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The USO’s transition program helps service members and military spouses plan for what's next and connects them with the services, opportunities and resources that are the best fit for their successful transition.Connect with a USO Transition Specialist
USO COVID-19 Response: In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our USO Pathfinder® locations are strictly adhering to guidance from military installation commands and abiding by CDC guidance on health safety practices regarding center operations.
We remain steadfast in our mission to support transitioning service members and military spouses. There have been minimal disruptions to one-on-one Pathfinder services, as we have shifted Scout meetings to virtual delivery. Program registration remains open with no disruptions to that process.
An estimated 200,000-plus service members transition out of the military each year, and more than 650,000 military spouses are constantly transitioning. The USO Pathfinder® program extends the USO experience to active duty, Reserve, National Guard and military spouses as they transition from the military and settle into their new communities. The free program also supports military spouses at any point in their military journey as they transition from one installation to the next.
The USO Pathfinder program’s one-of-a-kind approach includes:
Personalized service – The USO Pathfinder mission is delivered by Scouts, USO staff who have a deep knowledge of and connection to the vast ecosystem of services and opportunities available to transitioning service members and military spouses. Scouts work one-on-one with individuals to create an Action Plan - a customized road map that helps individuals stay on track and get connected with the best resources for them throughout their transition.
Continuity of Care – Scouts support service and family members 12 months before their transition and ensure continuity of care by extending support up to 12 months beyond the service member’s date of separation. Scouts also support military spouses throughout the many transitions they face during their family’s time in service. Scouts connect individuals to resources and opportunities at their current duty station before they separate, as well as to resources where they choose to call home, regardless of where that may be.
A Holistic Approach – Transition impacts every aspect of a service member and military family’s life. Scouts provide support in the following focus areas: employment, education, financial readiness, veterans benefits, housing, legal, family strength & wellness, and volunteerism.
A Nationwide Network of Networks – The USO Pathfinder program works with best-in-class public and private resources across the nation that offer relevant services to transitioning service members and military spouses. Scouts inform, prepare, and connect individuals with the local, national, in-person and virtual resources that are the best-fit for them based on their specific timeline, location and goals.
Powerful Technology – The USO’s digital Action Plan puts comprehensive transition services into the hands of service members and military spouses. Individuals can view their action plan, complete tasks, create tasks, and connect with their Scout in real time, all through their mobile device.
USO TRANSITIONS: Transitioning Service Members and Military Spouses
We provide resources for service members, veterans and military families throughout various transition points of their service. From the moment their military careers begin, through the completion of their service – through voluntary separation, the wounds of service or the ultimate sacriﬁce – those who serve, and their families, are supported with dignity and respect.
USO Pathfinder sites are co-located with USO centers across the U.S.
Transitioning from the military? Connect with a USO Transition Specialist to develop a personalized Action Plan and to take full advantage of services and resources that are the best fit for you and your family in your new community.
Read About USO Pathfinder Success Stories
Feb 27, 2020
How One Soldier Paved a Path to Life Beyond the Military with USO Pathfinder®
Finding a job after the military can be a stressful and challenging experience for service members who are unfamiliar with the civilian workplace. Luckily for one Army soldier, the USO Pathfinder program was there to help him navigate the process.
Jul 31, 2017
'They Truly, Genuinely Care': How USO Pathfinder Helped A Cancer Survivor Transition to Civilian Life
Kristin Rogers may no longer be a soldier, but she has been and always will be a fighter. At 18, she joined the Army. At 23, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, the 29 year old is in remission and building a successful civilian life and career with help from the USO Pathfinder program.