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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.
For all service members transitioning from military life to civilian life; i.e., retiring or separating, the Military & Family Readiness Center offers a number of programs. At least 90 days prior to retirement or separation every service member must attend a mandatory pre-separation counseling session. This is an interview with a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) 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:
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.
A special session is used to cover disability benefits and how to apply for them.
VMET/DD FORM 2586
The Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) document is an overview of a service member's career. It translates what a service members job title was in the military into it civilian equivalent. With the use of a DFAS 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, V.A. benefits and disability ratings, financial issues and cost of living expenses by geographical area, debt management, SBP, legal issues for military retirees, and employment issues. This is an "outstanding class in preparing for retirement".
Lackland Virtual Career Library is now online in addition to 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, conducted twice every year (Mar and Sep) at the Live Oak Civic Center on Pat Booker Blvd, 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 family center for information about available scholarship and grant programs.
There are a number of 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 (FAFSA).
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 1-800-939-6631. You can also file online.
Fort Sam Houston: Recent job growth is positive. San Antonio jobs have increased by 0.40 %. Unemployment rate 5.6%. Median household income $42,945. For information about employment log to Army, ALL or call Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at: 210-221-1425 or the Civilian Personnel Air Force at: 210-808-7577.
Lackland AFB: 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. 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 1-800-939-6631. You can also file online.
Randolph AFB: 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 military concentrations in the United States. The defense industry in San Antonio employs over 89,000. Employment can be accessed by going to Alamo Workforce Career Centers. There are a number of them in the San Antonio Region. For information about employment opportunities on base, visit the Randolph Human Resources Office. Or stop by their office located in Bldg 598, or contact them at 210-652-5273.
MyCAA, a Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, 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.
Family members can contact the Military & Family Readiness Center to discuss what scholarships, grants, and loans are in the local area. The main one for all Air Force spouses to know about is the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant. For information, see the AFAS website.
The main scholarship for Air Force family members is the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) 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.
Fort Sam Houston
To get information about the Spouse Education Assistance Program, spouses may apply for a scholarship online at the Army Emergency Relief (AER) website. For more information go to the AER office. Also, some local colleges offer financial aid.
The Discover Center has reference books, periodicals, research publications, job listings, employment booklets and computers available for job search or educational assistance.
Eyes on Jobs
Job announcements will be electronically sent to all job seekers registered in Eyes on Jobs. Registration forms are available in the resource room.
Additional programs offered to make transitioning to civilian life are as follows:
"4 to Go" Seminar
This workshop is for members thinking about retiring. Topics covered are retirement issues; TRICARE, V.A. benefits and disability ratings, financial issues and cost of living expenses by geographical area, debt management, SBP, legal issues for military retirees, and employment issues. This is an "outstanding class in preparing for retirement".
This room has reference books, periodicals, research publications, job listings, employment booklets and computers available for job search or educational assistance.
bi-monthly briefings are conducted for soldiers that are being separated, discharged and retiring. Each briefing is designed to ensure that soldiers leaving the US ARMY are aware of their benefits and entitlements. Soldiers are processed on an individual basis, giving them the opportunity to have all questions answered. For information contact the Retired Transition Service at 210-221-0981.
The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) provide transition assistance to military exiting the service. The ACAP also host the bi-annual Hiring for Heroes career fairs.