Whether your service member is retiring, going back to school or looking for a new career, a successful transition requires planning and resources for the whole family. Transition assistance programs offer information, tools and training to ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for civilian life. Like your service member, you’ll benefit from developing a plan that will help you successfully navigate this transition.
Visit the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program website to find resources for transitioning service members, including links to mandatory forms and tools that can help service members plan for post-transition challenges. You’ll also find information on Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success), transition training from the Department of Defense designed to let service members choose the modules that best suit their needs. After the initial core curriculum, service members can choose between the education module, the technical training module or the entrepreneurship module.
The service branches deliver the Transition GPS curriculum at installations and, for service members unable to take the classroom training, through the GPS Virtual Curriculum. These service-specific transition programs can provide more information on Transition GPS and transition assistance for both you and your service member.
Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program – The Army provides transitioning soldiers with detailed job assistance training, counseling and resources they need to quickly find a job—often before they leave active duty. Services are provided in person on major Army installations and virtually at the Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program website. In addition to counseling services and sessions, the SFL-TAP may schedule special events to enrich its services, including hiring fairs and visits from local employers. The SFL-TAP Center may hold short classes for those who want to learn more about specific job search topics, such as resume writing or interviewing. Some installations allow spouses to accompany their service members to these classes.
Marine Corps Transition Readiness – Installation Transition Readiness staff members provide services and resources at each major installation. Services include workshops, counseling, assessments and seminars. Transition services are available to all Marines and their family members who are within 12 months of separation or within 24 months of retirement.
Navy Transition GPS – Transition assistance services provide separating and retiring service members and their families with the skills, tools and self-confidence necessary to re-enter the civilian work force successfully. The goal of the Navy Transition GPS is to provide professional career development resources throughout the career lifecycle.
Air Force Personnel Center – Transition Assistance Program – Learn more about out-processing from the Air Force, including information on employment workshops and Veterans Affairs benefit briefings. Some installations allow spouses to accompany their service members to these classes. The first step in the transition process is to complete the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling.
Find more resources to strengthen your military spouse experience through the Military Spouse Transition Program, or MySTeP. This program is designed by military spouses for military spouses and is available 24/7 online. MySTeP is supported with personalized guidance from Military OneSource.
Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to speak with a SECO career coach or start a Live Chat on MySECO for additional guidance. You can also visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and search for programs and services that are available at your location.