The leading training program for transitioning veterans in the world

The ADVANCE training program was designed to equip and support active duty service men and women through one of the pivotal experiences of their lives. Created and delivered by veterans who have gone before them, this program provides career-planning skills with up-to-date strategies that work!

6-Month Program
ongoing training & support

for each participant

On Base Workshop
live & in-person

with the Advance team

The Best Transition Training
in the world

consistently scores 9.5/10

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By Afterburner in partnership with Honor2Lead

Two reputable companies in the training arena have teamed up to create the most sophisticated, most highly rated transition program available

  • 2.1 Million Business Professionals trained
  • 3,000+ Transitioning Veterans trained
  • 85% of Fortune 50 on Client List

Top Leadership & Veteran Training

Jim “Murph” Murphy sat at the controls of an F-15 fighter jet and realized that the cultural discipline and strategic alignment needed to execute flawlessly in the rapidly changing world of military aviation was unique and awe-inspiring.

Murph strove to translate these combat-proven processes into a simple, scalable, agile methodology that resulted in him starting Afterburner, Inc. in 1996. Today, his process - Flawless Execution - is shared with organizations around the world.

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  • Global Simulcast, On-demand professional development
  • Influencers from business, sports, academia, and military
  • World-renowned top experts like John C. Maxwell, Stephen Covey, and more

Award-winning Professional Development

Honor2Lead, founded by Jamie Minton of Luminary Events, was created to solve the leadership crisis in America by helping develop and build trustworthy leaders who set a fresh standard for what today's leader should aim to be.

To that end, Honor2Lead identified 8 Virtues that are shared by the five branches of the armed forces, and created a live global simulcast and ongoing training featuring lessons from top influencers.

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The Program

The Advance team has created a top-rated training program that is available now, on-demand, for your base.

  • Public pricing is $429 per person
    Workshop Seat +
    6 month Virtual Pass
  • free active duty military 6 month Virtual Pass, Through the Base TSM
  • free for U.S. Military Bases Live Workshop at your base

How can ADVANCE sustain itself if it's free?

6-Month Program

ongoing training & personal support

Each participant gets 6 months of individual access to the LeaderPass™ Virtual Training and the Advance team.

  • 6-month On-demand Training

  • Monthly Q&A Calls and Webinars live

  • Workbook, worksheets, & Resources

  • Career Planning Exercises & Personal Branding

  • Ongoing Connection to Employers & Our Team

Includes 24/7 access to the complete Advance on-demand training on the LeaderPass™ platform. This includes all available course materials & guidance tools, live follow up Q&A calls, and webinars. Each participant can learn these real-world, tactical skills around their existing schedule.

stays with you

On Base Workshop

with the Advance Team

To kick things off, our team comes to your base for a hands-on workshop.

  • We begin by coordinating with your TSM to choose the best workshop day available.
  • We'll host an amazing day of live, in-person training led by two of our Advance experts.
  • Our facilitators are available to provided one-on-one support and advice, throughout the Advance career exercises.
  • We'll bring a sponsoring organization and employer relationship with us to make direct introductions - that day!

helps you get started

The Best Transition Training

3,000+ vets trained
U.S., Germany, & Korea

State-of-the-art transition training and career accelerant created by veterans, for veterans.

Official Training Provider
for General Officers

On-Base Training Provider

Consistently rated

by thousands of veterans
since 2014

vs. other programs

  • Other transition programs only score 1.5/10 (Source/PDF)
  • Nearly 2/3 of veterans think the military falls short when helping them find a job and acclimate to civilian life (Source)

is the best training

By far the most insightful 8 hours I have ever had the pleasure of attending. Drive, fly or take a may be the single most important day you spend as you plan the next step in your career after the military.

— MAJ Joe K.

