When should I apply?

12 - 18 months out from your end of service.

How do I apply?

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I'm already out, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you were an operator.  Enablers are no longer eligible.

I'm closer than 12 months EOS, can I still apply?

Yes.  If you are less than 100 days from your transition, we can support you.   However, your transition plan will be more “aggressive” and tailored to your needs and lifestyle.

Who do you accept into the Program?

We accept Navy SEALS, MARSOC Raiders, Army SF, Air Force Pararescue and high performing, highly recommended, enablers who have served within a Special Operations Command for 10 + or more years. Our cohorts are typically 85% Special Operators.

If I already have an MBA or higher degree is this still for me?

Yes, 100%. Regardless of your education levels, THF focuses on your unique transition circumstances. We’re experts in this field and offer the most comprehensive transition program in the country for Special Operators.

Can I participate if I am not in SD, VB or NC?

Yes! We are about to the start the second pilot of our virtual program. This will allow you to attend class if you are not geographically stationed near a campus, or are on deployment.

How is the class selected?

After your application, resume and LORs are submitted, you will be contacted to set up your admissions interview. This interview will be held on campus, and will be held by three members of the coaching staff. We want to see where you are in terms of separating from the military, outside obligations, and what your goals are for the future.

What is required on my end to notify my command if accepted for the course?

There is no official requirement to notify your command. However, notifying them will make it easier to attend class on time.  Typical class days will begin at 4:30pm with dinner served. Classes start at 5:30pm with the occasional early class or workshop to attend.

Do you have a resume template?

THF does not have a resume template. We offer an entire class on resume writing where you will learn the different styles of resumes, and can create a resume that is best suited for your needs.

My boss is out of town for a month, can I get the next senior for an LOR?

Yes, we accept LORs from the XO, CO, and CMC.

How do I know if my application is complete?

Your application is complete once you have submitted your 2 LORs and resume. Once those have been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and a request to set up your admissions interview.

Can my LORs be emailed directly to THF?

Yes, please email LORs to (Virginia Beach), (San Diego and THFv) or (Camp Lejeune).


When do you have courses?

We run on a semester schedule with classes starting in late August, and in February.

How big is the class size?

Our classes range in size from 25-40 people.

Is there a tuition?

There is no tuition at THF.

What is the program?

THF is a 15 week, executive education program that provides tools and experiences to help transition from the SOF community to the next mission in life.

What's the schedule? Attendance policy?

Each semester is fourteen weeks, with classes on Tuesday and Thursday (some weeks subject to change). Classes run from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, we provide dinner at every class with dinner starting at 4:30pm.

Our most successful Fellows are those who fully invest and make their transition experience a priority.   THF’s in-class experience is a total of 120 hours. Fellows are required to attend 90% of scheduled content in order to graduate.  If unable to maintain 90% during their program, Fellows are encouraged to make-up the remaining classes in order to receive their THF certificate and be considered a THF Alumni.

Is there a sample syllabus?

A sample syllabus can be obtained by emailing:

Melinda Hill, Virginia Beach:

Leah Roy, San Diego:

Kara Greco, Camp Lejeune:

If I travel how do I participate?

All of our classes are available to Fellows via Zoom (teleconference). Additionally, all classes are recorded and posted onto our learning management system for Fellows to watch a later time.  Program Coordinators and Directors will work closely with Fellows to plan for such occasions.

Is it possible to participate through distance learning?

We are about to start out 2nd virtual pilot making it possible for Fellows to participate no matter where they live geographically.

Can I go through the program while on Deployment?

It is possible to attend while on deployment, as long as you can teleconference into classes, and adhere to the attendance policy.

How much homework is there?

The amount of homework varies depending on the class. On average, Fellows have three articles, and two handouts per week to complete.  Classes such as LinkedIn or Resume writing will require more time depending on the need of the Fellow. Coffee meetings and networking all require time as well.   Understand that successful transition requires time.

What do I wear to class?

Dress code for class is business casual or business.

What is my time expectation for in class/out of class work?

For fourteen weeks, you will be in class 7 hours a week: 5:30pm - 9:00pm twice a week.

Outside of class you can expect to put in anywhere from 2-6 hours a week. The more time to you put into transitioning the more successful it will be.

What can I expect to get out of this program?

You can expect to gain a stronger sense of self, how to prepare to search, apply, interview and gain employment. You will also gain access to an amazingly diverse network filled with companies and people who want to help you succeed.

Does this program get me a job?

Only YOU can get yourself a job.

What do I get if I attend?

There are so many things! First, you have the peace of mind to know that by attending the top transition institute in the country, you have set yourself up for success in your transition. You also have access to our amazing network of Alumni, CEOs, executives, and companies.

Can I enter late to a course?

You will not be accepted to a course unless you can start with the rest of the cohort. We offer a new cohort every August and February, to which you can defer your acceptance.

What if I don’t have the availability to attend a class?

