WSMTC Background

  • In February 2010, the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) commenced a multi-year project to convince the DoD to develop a policy that makes transition participation mandatory 12 months prior to separation and shifts the transition process from an output model (number of soldiers briefed) to an outcome model that results in specific achievements like receipt of employment, education, or VA benefit/entitlement.

  • In March 2010, the JBLM Commander offered to collaborate with the WDVA to develop an 18 month process map identifying a comprehensive list of actions necessary prior to release from action duty.

  • The Transition Process Map included tasks for the four tracks: 1) Employment; 2) Education; 3) Career/Technical Training; and 4) Small Business/ Entrepreneurship.

  • In 2011, the Washington Transition Process Map was used to brief Senator Patty Murray’s (WA) staff which ultimately resulted in Sen Murray co-sponsoring the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

  • In June 2012 JBLM SFL-TAP convened the first transition council IAW the DA EXORD 054-12 mandate to conduct quarterly installation transition services councils with supported and supporting stakeholders in order to synchronize and coordinate transition services, resources, and compliance at the installation level.  WSMTC meetings have run continuously every quarter since June 2012.

  • In August 2012, as a result of the first meeting, state working groups were established around the four transition tracks to identify gaps and ensure a solid hand-off to continue supporting Service Members as they exit Active Duty and integrate into the civilian workforce as ambassadors for the military.  The process map was expanded to include a 36 month long transition process road map detailing tasks beginning 18 months prior to and 18 months after separation.

  • In May 2013, Governor Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 13-01, Veteran Transition Support, which formalized the relationship between JBLM and WA State and empowered multiple state agencies to establish innovative strategies to help rebuild the state economy and return our Veterans to full employment.

  • Executive Order 13-01 directed the creation of the Washington State Military Transition Council (WSMTC) giving authority to multiple state agencies to work with local, state, and federal governments, as well as private and non-profit organizations to develop innovative ideas to reduce Veteran unemployment.  The Director of the DVA is the Chair of the Council.

The Military Transition Council has an Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee,  Advisory Group and four workgroups that are focused on Veteran 1) Employment; 2) Education: 3) Career/Technical Training; and 4) Veteran owned small business and entrepreneurship.

The WSMTC was the first of its kind relationship in the US.