ACS Employment Readiness Program (ERP)
2601 Indiana Ave
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

Phone 270-798-4289 / 270-798-4412
Phone (DSN) 312-635-4289
Fax 270-798-4348
Fax (DSN) 312-635-4348

Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat - closed
Sun - closed
Federal Holidays - closed

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Employment Options

Fort Campbell offers a variety of employment options. Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is a wonderful place for Solders and their Family Members to live, work, and enjoy recreational activities. The military installation is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border between the towns of   Hopkinsville, KY, Clarksville, TN and 60 miles northwest of Nashville, TN on I-24.

On post opportunities are available at a variety of agencies such as the Post Exchange, Commissary, Child Development Centers and many others. Fort Campbell employs some 4,000 Civilians, making it the largest employer in both Tennessee and Kentucky.

Key to finding the appropriate job is to use the various services on the installation designed to assist you with your job search. Considering the current job client, seeking out employment assistance with finding the right job for your skill set is critical.

Top Sectors by Employment in the surrounding areas:

  • Retail Trade
  • Manufactory
  • Education Services
  • Health Care and Social Services
  • Administrative, Support and Waste Management
  • Accommodations and Food Services

Unemployment Rate for the area: During 2007 to present: 6.5 to 8.0%

Median Household Income for the areas: $38,006-$55,528.

Visit the Chamber of Commerce websites to view more demographics of the surrounding areas:  

Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)

Services Provided: SFL-TAP's mission is to provide timely and effective transition assistance to all transitioning Service Members, Retirees and their Family Members. SFL-TAP's goal is to educate, prepare and connect Soldiers and Families transitioning from active duty on/with continuing their service in the National Guard and Reserves, Veterans benefits, educational and employment opportunities by providing Veterans' benefit information and job assistance training utilizing a three step process which includes the following:

Step I: Pre-separation Briefing (Mon-Fri, 0830 & 1300, call or visit SFL-TAP to reserve a seat)
The process begins with attendance and participation in a mandatory Pre-separation Briefing. Soldiers will conduct Pre-separation counseling with an assigned SFL-TAP counselor and complete a Pre-separation Counseling Checklist (DD Form 2648), which is required to clear the installation. Topics of discussion include career options, transition benefits and service provider referral information. All participants must have an active AKO user name and password.

Step II:
Transition Overview and MOS Crosswalk
(call or visit SFL-TAP to reserve a seat)
The Transition Overview and MOS Crosswalk classes provide a foundation for a successful transition from the military. Family concerns, Values of a Mentor, the Individual Transition Plan, Credentialing and an individual Gap Analysis are the main topics of discussion.

Department of Labor Employment Workshop (call or visit SFL-TAP to reserve a seat)
The three day DOL Employment Workshop is mandatory for all transitioning Soldiers. It is designed to provide post-military employment knowledge and skills to include networking, resume, interview techniques, dress for success and salary and benefit negotiation techniques.

VA Benefits Briefing part I and part II (call or visit SFL-TAP to reserve a seat)
The VA benefits Briefing is mandatory for all transitioning Soldiers and is designed to teach Veterans about the VA benefits they may be entitled to. VA counselors will educate you on your benefits, outline eligibility criteria, answer questions and even provide assistance in completing and filing your applications.

Financial Planning (call or visit SFL-TAP to reserve a seat)
Soldiers will be introduced to a variety of financial topics to include credit reports, retirement planning, changes in taxes and cost of living and evaluation of a total compensation package. Attendees will develop a spending plan (6-month post-separation budget).

Career Tracks (call or visit SFL-TAP to reserve a seat)
Soldiers may be required to complete either a 2-day Assessing Higher Education Track,
Small Business Administration Boots-to-Business Entrepreneur Track, or Technical Career Track based their selected post-military career path.

