NCOA and USO Team plan June 29 Networking Night
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published: June 22, 2016
Army headcount is at its lowest levels since WWII, and it is set to decline even more in coming years. Standing currently at just under 480,000 soldiers, by 2018 numbers are set to shrink to 450,000 through attrition. The need to ensure that service members are able to make a smooth transition from active duty to civilian life has never been greater, so two local organizations have joined forces to assist in this effort.
Seeking to connect active duty service members with the local business community, the Non-Commissioned Officers' Association of Korea, Dragon Hill Chapter 1507 (NCOA) and USO Korea have planned a Networking Night for this coming June 29th. Army Transition Services Manager Drew Brandt will be in attendance to share his expertise along with local business leaders who hope to provide guidance on what employers are looking for as well as potentially serve as the personal contacts that are so essential for landing that first job.
Both senior active duty and retired NCOA members will be on hand to council service members and share stories of the successful transitions they have seen. The USO representatives will talk the expansion of their T360 program, which is set to help both service members and their families build a strategy for life's major turning points, particularly the shift to civilian life. American Chamber of Commerce in Korea President and former Ford Motor Company executive John Schuldt will be in attendance to counsel on the current job market and Tyco Korea President Brad Buckwalter will discuss his business experience.
This "Networking Night" was inspireired by Joe Terry, Chairman of the NCOA Korea Chapter 1507. "I've talked with many members of the military community who are transitioning as well as members of the local business community who sincerely wanted to assist but didn't know how. We hope that this casual evening of discussion over good food and drink will lead to helpful connections for service members, business leaders and the entire transition assistance community. There has been discussion of holding these gatherings on a regular basis, but it all depends on the response to our first one on the 29th of this month."
Heavy appetizers and beer will be served and there will be a drawing as well. At only W20,000 per person for groups of 5 or more or W25,000 for active duty service members who pre-pay for the evening, the organizers obviously aren't looking to make money on this one. To register for the event, visit their Networking Night by NCOA and USO Facebook Event or call Joseph Terry at 010-2519-2097 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.