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How MOAA Helps with the Transition

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

According to the Department of Defense, 200,000 service members transition to civilian life each year. When you leave the military and enter into civilian life a cultural shift takes place. Rosie Connect's Host E'Beth Goad dives deeper into that shift and explores the Military to Civilian Transition in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). E’Beth talks with MOAA career expert and Senior Director of Career Transition and Member Services, Colonel Brian Anderson, USAF (Ret), Gary Roznovsky, a recently retired naval flight officer and Scott Walker, a member of the US Army Reserve. Guests shared their experiences, helpful tips and resources which prepared them for a smooth transition out of the military. How MOAA Helps with the Transition The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the country's leading organization protecting the rights of military servicemembers and their families. Members of MOAA not only lend their voices to a greater cause but also gain access to extensive benefits tailored to the needs and lifestyles of military officers and their families. MOAA members proudly hail from every branch of the uniformed services.

"MOAA provides educational counseling and resources to our members, the expanded uniformed services, and the veteran community. Those resources include seminars, workshops, virtual events, and hiring events. At MOAA, we try to look at diversity in our topics to be able to support our entire membership base; we look at transitions, not just your military to civilian transition, since we're all in a state of transition. Whether you're aged 22 or 102, we try to provide trusted guidance and resources to help people no matter where they are in their career journey and to help them with their personal goals and aspirations to attain those." Brian Anderson in the recent episode of Rosie Talks.

MOAA can help you with the transition process:

  • Resume Development, Critiques and Reviews

  • Career Counseling

  • LinkedIn Profile Critiques and Reviews

  • Webinars and Classes

  • Job Boards


More from the Interview

Gary Roznovsky shared his MOAA experience, “About one to two years out, I started to put a resume together and hit up MOAA for a resume critique which was the first step for me. I received a very personal one-on-one consultation which was outstanding feedback since I had never done this before. From there I just wanted to learn as much as I could. I utilized many of the webinars and networking events. Every time I got an email about an event, I clicked ‘yes.’ MOAA offers services in all the different facets of transition that you might not think about. I even got help with my LinkedIn profile"

Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy, Retired

Gary shared how important networking is in the transition process and how it lead to new opportunities, and also acknowledged that there are a lot of steps in the transition process: deciding which career path you want to take, building a resume, networking, salary negotiation, and more. He also shared how the resources that MOAA offers have been beneficial throughout the process.

Brian Anderson shared how key networking is to the transition process and how it’s really about building relationships and being a resource for others. This can be done everywhere from the supermarket to the airport, to alumni associations and more. You just don’t know where that connection is going to hit fertile ground for you.

Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired) Senior Director, Career Transition & Member Services of MOAA

Scott Walker shared that he’s currently in the transitioning job process and discovered early on that he needed assistance translating his experience in the military, so it resonates with the HR personnel he’s reaching out to. MOAA helped him with that translation as well as formatting and structuring his resume for both the civilian and federal markets.

Colonel U.S. Army Reserve

Scott also talked about how there is a cultural shift when you transition out of the military. Your whole career you are accustomed to people reaching out to you for the next step in your career, and we also tend to be more humble about ourselves. However, on the civilian side this mindset needs to shift where you realize no one is going to find you, you have to find them, and you’re not bragging but highlighting your skill sets.

E'Beth Goad, the host of Rosie Talks, pointed out the importance of transitioning service members and spouses knowing their worth in the job market and asks Brian how MOAA helps with this. Brian shared that salary initiation and salary negotiation may be a completely foreign concept to service members. You might know the salary window you want to be in, but you should know how to negotiate. MOAA's Benefits Negotiation course will teach you tips and tricks in the negotiation process.

Brian Anderson also shared that in addition to the many programs and services MOAA offers, one thing that makes MOAA stand out is that as a paid MOAA member, you’re eligible for one-on-one personalized assistance from our experts. We have a team of people helping people navigate through the process.

To learn more about how MOAA can help you with your transition process, visit

This episode of Rosie Talks is sponsored by MOAA

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