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Transition Preparation

Your transition into the civilian world may create many uncertainties. Learning what to expect from your transition allows you to plan and prepare for a successful reintegration into civilian life.

Learning what resources are available is one of the best ways you can prepare for your transition and can help reduce your stress during this exciting time. Check out the following civilian resources that may parallel your current military ones.

EDUCATION AND CAREER

Understanding the benefits your family will either keep or need to replace upon separation from the military will be one of your primary concerns. Your best transition preparation may include the following resources.

For a no-cost learning tool, visit GCFlearnfree.org, where you can access tutorials on various computer software programs, internet basics, career planning skills, computers, digital lifestyle and much more.

Read through the Sell Your Strengths, Wow Employers! article on MySECO for tips on translating your work experience into terms that will catch a civilian employer's attention.

Use these resources for additional education and career information:

FINANCIAL

One of the best ways to deal with a major life-changing transition is to plan ahead. To begin your plan, you and your service member can discuss these financial aspects of transition.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense Military Compensation page has a Regular Military Compensation Calculator that will help you determine what your current military pay and benefits equal, in terms of a civilian salary, so you will know what level of salary will allow your family to maintain its current lifestyle.

Knowing what to expect in terms of your retirement pay amount will help you plan how to use that income. You can receive an estimate by using the Estimate Your Retirement Pay tool on the Defense Finance and Accounting Service site.

Sites like Healthcare.gov and the TRICARE Retired Service Members and Families page can provide you with information on post-military health care.

SOCIAL AND LIFESTYLE

If you are moving as part of your transition process, make sure to get involved in your new community or at least begin the research into what opportunities are available in the area where you plan to live. Community involvement may help you quickly grow roots in your new civilian life, helping to make your transition easier.

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program offers several handouts, charts and to-do lists for reacclimating to civilian life. The Resource Comparison Chart helps you to understand the comparable community resources available to you.

Military organizations like National Military Family Association, United Services Organizations, Inc. and others can keep you actively connected to your military family.

For a thorough overview of what to expect throughout the transition process, visit the Military OneSource Separation & Transition page, where you will find transition assistance articles, eTraining modules, job search websites and more, covering a wide range of topics.

You will now have access to MySECO articles, assessments, career and education guidance and individual consultations with career coaches for 365 days, post-separation from the military. For additional help in preparing for your transition, call a career coach at 800-342-9647.

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