Onward to

Setting veterans up for success. Leveraging military skills and experience for civilian careers.

Having a job lined up before you leave the military is one of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition back into civilian life. We worked with the Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF) and the Department of Defense to create “Onward to Opportunity,” a free, on-base training and hiring program.

The program is open to active service members, veterans and military spouses.

I didn’t have it in me to go to career fairs. Onward to Opportunity taught me how to get out there and just talk and network.

Gina Chang Evans
Staff Sergeant, Army

Read Gina’s Story


  1. On-base and accessible before exiting the military. Active duty service members who will be leaving the military within six months can participate in the program. Veterans and spouses can access the program anytime.
  2. Direct to Employment. Service members may choose to leverage their military skills and experience and go straight to job-matching.
  3. Skills Assessment and Career Counseling. Staff work with program participants to assess their military skills and experience and suggest civilian career paths.
  4. Training and Certification. Program participants can pursue free training and certification that will help them secure civilian jobs.
  5. Employer Connection. Onward to Opportunity works closely with military-friendly employers to connect them to program graduates and to ensure the program is aligned with the needs of the job market.

Get Trained

Listed here are a few ways to learn about and access the Onward to Opportunity program.

Get Involved

Listed here are a few ways for employers, partners or those who want to support Onward to Opportunity to get involved.