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TAOnline staff has meticulously organized the most current and relevant transitioning military related books to help you easily determine the reading material most suitable for your situation. Click through the Title links below to get a quick synopsis of each book of interest.

Getting a Civilian Job

  1. Veterans: DO THIS! GET HIRED! Proven Advice For Veterans That Need A Job
  2. Job Search: Marketing Your Military Experience, 5th Edition

Getting a Federal Job

  1. Roadmap to the Senior Executive Service: How to Find SES Jobs, Determine Your Qualifications, and Develop Your SES Application
  2. How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Internships, Resumes and Cover Letters, Application Essays (KSAs), Interviews, Salaries, Promotions and More!
  3. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs: Where They Are, What's Available, and How To Write A Federal Resume
  4. Ten Steps to a Federal Job, 3rd edition

Resume Writing

  1. Roadmap to Job-Winning Military to Civilian Resumes
  2. Military-to-Civilian Resumes and Letters: How to Best Communicate Your Strengths to Employers
  3. Expert Resumes for Military-To-Civilian Transitions, 2nd Ed

Military to Civilian Transition Guide

  1. LinkedIn Mastery for Veterans and Transitioning Service Members
  2. A Veteran's Guide to Transition: Active Duty to Government Service
  3. Warrior to Patriot Citizen: Transition your military service and skills to your new civilian adventure
  4. Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition
  5. Military Transition to Civilian Success: The Complete Guide for Veterans and Their Families
  6. Military-to-Civilian Transition Guide: A Career Transition Guide for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard Personnel, and Veterans
  7. Military-To-Civilian Career Transition 2nd Ed: The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members (Military-To-Civilian Career Transition Guide)
  8. Leaving Active Duty: Real-life Stories and Advice for Junior Military Officers
  9. Sell Like a Marine: Close More Sales with the Proven Principles of World-Class Leadership

Military to Civilian Translations

  1. A Civilian's Guide to the U.S. Military: A comprehensive reference to the customs, language and structure of the Armed Forces - Barbara Schading and Richard Schading
  2. The Transitioned Veteran: Success Beyond Service
  3. The Transitioning Military Project Manager

Title: A Veteran's Guide to Transition: Active Duty to Government Service

Author: Thomas Braden

Publication Date:March 16, 2021

Thomas A Braden

A Veteran's Guide to Transition: Active Duty to Government Service If you're a veteran transitioning from active duty and considering joining the civil service, there's a new book available to assist you in your journey.

This book is written by a veteran for other veterans. This book specifically addresses the timeline, requirements and challenges one must overcome in order to gain a position in the federal civil service, or "GS" Government Service.

This book will help you to establish your own timeline and drumbeat for navigating the process. This timeline should begin prior to your separation and continue throughout your 180-day active duty waiting period (for positions within DoD) until you're hired and on-boarded. This book is dedicated to walking you through this process, step-by-step and chapter-by-chapter.

Along the way, this book provides insights and information which will allow veterans to maximize their potential opportunities for employment tells you exactly how (and when) to request additional benefits (such as leave and pay) that may be available, some available only to veterans, and all of them, only if you know to ask for them.

Upon joining the GS ranks, you will want to set yourself to maximize your returns under the new benefit plans offered; specifically, the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). This book will insure that you have the right information when on-boarding so that you can make informed decisions and hopefully establish your initial payroll deductions to maximize the US Government's 5% TSP matching available to you. And that's 5% of your base salary!

Throughout this book, the reader is provided with links to source documents and current information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), USAJobs.com, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) or other bodies. These are the original sources of information should current policy/procedures change.

Finally, this book provides an Action Checklist for the reader to follow and not miss a critical step, or inadvertently leave anything on the table. If you follow this guide, you'll make the most of your opportunities and maximize your benefits in your new career!

About the author:

Thomas Braden is a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

His shore tours included Washington, D.C. and Naples, Italy. Selected to the inaugural cohort of the "Navy D.C. Intern" Program, he completed his Master's degree in Organizational Management, from The George Washington University in 2001.

He is passionate about the opportunities that the U.S. Navy has afforded him, on active duty and now as a GS employee!

He looks forward to sharing these lessons learned with other veterans. You can find him and the conversation on Linked In, #ADtoGS.

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