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Frequently Asked Questions answers typical Active Component questions and addresses many of the concerns associated with leaving the Service.

  1. Is ACAP mandatory?
  2. I want to use ACAP, but my unit won't let me off. What can I do?
  3. What types of services does ACAP provide to clients?
  4. When should I start the ACAP process and for how long can I receive assistance?
  5. I recently separated from the Army and have relocated in an area where there are no ACAP Centers. Where can I get additional transition and job assistance?
  6. I would like to receive a transcript of my Army education and training. Where can I obtain this information?
  7. I am interested in obtaining information about scholarships and grants as well as the Army College Fund. What is a good resource for this type of information?
  8. I am interested in teaching after I leave the service. Where can I obtain information about the Troops to Teachers program?
  9. I am interested in teaching after I leave the service. Where can I obtain information about teacher certification requirements, etc., for a particular state?
  10. I am a Military Policeman and am interested in pursuing employment in the Law Enforcement field when I retire. What is a good source of information for this type of employment?
  11. I am interested in employment with the U.S. Marshals Service. Where can I find information about employment opportunities with the U.S. Marshals Service?
  12. I am interested in obtaining information about policies concerning veterans employment with the federal government. Where can I obtain information?
  13. Where can I access job vacancy announcements for federal positions?
  14. I am interested in applying for a federal job; however, I have been unable to find a copy of the Optional Form 612. Is the form available online?
  15. I am interested in pursuing employment with the federal government in Germany. What is the best resource to obtain information about job opportunities in Germany?
  16. Where can I obtain a copy of the Application for Employment Standard Form (SF171)?
  17. How can I obtain my Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) DD Form 2586 document?
  18. I have applied for a position in juvenile justice/custody that requires evidence that I have had a prior position with professional administrative duties. Can you tell where I can find documentation that describes the administrative duties of a First Sergeant?
  19. My DD Form 214 contains an error, how can I have it corrected?
  20. How can I obtain a copy of my W-2 form?
  21. I retired in April 1993. My dependents need new ID cards; however, there are no military installations in my area. Where can I obtain new ID cards for my dependents?
  22. I am looking for the job description for a 31U MOS. Where can I find this information? Is it available online?
  23. Is it possible for me to get an early release to attend college?
  24. What online resources are available to veterans to use in conducting job searches, completing resumes, etc.?
1.  Is ACAP mandatory?Top
One of the services provided by ACAP is the preseparation briefing. You are required to participate in a preseparation briefing and complete a Preseparation Counseling Checklist, DD Form 2648, no less than 90 days before you leave federal service. You will not be able to clear the installation until you participate in such a briefing and complete the Checklist. ACAP also provides a wide range of valuable transition and job assistance activities and resources that can make a real difference in the rest of your life. If you want to be sure that your future is as rewarding as it can be, get to your ACAP Center and take advantage of what they have to offer.
2.  I want to use ACAP, but my unit won't let me off. What can I do?Top
ACAP policy allows you up to one year, if you're not retiring, or two years, if you are retiring, before leaving active duty to use ACAP services. Congress directed this to ensure that you would have enough time to take full advantage of all that ACAP offers. Your unit must allow you to attend a preseparation briefing and should allow you to use other ACAP services. Keep in mind that your unit's mission is the first priority. However, starting early will allow you to schedule activities and use ACAP services around mission demands. Talk with your chain of command to see how you can fit ACAP into your duty time. Call your ACAP Center to find out how you can creatively schedule your activities.
3.  What types of services does ACAP provide to clients?Top
ACAP prepares transitioning clients for success by providing the following services:
  • Preseparation briefings, counseling and referrals that can help you learn about programs designed to help you transition and readjust.
  • Job Assistance workshops, counseling and resources that can help you find and win the best jobs.
4.  When should I start the ACAP process and for how long can I receive assistance?Top
Retiring Soldiers can start using ACAP services up to two years before their retirement and non-retiring Soldiers can start one year before their separation date. Starting early will ensure that duty demands don't prevent you from getting the services you want and need. Keep in mind that non-retiring veterans and non-Army retirees can use ACAP for up to 180 days after separation. Army retirees can use ACAP on a space available basis beyond the 180 days following retirement for the rest of their lives.
5.  I recently separated from the Army and have relocated in an area where there are no ACAP Centers. Where can I get additional transition and job assistance?Top
Since there are no ACAP Centers in your area, you can use ACAP Express to continue receiving job assistance from your ACAP Center. You also have the option of using the services provided by one of the other military services. To locate a Transition Assistance Office in your area, go to TurboTAP.com. As a veteran, you should also plan to visit a Department of Labor (DOL) One-Stop Career Center in your local area.
6.  I would like to receive a transcript of my Army education and training. Where can I obtain this information?Top
The Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) Operations Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky, prepares transcripts for eligible service members with a Basic Active Service Date (BASD) of 1 October 1981 or later. You can obtain additional information and print a copy of the AARTS Transcript Form, from the AARTS website at http://aarts.army.mil/. Fill out the form then sign, scan, attach and email it to HRC.TAGD.AARTS@conus.army.mil. You will need to include your full name, the last four of your Social Security number, your basic active duty date (BASD) and you date of birth (DOB).
