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A Financial Apprenticeship to continue your life of service.

Veterans can apply for VA benefits while starting their career in Financial Service through a Department of Labor and Veteran's Administration-Approved Financial Advisor Apprentice Program

Financial Apprenticeships for Veterans

Financial Apprenticeships for Veterans

We recognize the great need for quality career options for our veterans as they transition to civilian life.

If you are a veteran, we also see in you a tremendous opportunity to recruit quality individuals with a value system that aligns so closely with our Protection-First philosophy. We can teach you the skills you need to build and grow your own business

While the Financial Advisor Apprentice Program is open to all qualified candidates, as a Military Veteran you can choose to use your VA benefits for as long as you are enrolled in the program. The VA will help support you and your family while you learn (provided you meet all program requirements).

Why a Career in Financial Services?

Why a Career in Financial Services?

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, such as:

  • Finding a Job: 55%
  • Addressing Financial Challenges: 40%
  • Applying Military-Learned Skills to Civilian Life: 39%

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.

About the Program

About the Program

  • A DOL and VA-Approved Apprenticeship
  • 24 Months Long
  • Competency-Based Apprenticeship – Open To All **
  • 13 Office Locations Throughout the West (CA, WA, OR, AZ)
  • Mentorship & Guidance Offered Throughout
  • Milestone-Driven Program
  • Designed to Build Lasting Careers from the Ground Up
Program Details

Program Details

Candidates graduate from the program fully-licensed Financial Advisors with a proven track record of joint work

Requirements: you must be Life & Health Licensed (if you do not have your license yet, we can help you get one prior to entering our Apprentice Program)

Approved by the Department of Labor and the Veteran’s Administration

A Career That Matters

A Career That Matters

Helping people live great financial lives is at the core of what we do at Pacific Advisors. This 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 team.

Are you interested in pursuing this one of a kind and extremely rewarding Apprentice Program?

Please click APPLY NOW and fill out a short form. Our Apprenticeship Supervisor will contact you.


We are a DoD SkillBridge and CSP-Approved Organization


DoD Skillbridge-Approved Financial Services Fellowships available through all VETSTEPS-affiliated Firms.  

Skillbridge is a great way to sample Financial Services as a career path.  Service Members (including CSP) continue to receive their military pay and benefits from the government while participating in our Skillbridge Fellowships.

To participate in SkillBridge, you must be approved by your military supervisor. You are also subject to a strict selection process. Our objective is for you to know by the end of the Fellowship that this is the career for you. From there, you will have the opportunity to be accepted directly into our Financial Advisor Apprenticeship with salary and benefits when you transition. 

Skillbridge is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are used with permission.


3-Month Fellowship in Financial Services

Where will you land?

Where will you land?

If you like the idea of helping people live a good financial life and you're not afraid to reach out and talk to them about it, then a career in Financial Services can be extremely rewarding. In our DoD SkillBridge and CSP-approved fellowship curriculum, you will learn the very basics of protecting and building wealth along with some skills on how to market yourself. You'll also get a chance to experience the culture of your host firm.

Our program is a 3-month fellowship. We screen and interview as if we were hiring you, so please allow approximately 3-6 weeks for the selection process prior to acceptance into our fellowship. Once you apply below, we will walk you through the process.  



*Source: Zoli, Maury, & Fay, 2015 – Republished in The Military to Civilian Transition 2018, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

**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 Park Avenue Securities providing investment advisory services. An individual cannot become a Financial Advisor or use that term with clients until meeting that criteria.

Pacific Advisors 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 Department of Labor (DOL) - approved job training program developed and solely sponsored by VETSTEPS Financial. Pacific Advisors is offering VETSTEPS in your area and will be providing you with a VETSTEPS Mentor to help guide you through the program. Your VETSTEPS Financial Apprenticeship Supervisor, in conjunction with your Pacific Advisors 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, VETSTEPS Financial 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 Pacific Advisors, can be maintained separately from your involvement in VETSTEPS. VETSTEPS Financial is not an affiliate or subsidiary of either Guardian or Pacific Advisors. VETSTEPS Financial Guardian and Pacific Advisors are not affiliated with the DOL or the Veterans Administration.