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United States Air Force
1451 4th St SE
Consolidated Support Building 20245
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
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.
There is a diverse work force in the Kirtland AFB and Albuquerque Community. The minimum wage for 2019 in the city limits of Albuquerque is $9.20 per hour without health care and/or childcare benefits, $8.20 per hour with health care and/or childcare benefits, and $5.50 per hour for tipped employees.
It is important to hand carry all employment records and documents, including resumes, SF 50, transcripts, certificates, licenses, and letters of reference rather than including them in your household goods shipment. Having these documents will greatly speed up your job search.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides separating/retiring Service members and their family members with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make informed career decisions, be competitive in a global work force, and become positive contributors to their community as they transition from military service and reintegrate into civilian life. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend all TAP events.
The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act expanded and updated TAP and made participation in TAP mandatory for all Service members on Title 10 orders for 180 days or more for other than training purposes. The updated TAP curriculum, known as Transition Goals, Plans, Success (GPS) is provided by all military departments and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Service members may participate in TAP NOT EARLIER THAN 12 months before separation, or 24 months before retirement. All parts of TAP should be completed NOT LATER THAN 90 days before separation/retirement. Duty time is authorized for Transition GPS workshops and briefings.
Career Readiness Standards (CRS) are the foundation of Transition GPS and are the Department of Defense’s tangible measurements of a Service member’s preparedness for a civilian career. CRS encompass common and specific standards, with associated products, that must be accomplished to demonstrate a service member is ready to pursue post-separation goals. CRS evaluate the level of preparedness a service member has achieved within the context of his or her post-separation career goals.
Step 1 of TAP is Preseparation Counseling and is available at Kirtland AFB by attending a group briefing or individually by appointment. The purpose is to ensure all transitioning service members are informed of the services and benefits available to assist them and their spouses with the transition to civilian life. Preseparation Counseling is documented on the eForm (DD Form 2648) via the DoD TAP web application. Service member can access the eForm via the milConnect website at https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/.
Step 2 of TAP is attending the Transition GPS workshops, classes, etc.
The five day Transition GPS Workshop uses standardized Transition GPS curriculum to help service members meet the Career Readiness Standards (CRS)
Attendance is documented on the eForm (DD Form 2648). Transition GPS Workshop participants should wear casual civilian business attire (no shorts, tank-tops, or flip-flops) and bring their laptop, tablet or iPad to use for workshop activities. Wi-Fi and printer are available. Coordinate attendance with your unit leadership. Do NOT schedule appointments or meetings during workshop.
Additional two-day Transition GPS Tracks
Service members may participate in one or more of the following two-day individual tracks at any time. Attendance is documented on the eForm (DD Form 2648) via the DoD TAP web application at https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/.
Step 3 of TAP is the Capstone Event which should be completed not less than 90 days prior to separation/retirement. All transitioning service members must provide documentation/verification of Career Readiness Standards (CRS) compliance to A&FRF staff at the Capstone Event. Documentation must be within 12 months of date of separation. CRS compliance is documented on the eForm (DD Form 2648) and it is electronically signed by the Service member, the TAP Counselor and the Service member’s commander or authorized designee.
TAP Virtual Curriculum
Service members with more than 60 days of remaining military service should complete Transition GPS curriculum via classroom based training. Service members at remote/isolated (GSUs) or with less than 60 days of remaining service when notified of separation, have the option to complete requirements virtually or via the classroom if time/schedule allows.
The Transition GPS curriculum is available via the Joint Knowledge Online learning management system, https://jkodirect.jten.mil. All of the standardized Transition GPS modules (as outlined above) to include the additional tracks are available. This resource provides service members who are unable to attend “brick and mortar” TAP training. Members and their families can participate in virtual curriculum at any time during their military career.
No one is automatically exempt from participating in TAP – the VOW Act identifies all eligible separating service members as being subject to mandatory TAP. However, per DoD and AF policy, some categories of personnel can be exempt from the DoD/AF day and the DOLEW. Service members qualifying for an exemption are encouraged to participate/attend all parts of the Transition GPS Workshop.
