Online program helps ease Army exit process
Stars and Stripes March 4, 2008
SEOUL — Soldiers looking to leave the Army will find a more streamlined process with the addition last week of an online program that allows them to schedule mandatory meetings, according to the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan officials.
The ACAP Express allows soldiers to plan the pre-separation Veterans Affairs and employment briefings, said Drew Brandt, the Army Career Alumni Program transition services manager for most of South Korea.
Under the old system, Brandt said, soldiers had to go to their local ACAP office in person to sign up for their briefings.
The new system will help attendance, because soldiers will be better able to clear appointment schedules with their commanders.
“It makes it easier because [soldiers] will schedule their own appointments,” Brandt said. “They will do this in conjunction with their commanders, and we won’t have conflict with military duties.”
ACAP Express also allows soldiers to have online access to ACAP tools, including programs to assist in writing resumes and accompanying cover letters. Brandt said that ACAP counselors can then spend more time helping the soldiers fine-tune their resumes.
Soldiers can access the program at www.acap.army.mil and log on using their Army Knowledge Online user name and password.
Brand said ACAP assistance also is available to the spouses and college-age children of exiting soldiers, though less than one percent of family members worldwide take advantage of the program.