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<strong>Are you ready to start your new career?</strong>

Are you ready to start your new career?

Transition to civilian life in a career that helps people live great financial lives.  

The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship offers the training and development to become a fully-licensed Financial Advisor. In order to qualify for entry into the VETSTEPS program, you must meet some basic requirements:

  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • You must pass a background check
  • You must take a Career Aptitude Test
  • If you are using your VA Benefits, you must supply a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility
  • To enter the program, you must be Life and Health Licensed (if you do not have your license, we can help you get one prior to entering our program).

Are you ready to transition to a civilian career as a Financial Advisor?

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*We expect that candidates who graduate from our Training and Development curriculum fully-licensed will enter into a contract with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, or one of its subsidiaries, because we want you to continue your career as a Financial Advisor with us. Of course, you will have to meet the standards and requirements to be offered that contract. A Financial Advisor must be registered as an investment advisor representative with PAS providing investment advisory services. An individual cannot become a Financial Advisor or use that term with clients until meeting that criteria. First Financial Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is not affiliated with the Department of Labor or the Veterans Administration and is not involved in the VETSTEPS Apprenticeship program. Contact the individual department or agency for additional information regarding eligibility of benefits.

Many independent parties will be supporting you on this journey.  The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship Program (VETSTEPS) is a Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOL) – approved job training program sponsored by PatriotPaths, LLC (the Sponsor). VETSTEPS and VETSTEPS Financial are trademarks of PatriotPaths, LLC.

The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship Program (VETSTEPS) is a Department of Labor (DOL) – approved job training program sponsored by First Financial Group DBA VETSTEPS Financial, an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian). VETSTEPS Financial has the sole rights to offer the VETSTEPS program in your area. You will be monitored throughout your Apprenticeship in accordance with DOL guidelines. Any Protege or Field Representative Agreement you enter into with Guardian, and related association with FFG, can be maintained separately from your involvement in the VETSTEPS program. VETSTEPS Financial is not an affiliate or subsidiary of either Guardian or FFG. VETSTEPS Financial, Guardian and FFG are not affiliated with the DOL or the Veterans Administration.

Source: Zoli, Maury, & Fay, 2015 – Republished in The Military to Civilian Transition 2018, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs