After 23 years of commanding ships in the U.S. Coast Guard, Herbert Eggert retired from the military in May and started a new career in August — at the helm of a high school classroom. The transition to his new job was seamless, thanks, in part, to Troops to Teachers, a Department of Defense initiative that helped Eggert obtain his teaching license through the Virginia Department of Education’s Career Switcher program. “That program enabled me to earn my teaching license in less than six months and transition almost directly from the military to the classroom,” Eggert said. When it was time for the job hunt, Troops to Teachers (TTT) offered Eggert résumé assistance and interview preparation. He now teaches history to 10th graders at Annandale High School in Virginia, the same school his children attend.
READ MORE on page 68 of USA Today | Special Edition | Year in Defense, article written by Amy Sinatra Ayres