DoD Resources

The NCSC distributes resources that contain information about military occupations and their relationships to civilian employment.  They are embedded in a variety of Department of Labor services including the Career OneStop system, O*NET Online, My Next Move for Veterans and others.  Major Resources:

  • Military-Civilian Crosswalk:  The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) maintains a crosswalk file linking military occupations to those from the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and O*NET classifications.  The file is updated quarterly.  You can download a copy of the latest crosswalk here.  A brief description of the file’s fields can be found here.
  • Vow to Hire Heroes Act Enhanced Crosswalk Resources:  Section 222 of the Vow to Hire Heroes Act (page 10) called for a study identifying links between skills developed in the military, based on military training courses, attainment of various ranks or other military experiences and the requirements of civilian occupations in the private sector.  You’ll find background information and the results of the pilot study Translating Military Skills to Civilian Employment, developed under a contract to the U.S. Department of Labor and a spreadsheet file that contains analysis of the 68 military occupations selected for study and the linked civilian occupations.  These 68 occupations accounted for 57 percent of all service members at the time the study was conducted .  These files are made available to address the publication requirements in the act.
  • Military Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL):  The National O*NET Center has supplemented the contents of the Military-Civilian Crosswalk described above with military-civilian occupation links from the Army COOL, Navy COOL and Marine Corps COOL projects.  The supplemental material from the military COOL sites is available upon request through O*NET Customer Service.
  • Integrated Crosswalk: An O*NET web service providing access to an integrated military to civilian crosswalk (DMDC, COOL, VOW enhanced file) is available through https://services.onetcenter.org/reference/veterans#military.  (NOTE: A short registration process is required to gain access to web services output.)

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