There's a reason your military career started with basic training. VETSTEPS starts with the basics and by the time you have successfully completed the program, you will be a fully-licensed Financial Advisor with income from your own established practice that you have developed with the help of your mentor.
You hear a lot of talk about "veteran friendly" these days. And that's a good thing. We commend all employers who are making a conscious effort to help American veterans find jobs. We take it very seriously. VETSTEPS was specifically developed to incorporate the training, the tools and, most critically, the time needed to ensure a successful transition to civilian life as a Financial Advisor. VETSTEPS is open to anyone, but we developed the program based on Department of Labor and Veterans Administration requirement so that you could use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits while you learn.
Your earned VA benefits are not required for tuition or any fees related to training. As an Apprentice, your VETSTEPS earnings should cover the costs of all Industry associated required fees related to building your financial advisor business (i.e. technology, licenses, subscriptions, etc.). We train you for your gain. Your VA benefit check is sent directly to you for you to use as you see fit. This is our commitment to you as a United States Military Veteran.
In a November 2015 study, more than 8,500 Veterans, active duty Service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military dependents identified their most significant transition challenges. Among them is addressing financial challenges.
By choosing a career in Financial Services, you will be able to help others face those challenges while creating a great financial life for yourself and your family.
A DOL and VA-Approved Apprenticeship
A 24-Month, Competency-Based Apprenticeship – Open To All *
YOU CHOSE A LIFE OF SERVICE
As a Veteran, you chose a life of service. When you become part of the Guardian family, you join a 158-year old tradition of helping others.
Helping people live great financial lives is at the core of what we do at First Financial Group. Our Financial Advisor Apprenticeship can help you transition to civilian life in a career that closely aligns with your values. Our philosophy of building wealth starts with protection first -- we are proud to be an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. We hope to make you part of our Family.
Please click APPLY NOW and fill out a short form. Our Apprenticeship Supervisor will contact you.
CEOUSAF Special Detail Air Force One
MBA, Certified Apprenticeship SupervisorCAPT, USN (ret)
*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.
L3 Advisory, LLC, doing business as VETSTEPS Financial, an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (“Guardian” or the “Company”), has the sole rights to offer the VETSTEPS program in your area in conjunction with First Financial Group (FFG). FFG will be providing you with a VETSTEPS Mentor to help guide you through the program. The Sponsor’s Apprenticeship Supervisor, in conjunction with your FFG VETSTEPS Mentor, will supervise, monitor, and report on your development as an apprentice and your achievement of DOL-required milestones in the program to enable to you to receive your VA benefits to the extent you qualify for such benefits. Ultimately, the Sponsor will have sole discretion on whether you continue in and eventually complete VETSTEPS. Any Apprentice 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. PatriotPaths, LLC, L3 Advisory, LLC, 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