Survey 2018-01-14T15:24:16-05:00

48% of Veterans indicate their transition was more difficult that expected and 59% claim it took more time that expected. These numbers increase to 51% and 62% for post-9/11 Veterans.

The 2017 Military Transition Study* is a Veteran led study that gathers data and insights about the experience of transitioning from the military. Unlike other studies, this is the first continuous study that allows users to interact with, and search, the data in real-time to access and understand results that align with their own unique situations. Responses are shared using an interactive database that can be searched based upon a servicemember’s branch, rank, military specialty or career field, education, years of service, age and gender.

This study aims to identify and understand positive transition examples, obstacles, and challenges to better educate and our servicemembers for a successful transition. Participation is requested from anyone that served in the US Armed Forces, regardless of the branch or years of service, with the goal to enlist at least 100K Veterans to complete this anonymous online survey. We hope you will consider completing the survey.


  • Almost half (48%) of veterans surveyed claim their transition was “more difficult than expected”
  • 38% indicate their first civilian salary was “worse than expected”
  • Three quarters (76%) of veterans surveyed agree when asked if their transition was “stressful”
  • More than half (59%) indicate their transition “took more time than expected”
  • More than half (52%) agree their transition was “confusing”


  1. There’s too much information delivered in a short period of time, which ultimately detracts from a service member’s ability to retain and apply the materials presented.
  2. Course materials for the majority of service members are too generic and don’t account for varied experience levels and post-military career expectations.
  3. Some instructors lack creditability. Examples include retired SNCOs and Officers that came directly from active duty and therefore have limited civilian workforce experience.
  4. Service members wait until the last minute in their active duty careers to attend which limits the utility of transition materials.
  5. Service members aren’t able to focus on the TAP class due to other/ongoing duties.

*Visit to learn more. This study is operated independent of the Loya-Sears Bill.