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Transition Benefits: Helping Sailors Launch New Careers

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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy's contract for job search and assistance to help Sailors separating by the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) is well underway, an official said Feb. 17.

"Navy has contracted Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. (CGC), an outplacement service company, to personally coach and assist ERB separating Sailor's transition to the civilian workforce," said Capt. Kate Janac, Transition Assistance Program Manager. "The Sept. 1 separation date is approaching and ERB Sailors should immediately contact CGC via a toll-free number or email to begin their job placement process."

An employment outplacement service assists clients in making the transition to reemployment. Founded in the early 1960s, CGC has more than four decades of experience in the career transition industry.

The CGC team provides Sailors with individualized career assessment and professional resume writing, job search and preparation for interviews. The company assigns each Sailor a civilian coach who proactively works their case through each step of the process and also a prior military advisor to help in the transition.

"Our goal is to connect every ERB separating Sailor to this service. Command leadership needs to encourage and provide Sailors opportunity to enroll and move forward," said Janac. Those stationed overseas or deployed should also initiate contact and will receive support tailored to their unique situations.

"What really stands out is the high level of individual and professional service our Sailors will receive," said Janac. Sailors can engage with their coach to learn the skills needed to develop a personal marketing plan customized to their expertise and specific goals.

CGC began contacting ERB Sailors via email in December. Approximately 1,000 Sailors are using services provided by CGC, a third of eligible recipients. CGC representatives have joined Navy Personnel Command's Fleet Engagement Team during its briefs in fleet concentration areas to facilitate enrollment.

ERB separating Sailors should contact CGC using their toll free number 1-800-971-4288 or email CGCUSNavy@challengergray.com. Sailors can then work with their coach to establish an account on the CGC website, found at https://www.icareermanager.com/login/challengerTops/login.aspx.
For more information, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672) or email cscmailbox@navy.mil.

For more information about transition benefits visit the Transition Assistance Web Page available under the Hot Links section of the Navy Personnel Command at www.npc.navy.mil.

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

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