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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
ATTN: Career Assistance Program Manager
Bldg. 220, Douglas Boulevard
Okinawa City Japan 96368-5134
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.
The Employment Assistance Program at Kadena's Airman and Family Readiness Center offers workshops as well as individual assistance on the local job Search.
Workshops topics include interest assessment, résumé writing, interview preparation and federal job search. Additionally, our Discovery Resource Center contains employment assistance reference materials, computers, printers and a job vacancy board. Job seekers, particularly dependents, are encouraged to register to attend a workshop shortly after arrival by calling DSN 315-634-3366.
Employment opportunities throughout all military bases on Okinawa are cyclical. Most jobs become available between May and October during the peak rotation period, however, there are openings available throughout the year. The vast majority of positions are with Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) organizations and are recruited as part-time, intermittent or full-time. NAF job openings can be found online at the Kadena Human Resource Office website. Federal and civil service positions are also available on Kadena. Please refer to the USAJobs website for postings.
Gather all information, such as your résumé, SF 50, and school transcripts, necessary to have an application for employment ready to submit immediately upon your arrival. It is recommended that applications and the media storage on which they are saved be hand carried and not packed in household goods. The media storage ensures that if changes (new address, new phone number, etc.) need to be made they will only take a few minutes.
For current federal employees, it is recommended that you check with your personnel office about Leave Without Pay (LWOP) status. Be sure to hand carry your latest SF50 (Personnel Action), transcripts, and performance evaluation with you.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center also offers transition assistance to those who are retiring, separating or considering separation from the military. Services include:
Group Pre-Separation (DD Form 2648) counseling -- Mandatory for all members separating or retiring with more than 180 days of continuous active duty service. Counseling consists of providing information, assessment, and referral. Service members will be registered for TAP GPS upon completion of pre-separation counseling. Call 634-3366 to register.
Transition GPS -- Mandatory 5-day seminar covers career exploration, job search skills, stress management, resume writing, interview skills, appropriate business attire, educational resources and more to help prepare for life after the military.
VA Benefits Briefing -- A Veterans Affairs representative is available for individual appointments at the A&FRC. You do not have to be separating or retiring to schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with a VA rep. A 6-hr VA Benefits brief will also be given on day 5 of TAP GPS.
Capstone (DD Form 2958) -- A DoD mandated appointment with an A&FRC transition counselor to verify whether service members have/have not met their Career Readiness Standards (CRS) as outlined in the Service Member Career Readiness Standards/Individual Transition Plan Checklist, DD Form 2958. Completion of Pre-separation counseling, TAP GPS, and VA Benefits brief are mandatory prior to complete Capstone. Please call 634-3366 and ask to speak with a transition counselor for additional information.
Resume and Application Review -- Transitioning military members and their spouses may contact the A&FRC to schedule an appointment to have their resumes reviewed by a trained consultant.
For more information, please call A&FRC at DSN 315-634-3366.
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program -- http://www.afas.org/education-grant-program
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
The Employment Assistance Program at Kadena offers individual assistance on the Local Job Search. Job seekers are encouraged to schedule an appointment shortly after arrival by calling DSN 315-634-3366.
Employment opportunities throughout all military bases on Okinawa are cyclical. Most jobs become available between May and October during the peak rotation period, however, there are openings available throughout the year. The vast majority of positions are with Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) organizations and are recruited as part-time, intermittent or full-time.
Air Force Reserve Opportunities
If your family member is a reservist and is interested in reassignment to PACAF or work short-term active duty man-day tours, contact the HQ PACAF Reserve Affairs Office at DSN: 315-449-0584. A letter from PACAF/RE is included in the base welcome package.
All the military services are represented in Okinawa, however, not all have employment offices. For example The Air Force Civilian Personnel Flight services the Air Force GS and WG positions, while the Marine Corps Base Camp Butler Civilian Human Resources Office recruits for all Navy and Marine Corps civil service positions. All services recruit for their own Non-Appropriated Fund positions. The 8 personnel offices on-island are within 20 minutes of each other and are situated in the middle of the island with Kadena as the central location. The Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) recruits full-time teachers through their Arlington, Virginia office. Several of the personnel offices are currently on-line with employment information. If you have access to the Internet you can access these Internet boards prior to your arrival.