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Resume-Building Resources for Transitioning Servicemembers


Each year, more than 200,000 servicemembers leave the military to transition into civilian life. Navigating this stage can be complex, but it’s important to keep in mind that there is no right way to transition and there are many resources that can assist you along the way.

Here are 10 resume-building resources for transitioning servicemembers to help navigate the transition out of military service:

Beyond the Uniform

Beyond the Uniform is a free, on-demand Veteran career resource to help military Veterans identify, evaluate, pursue and succeed at their ideal civilian career. Check out their on-demand webinars and podcast episodes to get started.


BreakLine provides education and support to help transitioning servicemembers pivot into a career in tech. They offer interactive learning, mentorship, and networking, but they’re best known for their virtual month-long program which is free and open to the public. In these classes, they cover the exploratory phase of a career transition, the interview process, and negotiating compensation. See how to sign up here.


You can get free access to Coursera.org specialization and certificate courses through the Veterans Transition Support program. Online courses include Project Management, Construction Management, Patient Safety, Supply Chain Management, Cybersecurity, and more. Begin studying here.

Fortinet & Blue Star Families

Fortinet offers Veterans and military spouses free online, self-paced cybersecurity training through its Security Academy Program. It also includes a Network Security Expert (NSE) exams voucher, starting at the NSE level 4 (valued at $400).


PM-ProLearn offers Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam prep training. PMP study materials for Veterans include a free EBook. AAFMAA and PM-ProLearn are partners in ensuring Veterans have the support they need to remain successful and secure after a career in the military. Learn more about our partnership with PM-ProLearn.

SAS Institute Inc.

SAS is committed to helping U.S. Veterans, servicemembers, and their spouses successfully transition into new careers through free e-learning courses, software and certification exams. Their most popular tracks are Base Programming Specialist, Advanced Programmer, and Statistical Business Analyst.


Salesforce offers the Trailhead Military program — free, self-paced, virtual training that can help members of the military community launch a career in tech.


Vets2Industry is a free resource library for active, guard, reserve, Veteran, military spouse, dependent children, Blue Star and Gold Star families, and caregivers. Plus, as part of our ongoing partnership with V2I, AAFMAA is proud to provide institutional learning opportunities that help educate and assist the V2I community. Browse their site by category or explore more than 100 employment prep resources made specifically for Veterans.


The VetSuccess Academy is an intensive, accelerated training program that provides world-class SANS training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity. SANS Immersion Academies are 100% scholarship-based and no cost to participants.

Vets Who Code

#VetsWhoCode is a Veteran-led and operated 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit that focuses on training Veterans in web development and software engineering principles free of charge, with the aim of starting careers as a JavaScript developer. Discover how to apply.

AAFMAA is dedicated to making your military transition as smooth as possible with always-affordable financial solutions that serve you and your family for generations. From life insurance policies to mortgages and wealth management services, we make it easy for you to move confidently into the next phase. Call 888-973-0835 or contact us online today to get started. 

Common Questions

Yes, your AAFMAA policy will cover a death related to COVID-19 if you are an existing AAFMAA Member with a policy issued more than two years ago or prior to a COVID-19 diagnosis, even within the first two years the policy is owned. The only exclusion on AAFMAA policies is death by suicide within the first two years.

However it is important to note that death claims made against an underwritten policy issued within the last two years are contestable, regardless of the cause of death. Contestable death claims are reviewed and subject to denial if we find undisclosed material information that would have changed the outcome of the policy issuance decision.

Yes, if you are applying for a policy that requires medical underwriting, you must disclose a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Not doing so would be considered material misrepresentation and could result in your policy being voided.

As mentioned above, death claims made against an underwritten policy issued within the last two years are contestable, regardless of the cause of death. Additionally, you don’t have to die for a material misrepresentation to void your contract. The policy can be voided at any point within the first two years if AAFMAA finds that you provided incorrect information about your health history and that the correct information would have prevented us from issuing the policy.

If you were diagnosed with having contracted COVID-19 prior to applying for life insurance and you failed to disclose that diagnosis on your application, your death claim could be denied. This is because, if you had disclosed your COVID-19 diagnosis, we would have followed current industry guidelines and possibly postponed acceptance of your application. In this case, your policy would be voided and your survivors would only receive a refund of the premiums you had paid.

No, the COVID-19 vaccine is classified as a typical wellness check, for which we do not require disclosures and do not deny death claims. We strongly suggest that our Members follow CDC recommendations and receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are eligible.

Industry guidelines indicate that a COVID-19 diagnosis may postpone acceptance of your application for a period of three weeks to 1 year following recovery, depending on the severity of symptoms and treatment. This timeline is subject to change as new information becomes available and industry guidelines are adjusted accordingly. Those who experience a full recovery may be considered for issue before 12 months, while serious cases (such as those which required a ventilator) may be postponed for longer.

No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination will not affect the acceptance of your application.

No, AAFMAA cannot change your premiums or your health classification on a policy you currently hold. Your premiums and health classification will remain the same, even if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or you are at a higher risk of exposure due to your job, living situation, or recent travel, or if you get one of the COVID-19 vaccinations approved for emergency use by the USFDA.