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United States Air Force
Military and Family Readiness Center - Lackland AFB
2160 Kenly Avenue
Lackland AFB, TX 78236-5113
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.
San Antonio's economy is primarily powered by the government, tourism, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing. San Antonio is home to Fortune 500 Companies such as Tesoro Petroleum Corp, Valero Energy Corp, NuStar Energy, USAA and Clear Channel Communications.
San Antonio has the corporate headquarters of notable companies such as H.E.B. Food Stores, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, Southwest Research Institute, Harland Clarke, Kinetic Concepts, Inc and Taco Cabana.
The city is home to the regional/division offices of prominent companies such as AT&T, Citigroup, Wachovia, Caremark, Prescription Services, United Parcel Service, Boeing Aerospace Support Center, American Funds Group and QVC Network, Inc.
The area has a strong military presence with a collection of notable military bases. The city has one of the largest military concentrations in the country. The military bases include military and civilian employees. The defense sector employs a vast number of people and has a substantial economic impact on San Antonio.
Approximately 20 million tourists visit each year which significantly adds to the economy and provides a vast number of jobs. Conventions also contribute to the economy. The medical sector is another major employer.
Employment is provided by companies that produce products such as airplane parts, food handling equipment, steel forms, processed foods, structural steel and cement. In addition, Toyota San Antonio provides a large number of jobs. The area also includes the Southwest Research Institute which employs a few thousand scientists and researchers.
San Antonio's leading employers: United Service Automobile Assn., H.E.B. Food Stores, H.B. Zackery Co., SBC Communications; Southwestern Bell;Frost National Bank;West Telemarketing; Taco Cabana; Ultramar Diamond Shamrock and QVC Network.
Because of the sheer volume of potential employers in the area, it is not possible to estimate an average wage range for any given career field. Salaries and wages generally run lower in San Antonio in any type of work because the cost of living is lower.
Employment can be accessed by going to Alamo Workforce Career Centers. There are a number of them in the San Antonio Region. To call the closest center to Lackland, call 210-436-0670. Visit the Work in Texas website to help find available jobs in Texas.
Employment on base consists of government jobs, NAF, and jobs with AAFES and DECA. There are a number of contractors that work on base too.
Family members should contact the Civilian Personnel Office as soon as possible after arrival to determine their eligibility for spouse preference. If currently working as a GS Employee and are considering accepting a NAF position, be sure to ask how that will affect spouse preference. The DECA, AAFES, and NAF each have their own personnel offices and should be contacted accordingly.
Family members are welcome to come to the Military & Family Readiness Center to discuss employment with our employment assistance manager.
For job-hunting purposes, be sure to hand carry all employment records and documents, resumes,SF 171, SF 50, transcripts, certificates and licenses.
Contact your servicing Employment Readiness Program if you have additional questions.
For all service members transitioning from military life to civilian life (retiring or separating), the Military and Family Readiness Center offers a number of programs. At least 365 days prior to retirement or separation, every service member must attend a mandatory initial counseling and pre-separation briefing session. This is an interview with a Transition Assistance Program counselor to explain the rights and privileges earned while in uniform, to advise of additional transition assistance and services available to them, and to complete a form that will be filed in the service member's permanent file. Without this form, the separation or retirement process cannot be completed.
Programs offered to make transitioning to civilian life are as follows:
Three-Day TAP: The Department of Labor, working through the Texas Workforce Commission, presents an intense three-day course every month on every aspect of the transition process. Attendance at one of these courses is recommended as soon as the decision to re-enter the civilian work force is made.
Disabled TAP: A special session is used to cover disability benefits and how to apply for them.
Verification of military experience and training/DD form 2586: The VMET document is an overview of a service member's career. It translates what a service member’s job title was in the military into its civilian equivalent. With the use of a defense finance and accounting service myPay PIN, members can access and download their VMET document anytime and from anywhere they have access to a computer. Detailed instructions are on the website.
