USAA to Sponsor Military Transition Seminar Delivered by Afterburner

Veteran Outreach

Military transition seminar aids transitioning military members and spouses.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is slated as the next stop for the USAA-sponsored Military Transition Seminar (MTS), a career-planning seminar for exiting service members and their spouses.

The seminar, scheduled for Sept. 20, 2016, form 0800-1700, will be held at the McChord Field Club.

Open to all ranks and branches, the MTS is developed and delivered by veteran-owned-and-operated management training and consulting firm Afterburner, Inc. The partnership demonstrates both organizations’ commitment to empowering veterans with the tools and resources that enable a successful transition.

The full-day seminar is part of a larger initiative to encourage military members to think more strategically about their transition to civilian life well in advance of their separation or retirement dates. The course curriculum trains veterans to identify key areas of consideration and to use those areas as guidance throughout the planning process. Participants develop career-planning strategies, learn job search skills, networking, interview preparation and how to incorporate all facets of their support network. Most importantly, veterans are shown the importance of developing a lifetime civilian career as opposed to securing an initial job. The planning process used in the Military Transition Seminar is the same process Afterburner deploys at Global 2000 corporations, providing each participant with an individual career plan, complete with a personal value proposition, career objectives customized to his or her previous experience, and insight into industries where military core competencies are in high demand.

As part of the seminar, each participant also receives a copy of “Down Range,” the veteran career transition guide co-authored by Afterburner founder and CEO Jim “Murph” Murphy and retired Navy Cmdr. Will Duke, Afterburner’s Director of Learning and Development. Written from the firm’s 20-year history working with Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients, “Down Range” empowers exiting military members to communicate the value of their service experience and individual areas of expertise, and to use those skill sets and experience as catalysts to success throughout their civilian careers.

In founding Afterburner, Murphy developed a team of veterans whose military training, experiences and skills are in high demand among global corporations.

“Each week, we train industry-leading corporations to operate with the precision of elite military teams,” said Murphy. “These best-in-class organizations recognize and seek the skill sets that military service members possess, yet our veterans struggle to find ‘employment with purpose’ matching the sense of mission and esprit de corps they experienced while serving.”

“This is not a disparity in talent or experience, but a lack of alignment and communication,” said Mike Kelly, retired Air Force officer and assistant vice president of military advocacy at USAA. “USAA’s sponsorship allows us to leverage our individual transition experiences and 20 years of corporate consulting to train service members how to clearly and strategically establish a path to a civilian career.”

Learn more about the Military Transition Seminar, review upcoming dates and locations as well as register online at For additional information, visit us on Facebook and Twitter @AfterburnerInc. Contact JP Snodgrass or David Guenthner via email at operations(at)afterburner(dot)com and dguenthner(at)afterburner(dot)com respectively or by phone at (404) 835-3500 for additional details.