One of the biggest stresses of being called up to active duty is wondering whether your job will be waiting for you when you return. What can you do to ensure that you pick up your life smoothly after you serve your country? Remember these tips:
1. Know Your Rights: There are many federal (and also state) laws in place to protect you, first and foremost being the Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Be sure to familiarize yourself with this Act, and check with state offices to see what other benefits and protection you qualify for.
2. Avoid Job Conflicts: Don't take your employer's support for granted, and be sure to work with him or her to make your transition in and out of the military as smooth as possible. Our Guide to Avoiding Job Conflicts should help.
3. Use Your Support Services: Be sure to check out the National Committee For Employer Support Of The Guard And Reserve (ESGR), which will help both you and your employer. Visit the official ESGR Website, and you will find resources, guides, useful services and much more.