WHO WE SERVE

THE US NAVY SEAL IS THE WORLD’S MOST ELITE MILITARY OPERATOR. EACH SEAL HAS EXCEPTIONAL ATTRIBUTES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESS IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, MILITARY OR CIVILIAN. SEALs ARE:

PROVEN

  • SEALs are selected for a variety of characteristics: physical strength, mental aptitude, integrity and teamwork
  • Only 1 out of 5 candidates successfully completes the training program

HIGHLY TRAINED

  • The U.S. Military invests $500,000 to initially select and train a SEAL and over $100,000 per year in continuing training and development

WELL ROUNDED

  • SEALs receive significant training in non-combat skills such as foreign languages, complex negotiation, diplomacy, leadership and management

CAPABLE

  • SEALs possess the scientifically proven ability to perform better than the average person in high pressure, extreme environments

THE PROBLEM

SEALs HAVE THEIR IDEAL JOB BUT TRANSITION FROM THE MILITARY IS INEVITABLE; FINDING THEIR NEXT ROLE IN LIFE IS THE MOST DIFFICULT MISSION FOR MANY SEALs. THE REASONS FOR THIS ARE:

CULTURAL

  • Employers do not always understand the relevance of military experience to success in the private sector

PERSONAL

  • Most SEALs have little to no awareness of private sector job opportunities and often underappreciate their relevance to the private sector

STRUCTURAL

  • Corporate entry-level training programs are not the best fit for SEALs who have extraordinary qualifications and experiences compared to the average candidate

INSTITUTIONAL

  • A 2014 study published by the RAND corporation suggests that policies and programs aimed at facilitating veterans’ transition are ineffective

SOLUTION: THE SEAL FUTURE FUND

When a SEAL is ready to explore a transition from the military, the SEAL Future Fund provides a pathway to empower the individual to achieve success.

THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS

GOAL ASSESSMENT

THE FIRST STEP

  • Get Connected: Each transition candidate is matched with a Primary SFF Mentor to serve as a point of contact and guide through the entirety of the pathway, beginning with the Goal Assessment

DEFINE THE GOAL

  • Explore the Question, “What do I want to do as a civilian?”: Certified coaches help answer this basic, but challenging question by using leading psychological and aptitude assessment tools to determine best-fit career and education options based upon personality, experience and preferences

FORMULATE A MISSION PLAN

  • Plan and Prepare: Together with the Primary SFF Mentor and coaches, develop a mission plan for achieving a successful transition and prepare for the next step along the transition pathway
  • Navigate Separation: Provide resources to ensure a successful military retirement and separation process

THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

DETERMINE ACADEMIC PATH

  • Academic Counseling: SFF Mentors provide advice on various academic opportunities, programs and courses of study
  • Networking: Access to faculty, current students and alumni of elite undergraduate institutions, graduate schools and professional schools

PREPARE FOR SCHOOL

  • Test Prep: Access to a wide range of Kaplan test preparation courses including the GMAT, LSAT and MCAT at no cost
  • Academic Coaching: Certified coaches provide the resources and tools to achieve success in school

PAY FOR SCHOOL

  • Scholarships: The SFF provides scholarships up to $10,000 to help mitigate the cost of pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree because the GI bill does not cover the entire cost of attending most private and some public schools

THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CAREER EXPLORATION

  • Career Coaching and Counseling: One-on-one career coaching provided by professionally trained coaches to identify specific career options
  • Career Direction: SFF mentors from the nationwide Executive and Business Network assist with refining career and job opportunities

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Attend Finishing School: Access non-degree executive education programs at elite institutions such as the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development and the Wharton General Management Program

CAREER PREPARATION

  • Bridging the Gap: SFF mentors provide a bridge and support from the SEAL Community to the private sector, addressing the military/civilian skills translation gap
  • Getting Up to Speed: SFF mentors prepare the SEAL for career opportunities by coaching on specifi c skills, developing a business vocabulary and learning business customs and etiquette

THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS

CAREER BUILDING

NETWORKING

  • Connect with Potential Employers: Access to the nationwide SFF Executive and Business Network to enable further mentoring, information discovery, mock interviewing and job placement

INTERNSHIPS

  • Gain Work Experience: Opportunity to apply to proprietary opportunities sponsored by leading companies through the SFF Leadership Transition Employment Program

ENTREPRENEUR ASSISTANCE

  • Start a Business: Provide assistance with company formation, corporate finance, strategy and human resource development and networking with trusted advisors, service providers and potential partners

COMMUNITY

  • Enduring Commitment: Lifetime membership in the SFF network of SEALs and civilian business/community leaders and lifetime access to all SFF services