"4 to Go" seminar: This workshop is for members thinking about retiring. Topics covered are retirement issues, TRICARE, Veterans Administration benefits and disability ratings, financial issues and cost-of-living expenses by geographical area, debt management, survivor benefit plan, legal issues for military retirees and employment issues.
Discovery Center: The Lackland virtual career library is now online in addition to having in-house reference books, periodicals, research publications, daily job listings, employment booklets and computers available for job search or educational assistance. Registration may be required.
San Antonio military job fair: One of the largest job fairs hosted jointly by the four military installations and others, it is conducted twice every year (March and September) at the Live Oak Civic Center on Pat Booker Boulevard, with 150 employers participating.
Resume, interview, job search and how to apply for federal employment workshops: Classes on these subjects are taught quarterly. Also, check for additional information with the career focus section.
Spouses interested in tuition assistance can check with their local Military and Family Readiness Center for information about available scholarship and grant programs. Other resources available to eligible spouses are Onward to Opportunity, My Career Advancement Application, the Air Force Aid Society and Army Emergency Relief.
There are several educational opportunities available to spouses on and off base. To receive consideration for financial assistance, all schools require the completion of the free application for Federal Student Aid.
If you have questions, please contact your installation’s Employment Readiness Program at the number below:
Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. Spouses seeking unemployment benefits should be aware: Unemployment needs to be filed by the losing state for active-duty spouses. The losing state’s unemployment laws will determine eligibility. For more information, contact the Texas Workforce at 800-939-6631. You can also file online.
To better serve the military community, Joint Base San Antonio has an Employment Readiness Program at each of its major installations: Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base. Below is additional employment information and available resources subdivided by location.
Fort Sam Houston
Recent job growth is positive. San Antonio jobs have increased by 0.40%. The unemployment rate is 5.6%. The median household income is $42,945. For information about employment, log to Army, ALL, call the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at 210-221-1425 or the Civilian Personnel Air Force at210-808-7577. For employment on the San Antonio economy, the FSH Employment Program has a virtual job bank available to eligible populations. Call 210-221-2705 for additional information.
My Career Advancement Account for military spouses is another option for spouses of active-duty members who seek tuition assistance. For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
To get information about the Spouse Education Assistance Program, spouses may apply for a scholarship online at the Army Emergency Relief website. Also, some local colleges offer financial aid.
The Fort Sam Houston Transition Point conducts briefings for soldiers that are being separated, discharged and retiring. Each briefing is designed to ensure that service members leaving the joint military community are aware of their benefits and entitlements. Service members are processed on an individual basis, allowing them to have all questions answered. For information, contact the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program office at 210-221-1213.
Lackland Air Force Base
Employment information can be accessed by going to Alamo Workforce Career Centers. There are several in the San Antonio Region. To reach the closest center to Lackland, call 210-436-0670. Visit the Work in Texas website to help find available jobs in Texas. Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information, contact the Texas Workforce at 800-939-6631. You can also file online.
The primary scholarship for Air Force family members is the Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant. It provides $2,000 grants to selected applicants. See the AFAS website for applications and information.
Local spouses' clubs and other organizations offer scholarships for those pursuing a technical, associate, or undergraduate degree. An application can be downloaded from their website. Civilian employees on base can check with the Civilian Personnel Office to learn more about tuition assistance available to them.
Additional programs offered to make transitioning to civilian life are as follows:
Randolph Air Force Base
San Antonio has a diversified economy with four primary focuses: financial services, health care, national defense and tourism. The city is also home to one of the largest concentrations of military personnel in the United States. The defense industry in San Antonio employs more than 89,000 people. Employment can be accessed by going to Alamo Workforce Career Centers. There are several in the San Antonio region. For information about employment opportunities on base, visit the Randolph Human Resources Office in Building 598 or contact them at 210-652-5273.
Family members can contact the Military and Family Readiness Center to discuss what scholarships, grants and loans are available in the local area. The main one for all Air Force spouses to know about is the AFAS General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant. For information, see the AFAS website.
Additional programs offered at Randolph Air Force Base are as follows: