Update to Post 9/11 GI Bill

  1. The following announces the significant changes to Post 9-11 GI Bill transfer of education benefits (TEB) eligibility implemented in Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 1341.13.
  2. The Department of Defense (DoD) has updated reference DOD Instruction 1341.13 to reinforce Post 9-11 GI Bill transfer of education (TEB) benefits as a retention incentive that requires members to be eligible for and agree to serve 4 additional years of service on active duty or in the selected reserve beyond the date they elect to transfer their benefits. Members must complete the full 4-year service obligation to retain TEB unless involuntarily separated. Failure to complete this obligation will result in the amount of any transferred entitlement that is used as of the date of such failure being treated as an overpayment of educational assistance and shall be subject to collection by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Changes listed in this instruction do not impact servicemembers whose TEB applications submitted in the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) milConnect web portal via (https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil) and have been approved.
  4. TEB Eligibility
    • Effective immediately, all members requesting to transfer unused education benefits to eligible dependents must meet eligibility requirements to serve 4 additional years on active duty or in the selected reserve from the date of election in DMDC milConnect.
    • Former exceptions that permitted individuals with at least 10 years of service to obligate less than 4 years of service if precluded by statute or standard policy (DoD or Service) in return for TEB are cancelled.
    • Effective 12 July 2019, TEB will only be available for members with at least 6 years of service up to a maximum of 16 years of service who are eligible for and agree to 4 additional years of service beyond the date they elect to transfer their benefits.


Before the Job Fair

Looking for a job can be stressfull. Here are the steps one should take before a job fair.

  1. Register for the Job/Career Fair. Register online so that you won’t have to fill out paperwork when you arrive at the fair. Recruiters will also be curious about who is attending the job fair since many check the registration files and read resumes.
  2. Research the Employers. Most online job fair registrations provide a list of employers who will be at the job fair. Decide which employers interest you, visit their websites, find out who they are, what they do, and why you might want to work there. With this knowledge you’ll be able to talk intelligently with recruiters at the job fair and impress them.
  3. Update and Polish your Resume. Create a seperate resume for each job you want. Bring several copies of each resume to the job fair.  For example, if you want a chef’s job, create a chef’s resume. If you would also accept a cook’s job, create a cook’s resume too.
  4. Create a “Career Portfolio.” In addition to your resume, be sure to have the following items:
    • Samples of your best work: reports, research, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
    • A summary of your accomplishments
    • A list of awards, honors, or testimonials
    • A list of related classes, training, and workshops you’ve attended
    • Photocopies of licences, certifications, or other professional credentials
  5. Dress for Success. First impressions are important. Dress conservatively, just like you would wear if you would already have the job.
    • Managers should wear business suits, Office and retail workers should wear dress clothes, Trades personnel should wear work clothes
  6. Practice your Handshake. Engage the full hand, palm to palm and grip firmly. Look the other person in the eye and smile.
  7. Prepare and Practice your “Sales Pitch.” A sales pitch is a short speech that sells you to the recruiter. Keep your sales pitch to about 15 seconds in length. Here’s a 4-step plan:
    • Give your name
    • Mention your profession, occupation, or the job you’re looking for.
    • State your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Explain how they benefitted a previous employer and how they’ll benefit the employer at the fair.
    • Offer your “Unique Selling Point” (UPS): what sets you apart from the competiton, what makes you special?
  8. Questions to Expect from Recruiters with Simple Answers. Here are just a few questions the recruiter may ask you.
    • “Can you tell me a little about yourself?” Anwesr by reciting your sales pitch.
    • “Tell me about your skills.” Answer with the top 4 or 5 key skills and provide a short example of how you used each skill.
    • “Why did you decide to become a (puzzle maker)?” Tell a short story for choosing your line of work which includes detail and use body language to bring your story to life.
    • “What motivates you to do a good job?” Answer “Having responsibilities and getting a pat on the back when the job is done right.
  9. Questions to Ask the Recruiter. You don’t need to ask every question but here are a few questions to ask.
    • “What qualificaions will make a candidate stand out?”
    • “Can you please describe a typical day someone working as a (writer) at your company?”
    • What are the biggest challenges of this position?”
  10. Questions NOT to Ask at the Job Fair.
    • “What’s the pay range for this position? Save this question for follow-up interviews.
    • “What about benefits and vacation time?” These items are usually explained when the hiring manager offers you the job.
    • “Can your tell me about your company?” This question shows that you haven’t done your homework.




4 Ways to Teach Your Student Smart Spending Habits

Going to college can be one of life’s most exciting events and is the best time to learn about managing their own finances.

  1. Teach budgeting: Since college freshman will likely have fixed income and predictable expenses. You can teach the basics of budgeting by showing your student how to create a simple spreadsheet of income and expected expenses.
  2. Go Mobile: Nowadays most students are spending a lot of time on their smartphones. There are lots of great apps available for money management, especially from financial institutions. Many have budgeting tools and alerts that make tracking spending a breeze.
  3. Teach the importance of wise credit card use: Students should understand the benefits of good credit and the importance of limiting credit card debt, especially if they’re planning to rent an apartment or finance a car after graduation. Getting them started with a prepaid debit card before they leave for college is a great way to help them practice good judgment with limited consequences (as it won’t affect their future credit). Parents can add funds to the card any time and monitor spending to see what types of financial decisions their student is making.
  4. Open a student-friendly checking account: Many financial institutions offer checking accounts custom-made for college students. Look for an account, that has no minimum balance and no monthly service fee. By giving your student an increasing amount of financial responsibility as they grow, you’ll be helping them develop good financial habits.

Job Search Anxiety?

Job seeking can be an emotionally complex task. It is important to remember that the reality of the project versus the perceived reality that can crop up during moments of uncertainty.

As you go through the process, what you say to yourself matters tremendously. Make it your aim, not just to find your next great fit, but to use the opportunity to become more comfortable taking professional chances. This is your opportunity to hone that key skill.

  1. Take Your Heart  Off Your Sleeve
  2. Activate Your Network
  3. Control What You Can
  4. Trust Yourself

Check out this article for more information.