Operation IMPACT Frequently Asked Questions

Operation IMPACT

We hope these FAQs cover your questions about Operation IMPACT. If you need more information, email us at : operationimpact@ngc.com.

What is Operation IMPACT all about?

Operation IMPACT (Injured Military Pursuing Career Transition) is a diversity program within Northrop Grumman focused upon assisting severely wounded service members as they transition from the military to a private-sector career.  In addition to providing support to the injured service member – if he or she is not able to work – we offer the same career support to the individual's immediate family who will act as the primary wage earner.

The program provides wounded service members with one-on-one personalized assistance in identifying potential job opportunities as well as marketing their skills to hiring managers and recruiters.

With the candidate's prior approval, his/her resume is circulated to the Network of Champions (NoC) for identification of possible job opportunities.

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Who is eligible for this program?

Personalized career transition support through Operation IMPACT is provided to the most severely wounded service members transitioning from military service to their next career opportunity. In order to receive career transition services through Operation IMPACT, candidate must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Suffer from wounds, injuries or illnesses that were incurred while deployed in military combat operations following the events of September 11, 2001;
  2. Are transitioning from active military service or are considered a newly separated veteran who has been discharged or released from active duty within 3 years or be continuously enrolled in a degree or certificate program up to 5 years after separation of service; and
  3. Receive, or expect to receive, a physical disability rating of 30% or greater in at least one of the specific categories listed below that substantially affects a major life function, or receive, or expect to receive, a combined rating equal to or greater than 50% for any other combat or combat-related condition:
  • Blindness/loss of vision
  • Deafness/hearing loss
  • Fatal/incurable disease
  • Loss of limb
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Severe burns
  • Spinal cord injury/paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Any other condition requiring extensive hospitalizations or multiple surgeries

Should a service member meet the eligibility criteria but be unable to work, support will be extended to a member of his/her immediate family who may be seeking employment. If support is provided to a family member and the service member becomes able to work, support will then be extended to him/her. Widows and widowers of service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice following the events of September 11, 2001 are eligible for support under Operation IMPACT.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria above, we encourage you to apply through our Careers website.

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What security clearances do you require?

Many positions within Northrop Grumman require employees to have access to classified information. Security clearance requirements are usually stated in the basic qualifications section of the position description. Only candidates with the required clearance will be considered. The Defense Security Service has guidelines and requirements for a Personnel Security Clearance.

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How does Northrop Grumman address making reasonable accommodations for the disabilities that the Operation IMPACT hires may have?

We have a team of nurse case managers who will contact the Operation IMPACT candidates upon acceptance of an offer of employment at Northrop Grumman to assess their needs. We have a strong partnership with the Department of Labor's Job Accommodations Network and the Department of Defense's Computers/Electronics Accommodations Program (CAPTEC). In collaboration with these organizations, we identify and obtain appropriate productivity tools for our employees with disabilities.

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Does everyone employed through Operation IMPACT have a disability?

Not necessarily. To qualify for support under Operation IMPACT, the service member must meet the eligibility requirements identified above. However, if the disabled service member can't work, an immediate family member who will be serving as the primary wage earner would be eligible for support under the program. That individual may or may not be disabled.

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Where do you recruit candidates for Operation IMPACT?

We have built a strong relationship over the years with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through our outreach efforts with Operation IMPACT. The program management team attends career fairs sponsored by the DoD and the VA that target wounded warriors, and also attend Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) events. We also receive referrals from the veterans hospitals, vocational and employment rehabilitation counselors, employees, and non-profit organizations.

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