The 23-year-old Army Career and Alumni Program is undergoing a name change.

The program which helps soldiers transition into the civilian workforce is now called Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program.

“The name change has to do with the new view of our mission,” said Linda Christ, manager of the Fort Hood program.

This change was announced June 20, by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, to better reflect the new direction of Army transition.

“Like Marines are Marines for life, that’s what the Army wants people to be,” said Christ, a retired colonel. “It wants people to identify with the Army even after they’re out.

“Part of that change is going to be the transition program,” she added.

Beginning in October, the transition program will begin working with soldiers when they arrive to their first unit — looking at their job and how they can begin, even then, to make themselves more viable in their post-Army career.

Currently, most soldiers wait until near the end of their careers to find out about transition information. The Army feels this is too late, according to a press release on the name change.

“The goal is to have all soldiers prepared to transition out of the Army and into a great civilian job, regardless of if they stay in the Army three years, or 33 years,” the release stated.

Christ said for now, her office is using the new name, but logos and a campaign strategy have not been provided. Once it’s out there, the Fort Hood office will begin changing its signs and posters across post.

“If you have anything that has ACAP on it, that’s a collector’s item,” she said with a laugh.

For more information of the Fort Hood transition office, call 254-288-2227/5627 or 553-6363.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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