APPLICATION & SELECTION
How do I apply?
Please click this link to apply directly on honor.org/apply.
Due to potential complications from DoD firewalls, it is recommended you complete the
application on a personal computer and use a non-.gov or non-.mil email address.
Who do you accept into the Program?
We accept U.S. Special Operators and high performing, highly recommended, Enablers who
currently or recently have served within a Special Operations Command.
When should I apply?
The ideal time to attend THF is between 12-18 months from your estimated separation
date. This will allow time for you to complete the coursework, grow and nurture your
network, and utilize all THF resources to their fullest capacity.
Application deadlines vary by campus, please email the Program Coordinator (below) for
I'm closer than 12 months EOS, can I still apply?
Yes! We understand that OPTEMPO and personal obligations may interfere with your ability
to attend in the ideal timeframe, and the staff will be as accommodating as possible. If you
are less than 100 days from your separation, your transition plan will be more “aggressive”
and tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
I'm already out, can I still apply?
Yes, as long as you were an Operator. At this time, Combat Support and Combat Service
Support are not eligible after their separation from the military.
Where are your campuses located?
We currently have three physical campuses:
San Diego – THF Headquarters, 11055 Roselle St., Suite 120
Virginia Beach – Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus
Camp Lejeune – Cape Fear Community College, North Campus
Can I participate virtually if I am not local to SD, VB or CL?
Yes! The THF Virtual classroom is available to potential fellows who are not local to one of
our physical campuses to attend a full THF cohort virtually.
Extenuating circumstances (such as deployment) may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis,
at the discretion of campus directors.
What other steps are involved in the application?
After submitting an application online, you will receive an email directly from the Program
Coordinator for your campus. This email will detail the next steps:
- Submit a basic resume. It does not have to be perfect, as part of the curriculum is
developing your resume. THF does not offer or require a specific resume template. You
can email your resume directly to the Program Coordinator.
- Submit two Letters of Recommendation; one from a superior, one from a peer at
your current or most recent command. There is no standard template for an LOR. LORs
can be emailed directly to the Program Coordinator.
- Complete an admissions interview. Steps for this process vary by campus. The
Program Coordinators will provide guidance.
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.
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 Operations veterans.
How do I know if my application was submitted?
Upon submitting your application, you should be directed to a page thanking you for your
application. You should also receive an automatically generated confirmation at the e-mail
address you provided. Finally, the Program Coordinator will reach out to you directly within
1-2 business days with next steps. If you do not receive a confirmation email, and/or you do
not receive a response from the coordinator, please reach out to them directly (contact info
How do I contact the Program Coordinator for my campus?
Mindy Hill | firstname.lastname@example.org | Virginia Beach &
Marla Carver | email@example.com | San Diego
Dave Pouleris | firstname.lastname@example.org | Camp Lejeune
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
What is the program?
THF is a 3-month, executive education program that provides tools and experiences to help
transition from the SOF community to the next mission in life.
When do classes take place?
Course schedules vary by campus, please contact the Program Coordinator (below) for
upcoming class dates.
SD / VB / CL:
Our physical campuses run two cohorts a year; Spring (Jan/Feb – Apr/May) and Fall
(Aug/Sep – Nov/Dec).
Class nights at our physical campuses typically operate on a Tuesday / Thursday
evening schedule, with some variances.
Virtual cohorts run concurrent to the physical campuses’ Spring//Fall cohorts, with
the addition of a Summer cohort. Class nights in Virtual typically operate on a
Monday / Wednesday schedule, with some variances.
Classes in Virtual are LIVE and take place typically from 6 – 9 PM Eastern Time Zone.
However, if there is a large influx of students, additional offerings could include a 6
9 PM Pacific Time Zone to meet the demand.
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.
THF is funded by generous donors and THF Alumni who believe in creating opportunities for
SOF to have successful and fulfilling post-military careers
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:
Mindy Hill | email@example.com | Virginia Beach &
Marla Carver | firstname.lastname@example.org | San Diego
Dave Pouleris | email@example.com | Camp Lejeune
If I travel how do I participate?
All of our classes are available to Fellows via Zoom (video/web conference). 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.
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?
Successful transition requires time. The amount of homework varies depending on the class
and the sense of urgency for the Fellow. On average, our Fellows will spend several hours
per week (5 to 8 hours) outside of the classroom journaling, reading articles, 1:1 meetings,
making revisions to resumes, etc. However, those with an aggressive timeline that have
transitioned successfully in the past have spent 5 to 8 hours daily! For many, finding a job
becomes the job.
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 three months, 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
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, including an understanding of your
strengths and priorities to help you find the right post-military career and job fit. You will
also learn how to prepare, search, apply, interview and gain employment. And you will gain
access to an amazingly diverse network filled with companies and people who want to help
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
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 January, May (Virtual) and August, to which you can defer your
What if I don’t have the availability to attend a class when the cohort begins?
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
Can my wife/spouse attend class? Kids?
We do allow spouses to attend most 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.
FACULTY & COACHES
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 you 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 encourage you to leverage all THF resources, especially the Coach network. You
may find that other coaches have the contacts and backgrounds that aligns with your end
How do I connect with previous Fellows?
We have a strong network of Alumni who frequently attend classes and events to stay
engaged with new THF Fellows. Once accepted into the program, you will gain access to a
closed LinkedIn group and Slack Workplace where Alumni are able 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 always encouraged to attend.
Do you have something to offer entrepreneurs?
We have an extensive network of highly accomplished Entrepreneurs to help mentor you in
the launch of your business.
Each campus conducts an Entrepreneur-focused night as part of the curriculum – ranging
from business pitches to panel discussions.
How successful have you been about finding/placing Fellows with jobs?
95% of THF Fellows are fulfilled with careers, higher education or entrepreneurship
endeavors within 90 days of leaving active duty service. THF does not find or place you in a
Our graduates find their roles through the eco-system and through our world-class
training program that is The Honor Foundation.
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 of The Honor Foundation.
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
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, Toyota,
J.P. Morgan and many more.
How are you different from the DoD’s transition programs?
THF is a comprehensive transition program that spans three phases over three months.
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
Who can I speak to about the program?
You can reach out to our three THF team members below to learn more about the programs:
Melinda Hill, Virginia Beach / THFv (virtual): firstname.lastname@example.org
Marla Carver, San Diego: email@example.com
Lindsay Cashin, Camp Lejeune: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have to be a Navy SEAL or Special Operator to attend your program?
No, we do accept Combat Support and Combat Service Support who are attached to a SOF
How can I get involved?
There are numerous ways to become involved with The Honor Foundation
Time: Experience the THF Program for yourself and become a THF Coach or Mentor!
Contact Janie Livesay at email@example.com for ways to share
your time with us!
Talent: Introduce us to talented folks in your network and become an advocate of our
Contact Tori Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Treasure: THF is a non-profit organization, we count on the generous contributions of our
donors to fuel our Mission. Become a member of our Donor Tribe: honor.org/donate.
Contact Kelly McGraw at email@example.com for more details.
How can I make a donation?
Please visit honor.org/donate or visit the www.honor.org homepage and click the red
donate tab on the right hand side of the screen.
Are there opportunities to volunteer?
We do have occasional events and opportunities throughout the year: graduation,
networking events etc., where we appreciate the help of volunteers. If you are interested in
volunteering at THF, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for
Can I sit in on a class?
There are some classes that we allow visitors to sit in on, and others that are closed door. In
order to find out which classes are open please email email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org (SD/THFv), or email@example.com (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 honor.org, and click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab to add your
information. Some of our events include: Graduation, Entrepreneurship Night, and Local