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Transition Readiness Program- Camp Pendleton
The Transition Readiness Program (TRP) ensures that Marines are prepared for their transition from military to civilian life and provides Marines and their families with the tools and resources needed to pursue the Department of Defense directed Career Readiness Standards.
Transition 365 is Here! Are you ready for Change? TRS is currently a week-long program required by Title 10 for all Active Duty and Reserve Marines who have served a minimum of 180 consecutive days on Active Duty. Currently, Marines are encouraged to begin TRS within 12-14 months of their EAS or within 24 months of their retirement, but no later than 180 days from EAS or Retirement (per MCO 1700.31).
USMC Transition Process Changes as of October 1, 2019, the process will include: The updated transition process will be more tailored to post-separation goals, and Marines will be required to start the process earlier to develop a smoother transition to civilian life.
Initial Counseling requirement – No later than 365 days from EAS Updated required training during TRS – No later than 180 days from EAS
Workshops / Classes
Beginning 1 October 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will require completion of an Initial Counseling and the Pre-Separation Counseling brief PRIOR to attending TRS. Retirees may attend these components up to 24 months prior to EAS but must do so no later than 12 months from EAS. Separates may complete the components up to 18 months prior to EAS but must do so no later than 12 months from EAS.
Attendees will discuss their transitional goals, receive relevant resource referral, and review options for supplemental workshops and training. Initial counseling must be completed prior to the Pre-Separation Counseling Brief. You must register for Initial Counseling via EventBrite.
Per MCO 1700.31 & MARADMIN 632/19, the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) is the mandatory training course for separating Service Members. Separates may attend as early as 18 months prior to EAS but must do so no later than 180 days from EAS. Retirees may attend as early as 24 months from EAS but must do so no later than 180 days from EAS. Pre-Retirement TRS is provided during the first two full weeks of each month.
Attendees explore topics such as employment, VA benefits, financial planning, transition resources, etc., and receive one-on-one guidance from a Personal and Professional Development Advisor. Completion of Initial Counseling and Pre-Separation Counseling is required prior to attendance of TRS. All Service Members must register via their Unit Transition Coordinator (UTC).
Beginning 6 January 2020, two-day tracks will be embedded in the week of TRS. Service Members will select their track during Initial Counseling. The four-track options will be Employment, Education, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship. Students attending the Employment, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship tracks will be provided hard-copy materials in class. Education track attendees will utilize the following digital workbook: My Education Participant Guide
Due to COVID-19, the following details reflect our current TRS processes:
- TRS will be conducted Tuesday through Friday until further notice.
- Pre-Retirement TRS will be provided in-person, once a month, until further notice. All other tracks will be conducted virtually via Adobe Connect.
- The VA Benefits and Services class will need to be completed online prior to TRS registration. Your UTC will provide instructions for this course.
After completion of TRS, the next step in your transition timeline is the mandatory Capstone Review. During this one-on-one meeting with a TRS advisor, you will review your Career Readiness Standards, update your 2648 eForm, and discuss additional training opportunities and resources. You must register for a Capstone Review via EventBrite.You are required to bring the following items to your appointment:
- Self-Assessment / Individual Transition Plan
- Gap Analysis Worksheet
- Draft Resume or Proof of Employment (Only required for Employment Track participants)
- Comparison of Educational Institutions (Only required for Education Track participants)
- Budget Worksheet
- Proof of eBenefits registration
- O’Net Interest Profiler Career Assessment results
- The email address of the CO (or Designee) who will conduct your Commander’s Verification
Due to COVID-19, the following details reflect our current Capstone processes:
- All Capstone Review appointments will be conducted via phone call. A TRS Advisor will contact you on the date and time you selected when registered.
- Please do not travel to any TRP facilities for your appointment.
- You must have all documents listed above ready to submit electronically via email prior to your appointment.
Pre-work must be completed prior to your Initial Counseling. Instructions can be found here: Initial Counseling and Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) Checklist
Optional seminars are provided for Active Duty Service Members and their Spouses.P&PD California Veteran Resources sponsored by California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP)
FOR TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS STAYING IN CALIFORNIA. Free 1-day seminar, geared toward those who have an interest/intention in residing in California after separating. The focus of this seminar is to connect service members and their families with California specific resources to ensure success in civilian life. Topics include veteran benefits, education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Taught by subject matter experts who are ready to answer questions. REGISTER HERE
P&PD Military Federal Benefits sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
FOR ALL TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS. A free half-day seminar offering a deeper dive into your military federal benefits. Home loans, GI Bill, disability, and health care will be covered. There will also be time for answering your personalized questions. Taught by subject matter experts from the VA. REGISTER HERE
P&PD Business Transition Seminar (BTS) sponsored by Marine Executive Association West (MEA-West)
FOR ALL TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS. Free 4-day seminar, taught by a variety of senior business executives, provides knowledge, tools, and practical application to thrive in the business world. Learn business organization, culture, expectations, trends, insights, and more. Gain an appreciation for how your unique military skills translate into civilian business roles and get a competitive edge to succeed. Useful transitioning information is also covered. REGISTER HERE
P&PD Officers under Twenty (OUT) sponsored by MCCS FOR SEPARATING OFFICERS.
