftsman or tradesmen who install, maintain, diagnose, and repair equipment such as compressors, pumps, conveyors, gas and steam turbines, monorails, and extruders. They can be found performing mission-critical work at coal, gas, nuclear, and alternative-energy power plants. Their skills are also vital in industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.
This program is designed to furnish each participant with pre-employment training, requirements and preparation necessary to be work-ready and referred to any of our contracting partners in the industrial construction marketplace
United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Millwrights and Pile Drivers (UBC) is a union that will provide equipment and training for Soldiers at no cost. Soldiers who complete the training program will be offered employment with UBC as an apprentice. Soldiers will also have the option of being placed at locations of desired residency. Soldier should have basic math, reading, and communication skills and successfully complete a pre-screen interview. A current security clearance is preferred, but not required.
AAFES – 11 Weeks
Veteran Retail Management Training Program. Through various blended learning opportunities, participants will gain a foundation in retail business operations, along with the development of soft skills and technical skills. Candidates who successfully complete the program are guaranteed placement in a permanent position on military installations throughout CONUS.
First 11 days of training will be at the AAFES HQ’s in Dallas, Texas. Next segment of training, the student will rotate through multiple AAFES facilities during the internship on Fort Hood. Training is free of charge.
For enrollment consideration in one of these Career Skills Programs please contact the Career Skills Program Manager at (254)288-0827.
Additional Career Skills Programs are under development, with expansion opportunities available. For information on Career Skills Partnerships with Fort Hood contact the Transition Service Manager at (254) 288-6735.
For corporate hiring, and connecting job openings to Soldiers is in transition please contact the Director of Marketing at (254)553-9436.
When applying for positions on USAJOBS, be sure to upload all employment information, including transcripts, certificates, licenses, Military Spouse Preference Program application, etc. It is recommended that you build your resume in the USAJOBS resume builder. For assistance with your federal resume, contact the Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program at 254-287-6067.
The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides eligible military spouses with financial assistance for licenses, certifications or associate degrees to pursue an occupation or career field. For information on MyCAA please visit https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil.
Workforce Solutions for Central Texas (WSCT) is the state government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to job seekers of Texas. For job seekers, WSCT offers career development information, job search resources, training programs, and, as appropriate, unemployment benefits. While targeted populations receive intensive assistance to overcome barriers to employment all Texans can benefit from the services offered by WSCT and our network of workforce partners. For information visit the WSCT website.
All civilian positions available at Fort Hood are posted on USAJOBS. For employment opportunities and more information on Fort Hood, visit ACS Employment Readiness Program in Bldg. 36000(Shoemaker Center) or www.usajobs.gov. This will give you information on employment with Federal Civilian Service and NAF. The unemployment rate in Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metro Area is 3.2%. The median household income is $45,764.