Platform & Program Instructors

The 6-month program is composed of comprehensive learning units, delivered by some of the most successful veteran entrepreneurs:

James D. Murphy

CEO & Founder, Afterburner • 500/5000 Hall of Fame • Former F-15 Instructor Pilot, USAF

Jen Wade

Executive Consultant • Founder & CEO flight school • Former F-16 Fighter Pilot, USAF • 5 aerial achievement medals

David Macewen

Executive Consultant • Business Owner • Venture Capital • Brigadier General (ret.) • 59th Adjutant General of the Army

Otis Hooper

Executive Consultant • Actor • American Ninja Warrior • Former C-40 VIP Pilot & KC-135R Pilot, USAF

Joe Connolly

COO, Afterburner • Private Equity & Venture Capital • Former Army Ranger, Army • Company Commander of a Nuclear Surety Unit

William M. Duke

Dir. of Learning & Development, Afterburner • Retired Commander USN, nuclear-powered Super Carrier

James D. Murphy

Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained fighter pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours.

After the Air Force, he founded Afterburner and has since landed on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500/5000 List four times. Murph has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg News. He was also named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led more than 2.1 million corporate leaders and business professionals from every industry through Afterburner's unprecedented Flawless Execution™ training and development programs.

Jen Wade

Jen "Steel" Wade graduated with her B.S. in Biochemistry from Washington State University and received her MBA from Colorado State University and is a graduate of Army Airborne training. She is a former F-16 fighter pilot and a current entrepreneur in the aviation industry.

Steel has over 1700 hours in the F-16 with 100 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting in 5 aerial achievement medals. Her military career was distinguished through serving as a Mission Commander and Forward Air Controller where she was responsible for coordinating timely and accurate air-to-air and air-to-ground kinetic strikes with multiple joint services and international allies. In addition, Steel was responsible for flawlessly executing the $11 million deployment of her 16-member, 12 jet squadron to Afghanistan, awarding her the Wing's Company Grade Officer of the Year award. Steel's military career cumulated with her selection into the F-16 instructor cadre where she spent the last 4 years of her active duty service teaching new students the tactics, techniques, and procedures of the F-16.

Steel is the founder and CEO of a flight school, an executive consultant with Afterburner, and a youth motivational speaker.

David Macewen

The MacEwen Group, LLC is led by General Mac MacEwen, U.S. Army Brigadier General (Retired), who as the Adjutant General of the Army led the Army's efforts on veteran transition, casualty operations, education programs and human resource programs. He is a retired General with over 33 years of experience and founded the MacEwen Group, LLC upon his retirement in 2015.

As the 59th Adjutant General of the Army, MacEwen was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the human resource programs of the Army and the support to its 1.1 million active and reserve soldiers and their families. This included the oversight of many of the Army's human resource programs, the Depart of Defense Postal Operations and the Army's implementation of the 2011 Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act.

During more than 33 years of service, MacEwen served and commanded units at every echelon from platoon leader to general officer level command and worked in key staff positions in both the Army and the joint force. He served tours of duty in Korea, Germany, Albania, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United States.

MacEwen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clarion University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, and the Naval War College. MacEwen also attended the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Development Program.

Otis Hooper

Otis “Hoop” Hooper is a former C-40 VIP Airlift pilot and KC-135 Tanker Instructor Pilot with over 18 years of distinguished military service. As an Air Force pilot, Hoop amassed over 3,500 hours of flight time in 5 different Air Force aircraft, with almost 1,000 of those hours logged during combat. Otis deployed 8 times to multiple combat zones in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM and flew over 150 combat missions, earning 5 Air Medals for his aerial achievements.

Hoop transitioned from the active duty Air Force to the D.C. Air National Guard where he was a Squadron Commander, a VIP Airlift Pilot, and the Director of Operations for the unit responsible for flying members of Congress, White House staff, and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign dignitaries around the globe.

“Hoop” joined the Afterburner team in 2017. You may have seen him in magazines, on television, or the movies as he has proven the Flawless Execution model works not only in business but on a personal level as well. He was named Men's Health magazine's Top 3 “Ultimate Guys”, is a professional athlete, and has appeared in 2 major movies. He's even competed on NBC's “American Ninja Warrior” and uses the Flawless Execution model to take on difficult physical challenges regularly.

Joe Connolly

Joe's leadership and industry experience is broad-based, having served as the CEO of a number of businesses. Joe is well versed in working with high growth, start-up, and turnaround operations and has worked with a number of private equity and venture capital firms. He is also involved in several non-profit organizations, to include Literacy at the Well, a program promoting literacy in South Sudan, where he serves on the board of directors.