Please see the attendance policy, we will work with you to make sure that you are successful in our program, however, all of the requirements need to be met in order to graduate.    THF programs are for those who can commit the time requirements. It is not for everyone.

Can my wife/spouse attend class? Kids?

We do allow spouses to attend certain classes.  A list of which classes will be provided at the beginning of the cohort. We do not allow children to attend classes; we do provide childcare for some events so that spouses can attend.


How are faculty chosen?

The THF ecosystem is vast and stretches across business and academia.   Experience matters...but so does the understanding of the SOF community.  At THF, we are constantly seeking newer and engaging methods to facilitate the desired outcome of THF Programs. We value fierce empathy and our faculty must mirror our values.

What is a coach, a mentor? Why do I need one?

Our Coaches work with you 1-on-1 to help guide your on your transition journey. They are your sounding board and compass to keep you on track to achieve your goals.

Our Mentors serve as a guide throughout your professional training once you decide what industry you wish to explore.

How do I get mentors and coaches assigned?

Coaches are assigned to you by THF staff members based off of your admissions interviews, fields of interests, and answers to your applications questions.

Our Mentor tribe is available through a program, where you can look through their education, professional experience, area of expertise, and choose one that would best fit your need in your next career. Upon being accepted into THF, this process is explained in more detail on how to choose your Mentor.

Can I talk to the other coaches?

Yes! We have what we call ‘Poach a Coach’, where you can set up meetings with other coaches. You might find that other coaches have the contacts and background that aligns with your end goal, and that’s fine. Please utilize all of the resource that THF provides, especially coaches, faculty and mentors.


How do I connect with previous Fellows?

We have a strong network of Alumni who frequently attend classes and events to stay engage with new THF Fellows. Once accepted into the program, you will gain access to a closed LinkedIn group, were Alumni come to share ideas, opportunities, and stay in touch with the THF community.

What types of Networking opportunities are there?

THF hosts one networking event per cohort. In addition to that we are invited to many networking opportunities to which Fellows and Alumni are alway encourage to attend.

Do you have something to offer entrepreneurs?

San Diego’s campus holds an Entrepreneurship-focused night during every cohort, where you as a Fellow and Entrepreneur, pitch your current idea or company to an audience of highly respected, and successful entrepreneurs. After that, we open the evening up to Q and A’s regarding your presentation. In addition, we have a strong Mentorship program, where we will help match you with an entrepreneur Mentor.

How successful have you been about finding/placing Fellows with jobs?

92% of THF Fellows are fulfilled with careers or education within 23 days of leaving active duty service.


When was The Honor Foundation started?

The Honor Foundation was certified as a 501-c3 non-profit organization on June 27, 2014.

Who started The Honor Foundation?

Joe Musselman is the Founder and CEO of The Honor Foundation.

Is Joe a SEAL?


Why does THF accept money from NSF, and serve non-NSW?

NSF is the founding partner of THF and sees the value in continuing to grow this organization. Currently, the majority of THF Fellows are part of the NSW community whether operator or enabler.

How many companies do you work with?

We currently have strong working relationships with over 300 companies.

What kind of companies do you work with?

We work with companies from almost every industry; some of the companies that we work with include: Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, Amazon, Facebook, Ball Corp., Yeti, Alexandria, Miller-Coors, Toyota, and many more.

How are you different from the DoD’s transition programs?

THF is a comprehensive transition program that spans three phases over 14 weeks. What sets us apart is the first phase where the focus is on YOU! What are your passions, what are your goals, what makes you happy, etc. From there it is easier to navigate through transition with purpose and direction. The additional phases and classes touch upon resumes, LinkedIn, doing mock interviews, networking events, financial planning, and understanding how the civilian sector operates and why you are a great asset to companies in it.

Who can I speak to about the program?

You can reach out to our three program coordinators to learn more about the programs:

Melinda Hill, Virginia Beach:

Marla Carver, San Diego: marla@honor.or

Lindsay Cashin, Camp Lejeune:

Do you have to be a Navy SEAL or Special Operator to attend your program?

No, we do accept enablers who are attached to a SOF command.


How can I get involved?

There are numerous ways to become involved with The Honor Foundation




How can I make a donation?

Please go to and click the red donate tab on the right hand side of the screen.

Are there opportunities to volunteer?

We do have occasional events throughout the year, graduation, networking events etc., where we appreciate the help of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at THF, please email

Can I sit in on a class?

There are some classes that we allow visitor to sit in on, and others that are closed door. In order to find out which classes are open please email (VB), (SD), or (NC).

Do you have any events I can attend?

We frequently have events that we send invitations out through our mailing list. If you are interested in joining please go to, and click on the ‘Join Us’ tab to add your information. Some of our events include: Graduation, Entrepreneurship Night, and Local Networking Events.

What is your speaker series?

The NEXT Speaker Series is a regional event highlighting our Alumni who have gone through transition, and our Employment Partners who have hired our Fellows.