Fort Hood: Transitioning soldiers network at 43rd Mega Career Fair

Hundreds of soldiers had a chance to look for new job opportunities at the 43rd Mega Career Fair on Tuesday at Fort Hood. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds of soldiers had a chance to look for new job opportunities at the 43rd Mega Career Fair on Tuesday at Fort Hood.

The event, hosted by the Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program, was open to all jobseekers, soldiers and spouses.

The main goal of the event is to help soldiers that are retiring or leaving the military find a line of work they desire.

Fort Hood Transitioning Assistance Manager Mark Phillips says giving the soldiers the opportunity to network is no easy task.

“We have over 10,000 soldiers that separate Fort Hood annually,” he said.

“We want to make sure that we help them because they’ve sacrificed so much to serve our country. They deserve the chance to start a good career in the future.”

From Coca-Cola, Amazon and the Ford Motor-Company, more than 180 different vendors were in attendance representing more than 20,000 employment opportunities.

CWO Gerald Davis, who plans on retiring from the Army in July, says that looking for work can be quite difficult to someone used to the structure of the military.

“It’s kind of intimidating when you’re looking for a job and trying to put yourself out there,” he said.

“Bringing in all these companies and knowing that they’re here for you just kind of makes things easier.”

While the official numbers have not been confirmed, Fort Hood estimated that more than 300 soldiers attended the fair.