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 program also supports military spouses at any point in their military journey as they transition from one installation to the next.
Are you or do you know someone transitioning out of the military? Click here to find a USO Pathfinder location.
The USO Pathfinder operation works with strategic partners to connect service members and military spouses to resources within these focus areas: employment, education, financial readiness, veterans’ benefits, housing, legal, family strength and wellness and volunteerism.
USO Pathfinder Scouts can support service members and military spouses up to 12 months prior to transition and extend that support for up to 12 months beyond their date of separation or transition from the military through personalized, one-on-one support. With sites located across the country, the USO Pathfinder program connects people to resources and opportunities before they separate as well as at their point of destination.
“[The USO] truly, genuinely cares about everybody that comes through those doors. It’s because of them that I got the job.” - Kristin Rogers, U.S. Army Veteran and USO Pathfinder® Participant
Through the creation of an individualized action plan, Scouts collaborate with individuals to identify their personal and professional goals and build a roadmap to achieving those goals, identifying services and resources that are the best fit for their needs and geographic location. In 2019, more than 10,000 action plans were completed by service members and spouses.
With the support of national partners, the Pathfinder program also offers:
The Google IT Support Professional Certificate: In partnership with Google, the USO launched the Google IT Support Professional Certificate program in August of 2018. This program is designed to help 1,000 transitioning service members and spouses prepare for entry-level jobs in IT support in about six to eight months. All program participants are paired with a USO Pathfinder® Scout and receive an action plan to support their transition journey while they are completing the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.
Personal Branding Workshops: Launched in 2019 in partnership with LinkedIn expert, Michael Quinn, these interactive workshops support transitioning service members and spouses as they learn to develop a personal brand and a robust LinkedIn profile to support career transition after military service. Workshops are hosted in USO centers and virtually via a webinar format.
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 21, 2020
How These Transitioning Veterans and Military Spouses Used USO Pathfinder® and Google to Find Success
Service members and military spouses often struggle to find employment beyond the military, despite being highly-qualified. Here's how the USO, in partnership with Google, is equipping veterans with the necessary skills to find a job.