Joe served as a Captain in the United States Army. During his service he was Ranger and Airborne qualified. In his final assignment, Joe served as a company commander of a nuclear surety unit based in Germany. Joe received numerous awards during his service, to include both the Leadership Award and Honor Graduate Award upon completion of his Officer Basic Course.

Joe earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Boston College where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and he also completed the executive program at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

William M. Duke

Will Duke is Afterburner's Director of Learning and Development. His duties include coordination of the development of intellectual property, training programs, and educational materials. He also serves as a consultant to process and continuous improvement management programs and leadership keynote speaker. With Co-author James “Murph” Murphy, he wrote the 2010 release “The Flawless Execution Field Manual.

Will graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, while earning his commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy from nearby Vanderbilt University NROTC. As a bridge officer and engineering officer on active duty, he logged over 1,800 hours piloting the world's most complex machine, a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered, Super Carrier. After leaving active duty in 1994, Will earned a second degree in education and taught for several years before serving 8 years as a Regional Operations Manager at Sears Product Repair Services.

Program Takeaways

10 takeaways of the ADVANCE program: what veterans will learn


The Career HDD

High Definition Destination A career HDD takes into consideration a lot more than just employer and job title. There are seven key areas that describe a career.


Changing Your Mindset

RespectVeterans are respected in the civilian world for their service and their skills. Respect opens the door but how your view yourself keeps you in the game.


The Success Equation

What to Seek This equation can not only help you do something you enjoy, employers value, and avoid traps that will leave you stuck or unhappy.


Skills & Abilities Inventory

Quantify Value Skills and experience inventory is designed to help you clearly quantify your value to an employer.


You Have a Brand

Branding Personal Branding skills and advice such as resume crafting, Linkedin, and interview coaching.


Interview Preparation

Communicating Like a ProExercises and instructions on knowing yourself and your potential employer so you nail the interview.


Elevator Speech

Your Value Proposition As a veteran, you bring experience in leadership, organization, communication, knowledge management, battlefield operations, and discipline. This LOCKED structure will help you think about how to articulate your value to a potential employer.


Know Your Threats

Avoiding Pitfalls You will learn how to avoid landmines that most veterans are oblivious to such as civilian language, compensation, and the importance of how you dress.


Resumes the Right Way

Rational Progression You will not only learn the right way to build your resume, but you will learn how to customize it for each potential employer and how to leverage networking tactics to put your resume to work.


Must Have Resources

Comprehensive List We provide you with the best job posting sites and other essential online resources such as LinkedIn tactics, top book lists and other resources that grow or change throughout the year.

This training should be mandatory for all military personnel. It helps demonstrate how the military is relevant in civilian live, not by just saying it is.

—Jerry R., SGM

Why free?

How can ADVANCE offer the best military transition training available on the planet, at no cost to the attendees?

Advance is 100% free for all active duty servicemen and women represented by the 5 branches of the military. This is made possible through the generous help of supporters and sponsors who don't just believe veterans are an asset to their companies, but who know that they possess skills and abilities that in many ways are unmatched by civilians.

Each sponsoring company has a desire to hire qualified military-trained veterans. They believe that the Advance tranisition program helps provide a foundation that distinguishes them from the masses.

Our veteran sponsors are not tied to any specific industry. Instead, they are established across common & specialty industries.

Base Sponsors

Base sponsors are companies interested in supporting transitioning veterans by sponsoring the in-person, facilitator-led workshop for a specific base location. They can send a hiring representative from their organization to connect directly with the base veterans during the workshop.

Virtual Pass Sponsors

Virtual pass sponsors help reach the thousands of men and women at a particular base who cannot physically attend the workshop day due to schedule conflicts. This gives 6 months of access to every transitioning veteran at that base, providing each individual with Advance team guidance, advice, on-demand training, assessments, and interview prep.

Collaborative Partners Include:

We respect your privacy. Advance will never share any personal data about any participant with a sponsor, unless the participant requests to make the connection. Read our privacy policy

TSM: Bring ADVANCE to your base

Transition Service Managers:

Act now & make ADVANCE available for your transitioning servicemen and women.

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