Following are the ONLY exemptions from mandatory participation in the DoD/AF day and Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) parts of the Transition GPS Workshop:
NOTE: Regardless of exemption for the Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) and DoD/AF day, all service members must complete
My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
REIMBURSEMENT FOR RE-LICENSURE / RECERTIFICATION COSTS FOR SPOUSES OF MILITARY MEMBERS
As of 13 May 2019, spouses whose positions require certifications will be eligible to be reimbursed up to $500 for re-licensure during CONUS to CONUS PCS/PCA moves. Contact the A&FRF for details.
Air Force Aid Society
AFAS education support and air force reserve tuition assistance is available to dependent sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 Guard performing full-time active duty, retired, retired Reserve and deceased Air Force members, as well as spouses of active duty and Title 10 Reservists, and widows/widowers.
The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program is the centerpiece of the AFAS education support initiatives, awarding competitive education grants to eligible Air Force dependents based on family financial need. This award is so integral to AFAS education programs, in fact, that the application process for the Arnold Education Grant serves as the platform to access other important AFAS education support opportunities.
AFAS MERIT SCHOLARSHIP: Each year AFAS awards a number of merit based scholarships as a complement to the needs-based support allocated through the hallmark Arnold Education Grant program. Scholars who are being considered for the Arnold Education Grant may also be evaluated on academic merit and considered separately for an AFAS Merit Scholarship.
AFAS SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAM: This no-interest loan program – also offered as a complement to the main Arnold Education Grant – is designed to help Air Force families with those incidental college expenses. Scholars who are being considered for the Arnold Education Grant may have the opportunity to secure a Supplemental Education Loan.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
Post-9/11 GI Bill®
If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level. Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Whether you want to apply your GI Bill benefits to college classes or an on-the-job training program, the GI Bill Comparison Tool will help you make the most of them.
If you have eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and any other GI Bill program you must make an irrevocable election of the Post-9/11 GI Bill before you can receive any benefits. For more information see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
The Post-9/11 GI Bill has a few specific components that are unavailable in other GI Bill programs:
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) for dependents of Service members who died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001 https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Fry_scholarship.asp
Types of Training and Assistance
The following is approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill:
Benefits and Eligibility
For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits.
If your release from active duty was before January 1, 2013, there is a 15-year time limitation for use of benefits. For individuals whose last discharge date is on or after January 1, 2013, the time limitation has been removed.
Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. The following payments may also be available:
Some Service members may be eligible to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to their dependents.
Other Factors to Consider
Full tuition and fees are paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.
For those attending private or foreign schools, tuition and fees are capped at the national maximum rate. Learn more here.
If you're attending a private or a public institution of higher learning (either private or public) as a nonresident, out-of-state student you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and entitled to additional education-related costs not covered by VA. Not everyone is eligible for this assistance.
The law requires the monthly housing allowance (MHA) to be calculated based on the zip code of the campus where the student physically attends the majority of classes, rather than the location of the institution of higher learning where the student is enrolled. This applies to the first enrollment in an educational program on or after August 1, 2018.
Please contact the VA Benefits Advisor in the A&FRF at (505) 853-1707 or Kirtland Education Center at (505) 846-8955/9933 for additional information.
Military spouses are covered by special legislation in 46 states, including New Mexico. However, you may not qualify for trailing military spouses benefits if you do not meet other rules.
To protect yourself and ensure your future benefits, you should try to give your current employer at least 30 days' notice before leaving your job. If you are forced to move on shorter notice, document this as well as you can to support your unemployment claim in your new state. If you are a military spouse, make sure you have a copy of your spouse's transfer paperwork to take to the unemployment office with you. File for unemployment benefits in your new state as soon as possible to ensure you miss no deadlines.
For more information contact the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions https://www.dws.state.nm.us/
Unemployment rate for the State of New Mexico was 5.1% and for Albuquerque 5.8% in March 2019. Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information contact the New Mexico Employment Security Division. Median household income in Albuquerque is $50,906 and $46,744 for New Mexico in 2017.