Step III: SFL-TAP Center Visits
Transitioning Service Members are required to return to the SFL-TAP Center for one-on-one assistance by a SFL-TAP Counselor. The SFL-TAP Counselor will assist the Soldier in completing their resume and application packet.

Additional services include practice interview sessions, internet job searches and enrichment seminars to include Applying for Federal Jobs, Advanced Resume Writing, Personality Assessment, Law Enforcement Careers and Interview Techniques.
Employer Day Hiring Events: SFL-TAP hosts at least 10 veteran-friendly hiring employers in the SFL-TAP center every week.

Job Fairs: Job Fairs are held quarterly in April, June, September and December at Fort Campbell's Cole Park Commons.

SFL-TAP Online: The fastest way to start your transition is by using SFL-TAP Online which offers transition information, any time, from any location, and to schedule SFL-TAP services online. You can start your SFL-TAP journey online by visiting:

Please note that steps I and II, as well as a SFL-TAP approved application packet (consisting of an approved resume, two job applications, a reference page and a completed Individual Transition Plan), are mandatory requirements for all transitioning Soldiers in order to clear the installation.

Employment Services

Several programs are set up to assist spouses in finding employment on and off the installation. The ACS Employment Readiness Program was set up to provide information and assistance for spouses, family members and DoD employees with job search and job preparation. It is located at the Army Community Service (ACS) main building 2601 Indiana Ave.

ACS Employment Readiness Program (ERP) – ACS ERP provides Job Search Skills, individual employment counseling, job application assistance, resume and cover letter workshop, employment orientation, employer spotlight, access to job lead books, and outside referrals. Refer to ERP for detailed information, 270-798-4412/4289 or DSN 312-635-4412/4289.

AF/NAF -- Appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund positions are also posted at USA Jobs.

Job opportunities for teens are available in the appropriated fund section of the Federal Job Information Center. Call 270-798-4412/4289 for more information.

DDESS -- The Fort Campbell Domestic Dependent Elementary & Secondary School (DDESS) has 7 schools on post. Positions available are Kentucky certified teaching staff, non-certified positions such as teacher's aid, clerical, cafeteria position and custodial maintenance. For more information access the USA Jobs website.

DECA -- For positions with the Fort Campbell Commissary, (DECA) go online to the USA Jobs website or contact the commissary at 270-798-3663.

AAFES -- Army, Air Force exchange system (AAFES) has job opportunities in retail, food and service areas such as cashier/checker and sales associate. For more information and applications, go online to the AAFES website. To apply for vacancies, you are required to fill out an online application. Call 270-439-1849 for more information.

Contractors -- Fort Campbell has several contractors who operate on the installation. Military spouse preference program does not apply to contracting position on post. ACS Employment Readiness Program will provide information on contracting opportunities on and off the installation.

Unemployment Benefits

The Kentucky and Tennessee State Employment offices provide information on local job opportunities and unemployment benefits. Kentucky and Tennessee laws does not provide unemployment benefits to dependents of service member relocating to the Ft Campbell area.  For more information, go online; for Kentucky and for Tennessee.

Employment Documentation

For job hunting purposes, be sure to hand carry school transcripts, employment records and documents SF 171, SF 50. Name, address and telephone number of three references, professional certificates, special awards or honors, letter of recommendation/appreciation, volunteer career information.

If you are a foreign-born spouse (coming from an overseas location) and you have education transcripts not in English, it is advisable to contact your local Army Community Service (ACS) for information on translating document to English before you depart.

Military One Source at 1-800-464-8107 will translate your education documents for free. You must have a green card (resident alien card) to obtain employment, driver's license and social security card.

Tuition Assistance

The Federal Government offers a variety of loans and grant programs to help Soldiers and their Family Members fund their education. See the Education Officer Counselor (EOC) at the Education Center for more information and application forms. The EOC present monthly briefings on financial aid for Education and "Opportunities for Military Spouses" Contact the Fort Campbell Army Education Center at 270-798-3201. 


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