Free 4-hour seminar for Officers leaving active duty with less than 20 years of service. Learn how to market both leadership and management skills obtained on active duty to maximize opportunities in the civilian world. Recruiters and HR representatives share their expertise. REGISTER HERE
P&PD Executive Transition Assistance Seminar (ETAS) sponsored by Marine Executive Association West (MEA-West)
FOR RETIRING MILITARY. Free 3-day seminar tailored for retiring service members entering the corporate world. Topics include resume writing, networking, interviewing, and business attire. Highlights include practice interviewing with civilian executives and panel discussions. The program is scheduled around a large hiring event to add value. This fundamental information is critical in preparing for the transition process. REGISTER HERE
(In-person service not available at this time) Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7am-3:30pm
* SkillBridge support and application submission by email and telephone only
The SkillBridge Program offers a variety of courses to transitioning Service Members within their 180 days of active duty service. All courses train in high-need industries and offer a high probability of securing employment as each course provides job interviews, placements, or certifications. It is best to begin the application process early. To learn more about the SkillBridge Program courses, eligibility, and application procedures, please attend one of our SkillBridge briefs to get all your questions answered. The SkillBridge brief will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
You may join the virtual brief through the following site: https://meeting.marinenet.usmc.mil/MCBCampPenSkillBridge/ There is no need to pre-register. When you click on the link you will need to enter your name and the password: SkillBridge (case sensitive, no spaces). Please log in at least 15 minutes prior to familiarize yourself with the virtual platform.
WARTAC is a 10-week course that offers free training toward becoming a Veteran Service Representative with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In-person service is not available at this time. Please utilize the POC emails listed below. VA Medical Record Screening Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm www.va.gov Available Services: • On-site assistance is not available at this time • One-on-one appointments can be conducted by phone • Email [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected] for appointments or assistance
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm www.dav.org
Available Services: • On-site assistance is not available at this time • One-on-one appointments can be conducted by phone • Call (760) 725-9482 or email [email protected] for appointments or assistance
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm www.vfw.org Available Services: • On-site assistance is not available at this time • One-on-one appointments can be conducted by phone • Call (619) 455-5179 or email [email protected] for appointments or assistance
VA Benefits Advisors Available at Transition Readiness Facilities for one-on-one appointments regarding accessing and understanding your VA benefits, utilizing eBenefits. Make an appointment by calling: (760) 725-4360, or walk-ins welcome at Building 1101 or 1339.
Medical Records Screening: Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:30 am-2:30 pm Walk-in services are available at building 13150 (2nd Floor) for medical records to be screened by a representative from the DAV, VFW, or VA in preparation for you to file a VA disability claim with the VA.
File your VA Claim: Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:30 am-2:30 pm Walk into VA Offices in Building 13150: (760) 385-0416
Benefits delivered at Discharge (BDD) program filing window is 90-180 days prior to a known separation date. The Servicemember will also have to be available for 45 days from the date of their claim submission to attend any VA examinations. You must have a firm fixed date of separation to have your records reviewed. If you are pending administrative separation, you must have your 5 or 10-day letter.
Provide the VA with a complete copy of your Service Treatment Record. They will keep this copy. You must have a complete copy of your AHLTA notes from your medical department printed out or emailed to a VA employee via AMERDAC Provide a copy of your complete Mental Health records, if applicable. If you are married, complete VA Form 21-686C (requires Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Date of Marriage, City and State of Marriage) If have any previous marriages, marital information required If you have dependent children, complete VA Form 21-686C (names, Social Security numbers, Dates of births, city, and state of births) If you have children between 18-23, unmarried and going to school, complete VA Form 21-674 for each child Direct Deposit information (Name of a financial institution, routing number, account number) TCRG- VA Chapter 36 assessments and career counseling
Free Personalized Educational and Career Counseling
- Individual counseling to help you decide on your employment goals
- Educational and career counseling to identify a college or vocational program
- Benefits Coaching – guidance on VA benefits and how to effectively use resources
- Career Choice – understand best career options for you based on Aptitude/Interests/ Values Assessments
To apply: Log into: www.ebenefits.va.gov Select “Apply.” Select “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits.” Apply for “Educational and Career Counseling.” Be sure to use a local address. *You can also stop by VA Offices in Building 13150, Second Floor to request an application (8832 form) OR Room #217