FORT HOOD, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - The Army is helping soldiers move into a job or career as soon as they leave service.
For the last six years, Fort Hood has been operating the Solider for Life program which is a training program for life after the military.
Caliber Collision Academy, on Ft. Hood, soldiers like U.S. Army Sgt. Jacob Barner are learning the trades and careers for life after serving.
"This is gonna be the next job for the next 20 to 39 years. I enjoy it and you can make good money doing it," Sgt. Barner says.
Barner is just about done with the 18 week body technician course. He'll separate from the Army and he's got a guaranteed job with Caliber Collision.
"I had no idea these programs were availible. I'm glad they created a program like this and because I know a lot of vets years ago who got out and there was nothing for them, hereI'm very fortunate we are able to have programs to choose from," Sgt. Barner says.
Another solider in the program, Sgt. Benjamin Neubauer, is in the same program and is just as excited.
"It's absolutely amazing because I know a lot of people have issues when they get nearing out. People are like what are you going to do and they come up with an answer that keeps the conversation going but I got out this morning and right now I'm safe with where I am and I'm confident that my job is lined up, my paycheck is in and I have no worries," Sgt. Neubauer says.
That's what the Soldier for Life program is all about. The Department of Defense saw the problem of veteran unemployment and the program is meant to combat it by giving servicemen and women hands on job training, certifications and internships while they are still in the military and it's not just blue collar trades.
Mark Philips says, "We have project manager skills. HR. Any support organization a company needs the army at Ft. Hood has."
Phillips helps run the Soldier for Life program at Ft. Hood. Every soldier goes through it to some extent.
Whether it's simple how to write a resume to tech training to work at the City of Austin to learning construction.
There are dozens of training programs and Phillips knows the soliders here will be perfect fits in the civilian working world.
"When you receive a soldier in your organization it changes the atmosphere, culture, adds character, these are things the military has invested into our soldiers," Phillips says.
And for soldiers like Sgt. Barner, knowing he has a job waiting for him means it's mission accomplished before he's even a civilian again.
"It's a great feeling knowing the stress of the transition and not having to worry about what I do the rest of my life is there," Sgt. Barner says.
Each of the different training programs are sponsored and the program is always for more sponsors so that it can expand.