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Education and Training


In addition to Career Counseling, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the interest and aptitude assessment tool known as CareerScope at no cost to all eligible benefit recipients. CareerScope has been used frequently by Veterans to determine the best career path for transition to civilian life.

Whether you wish to pursue education and training in a field you already know, or you wish to branch out to other fields that interest you, CareerScope can help. With CareerScope you will be provided with an assessment of your interests and aptitudes, and given recommendations about which careers you may enjoy and be successful doing, and what courses or training programs you should focus on to pursue those careers.

This document should be used in conjunction with the results you receive from completing the assessment tool.You can also take advantage of VA's free Educational & Career Counseling (see below).

To access CareerScope, please click on the box appropriate to your current level of academic achievement and how certain you are of your career goals.

CareerScope decision matrix  Level4 Level3 Level2 Level1

Educational and Career Counseling Services

Free Educational and Career Counseling (Chapter 36) services are provided to transitioning Service members who are:

  • Within six months prior to discharge from active duty.
  • Within one year following discharge from active duty.
  • Current beneficiaries of educational assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607.
  • Veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for and have entitlement to education assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607.

Services include:

  • Counseling to facilitate career decision making for civilian or military occupations.
  • Educational and career counseling to choose an appropriate civilian occupation and develop a training program.
  • Academic and adjustment counseling to resolve barriers that impede success in training or employment.

To apply for free counseling services please complete and return the form located here.

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Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

Maybe you missed it the first time around but you can always check it out again on our TAP resources website.