Program to Help Veterans Transition Into Civilian Life

(Original source: Orange County Register, September 2012)


The MBTI® assessment was recently featured in an Orange County Register article, “Program to help veterans transition into civilian life,” about the REBOOT program created by the National Veterans Transition Services organization. The REBOOT program uses the assessment to help returning soldiers transition back into civilian life. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“Starting Sept. 17, the National Veterans Transition Services Inc., a San Diego-based nonprofit, will hold a free REBOOT workshop for about 40 active-duty service members and veterans from Orange County. The workshop will take place at Brandman University in Irvine, which was established in 1958 as a service to Marines based at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, said Joe Cockrell, a university spokesman.

REBOOT, a three-week “reverse boot camp” established in 2010, helps fill the gaps in federal efforts to transition veterans back into everyday life, said retired Navy Enlisted Master Chief Petty Officer Maurice Wilson, who is president and executive director of the National Veterans Transition Services.

REBOOT gives participants the Myers-Briggs personality test and teaches them strategies for leaving behind the military mindset, which places a heavy emphasis on obeying orders. In the final part of the program, service members practice interviewing, learn how to write résumés and create a LinkedIn profile. After graduating, participants are connected with employers and receive checkups from an employment specialist.

‘When you join the military, it gives you three things. It gives you a new identity, it gives you a purpose, and it assigns a career to you,’ Wilson said. ‘What we do is help reserve those processes. … You learn more about the ‘we' in boot camp than the ‘I.' We turn the ‘we' back into the ‘I.' ’

The September workshop will mark the first time that REBOOT, which has graduated more than 20 classes, moves outside of San Diego County.”

Read “Program to help veterans transition into civilian life.”