7.  I am interested in obtaining information about scholarships and grants as well as the Army College Fund. What is a good resource for this type of information?Top
The Education Services Office at your installation can provide you the information that you need or you can access the Army Continuing Education System (ACES) website at https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/education/index.html.
8.  I am interested in teaching after I leave the service. Where can I obtain information about the Troops to Teachers program?Top
You can obtain information about this program at http://www.proudtoserveagain.com.
9.  I am interested in teaching after I leave the service. Where can I obtain information about teacher certification requirements, etc., for a particular state?Top
Each state has its own requirements for teacher certification. You will need to contact the Department of Education for the individual state to determine requirements. The majority of states have their own Internet websites that you can access this information on. For a list of state sites, click on Links at the left of your screen and select State and Local Websites. The U.S. Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov) provides links to the Agencies or Departments of Education for each state.
10.  I am a Military Policeman and am interested in pursuing employment in the Law Enforcement field when I retire. What is a good source of information for this type of employment?Top
ACAP On-Line provides links to a number of job search resources on the Links page. One website that would be of particular interest to you is The Police Officer's Internet Directory at http://www.officer.com/.
11.  I am interested in employment with the U.S. Marshals Service. Where can I find information about employment opportunities with the U.S. Marshals Service?Top
The U.S. Marshals Service is under the U.S. Department of Justice. To access information about the Marshals Service go to http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/.
12.  I am interested in obtaining information about policies concerning veterans employment with the federal government. Where can I obtain information?Top
The Officer of Personnel Management (OPM) website at http://www.opm.gov provides extensive information about federal employment. When visiting this site, veterans should take the opportunity to download a copy of the Veteran's Guide, which provides detailed information for veterans. The guide can be viewed as a Web document at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp. In addition, the OPM government-wide veteran's employment website, FedsHireVets at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/, provides consistent and accurate information about federal employment for veterans, transitioning service members and their Family members.
13.  Where can I access job vacancy announcements for federal positions?Top
ACAP On-Line provides links to a number of job search resources on the Links page. One website that would be of particular interest to you is USA Jobs, a current listing of federal job vacancies. The address is http://www.usajobs.opm.gov.
14.  I am interested in applying for a federal job; however, I have been unable to find a copy of the Optional Form 612. Is the form available online?Top
You can download a copy of the OF612 from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at http://www.opm.gov.
15.  I am interested in pursuing employment with the federal government in Germany. What is the best resource to obtain information about job opportunities in Germany?Top
The best resource for this type of information is the Civilian Human Resources Agency Europe Region (CHRA-EUR) , U.S. Army Europe. The CHRA-EUR does have a website at https://cpolrhp.cpol.army.mil/eur/.
16.  Where can I obtain a copy of the Application for Employment Standard Form (SF171)?Top
The SF171 became obsolete on December 31, 1994. As a result, federal agencies can no longer require the SF171 as the only acceptable application form. Because the SF171 is no longer an official form, the Office of Personnel Management does not make the form or software available. Applicants for federal employment may now apply for employment consideration using a resume, the Optional Form 612 (OF612) or any other written form of choice. Occasionally however, other specialized application forms may be required as specified in a job vacancy announcement.
17.  How can I obtain my Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) DD Form 2586 document?Top
Your VMET document, DD Form 2586, is available online at http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/vmet. The document you receive will list your military training and education and can be used to help you prepare for a job search or further education.
18.  I have applied for a position in juvenile justice/custody that requires evidence that I have had a prior position with professional administrative duties. Can you tell where I can find documentation that describes the administrative duties of a First Sergeant?Top
DA PAM 611-21 (Military Occupational Classification and Structure) will provide the information that you need. This document is accessible on the Internet at http://www.usapa.army.mil and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader software.
19.  My DD Form 214 contains an error, how can I have it corrected?Top
If you still are serving on active duty, you can request corrections to your DD Form 214 from your Transition Center (TC). If you no longer are serving on active duty, you can find instructions for requesting corrections to your DD Form 214 on the Army Military Retirees or Army Veterans paths at Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
20.  How can I obtain a copy of my W-2 form?Top
You need to contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for assistance. The web address is https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx.
21.  I retired in April 1993. My dependents need new ID cards; however, there are no military installations in my area. Where can I obtain new ID cards for my dependents?Top
You will have to contact the installation closest to you that has access to DEERS.
22.  I am looking for the job description for a 31U MOS. Where can I find this information? Is it available online?Top
The ACAP Center at your location can assist you in this regard. You can also access DA PAM 611-21 (Military Occupational Classification Standards), as well as the majority of Army Regulations, on the Internet. The address is http://www.usapa.army.mil/.
23.  Is it possible for me to get an early release to attend college?Top
Army Regulation 635-200, section 5-16 addresses the procedures for requesting early separation for purposes of education. You can view AR 635-200 at http://www.usapa.army.mil.
24.  What online resources are available to veterans to use in conducting job searches, completing resumes, etc.?Top
ACAP On-Line provides users access to the ACAP Job Listings database as well as access to a large number of public and private websites on the Links page. In addition, the website provides job search tutorials on a variety of subjects including writing effective resumes and interviewing. There is a myriad of Internet sites that would be useful to you. Two of these sites are http://dod.jobsearch.org, which permits the user to post resumes and conduct job searches, and https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/education/index.html, which provides extensive information about using your military experience and training.