SOURCE: Rallypoint

RallyPoint

March 28, 2013 08:00 ET

U.S. Service Members Make RallyPoint Fastest-Growing Online Professional Network for Active Military

NEW "Career Corner" Feature Lets Users Compare the Best Military Assignments With the Best Civilian Opportunities

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Mar 28, 2013) - RallyPoint, an online professional network that empowers military members to take greater control over their own careers, has surged past 10,000 members in recent weeks, becoming the fastest-growing online professional network for U.S. Service Members at duty locations around the globe.

Members are currently serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, represent all ranks, and the average member using social networks is inviting 36 of his military friends to join. The site's increasing popularity is due to its unique focus on the inside of the military, streamlining the military's highly complex structure, credentials, command relationships, and language.

In fact, RallyPoint has visually mapped the entire organizational structure of the Department of Defense (DoD) down to the lowest unit levels. The platform's technology then layers on top of that a user's existing graph of relationships into the deepest reaches of the DoD. This is the most comprehensive, fully integrated task org of the DoD in existence.

Further, in response to the needs of its fast-growing user base, RallyPoint today also unveiled a new "Career Corner" feature that gives service members a simple, streamlined way to compare their best potential military assignments with their best civilian opportunities -- all in private. Military friendly employers such as GE, HP, AT&T, Amazon, Accenture, and several others are participating in RallyPoint's breakthrough pilot program, which puts the military member in the driver's seat and presents him or her with the best career opportunities available -- both inside and outside the military. This employment feature complements RallyPoint's first-of-its-kind military assignment search engine allowing members to see when and where specific types of military assignments will be available in the future, based on rank, unit, specialization, location, and shared relationships. This lets military members seeking next their assignment within the military connect with leaders and their peers in their units of choice, and leverage their relationships to pursue the assignments they want. 

"Providing transparency into career opportunities is highly desired by members of the military," says RallyPoint CEO Yinon Weiss. "By providing every service member his best options possible, RallyPoint helps drive career fulfillment and helps the military retain its best people by offering them the military assignments that are best aligned with their skills and interests. It also helps transitioning military members and reservists to identify the best private sector opportunities earlier than has ever been possible."

RallyPoint was created by Iraq War veterans who both saw and experienced the need for a military-focused networking platform, one that addresses the specific challenges facing service members during their military careers.

"Relationships can mean everything in the military. They enable valuable mentorship, professional development, and very often lead to opportunities that best serve both the military and the service member," says Weiss. "RallyPoint is exciting for our members because they can visually understand where their relationships can take them across the military. This can result in more autonomy and more transparency, which is extremely important to our service members."

RallyPoint is free for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and pre-commission personnel. With just a few clicks, military personnel can sign up and begin discovering where their relationships across the DoD can take them. Service members may visit www.RallyPoint.com to get started.

About RallyPoint
Founded by two Iraq War veterans who met first at a combat outpost northwest of Baghdad and reunited at Harvard Business School, RallyPoint connects US service members and helps them grow their influence and relationships across the military. RallyPoint is a free, military-only professional network for current members of the US military. Headquartered in the Harvard Innovation Lab in Boston, RallyPoint was selected from over 1200 new ventures as the 2012 winner of MassChallenge, the world's largest start-up competition, and placed runner-up in the 2012 Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition. Service members can register and take charge of their own military careers at www.rallypoint.com.