Employment Readiness Program (ERP)

Army Reserve: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet



The Employment Readiness Program (ERP), operated through Army Community Service (ACS) centers, helps Soldiers, Spouses, surviving Spouses, DoD civilians, and Family members gain the competitive edge needed for employment by providing employment information in the areas of job search skills, education, training, transition, and volunteer opportunities.



Retired Army Reserve Soldiers their Spouses and Family members are eligible for the Employment Readiness Program.


Benefit Highlights:

The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) provides services to military Spouses, active duty Military, Reserve and National Guard, Wounded Warriors, Retirees, DoD Civilians, and all Family Members. A professional job search trainer at the ACS center will help identify skills and assist in every step of the way during the job search. The ERP gives access to an unlimited number of automated databases on the Internet that list employers and employment opportunities. The ERP also provides access to actual vacancy announcements and employment information from state, local and government agencies. Visit the Employment Readiness Program Manager at your local Army Community Service Center (See ERP Managers Roster for a location closest to you).

Assistance is offered in the following areas: 

  • Up-to-date resource information on available local, national and international employment opportunities, job market trends, and education and volunteer resources.
  • Classes and seminars on self-assessment and career exploration, resume writing, interviewing techniques, dressing for success, networking, and entrepreneurship.
  • Resume critiques
  • Career counseling and individual career assessments.
  • Job fairs and other hiring events.
  • Teen/youth employment Information
  • Computers with internet access, resume writing software, and typing tutorials

ERP works with the installation Civilian Personnel Office, community agencies, and the Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) to provide a full range of employment-related services and assistance to Family members during their job search and career development. There are ACS Centers at Army installations worldwide. Call or visit the closest ACS office to make an appointment to begin the job search process.

Additional Information:

For more information about ERP, please visit: 

In addition, the link to the Employment and Readiness Program on Army installations may be located on the Resource Locator Library on MyArmyBenefits:

For more information about Army Family employment programs please see the following fact sheets:

Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)

Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)

Troops to Teachers

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)

For information on government civil service jobs, visit:



Document Review Date: 24 February 2016