Step 1. Schedule Your Pre-Separation Counseling Appointment
Your first step in the separation process is to go to your installation's Transition Assistance Office. Each service has its own way of doing things; this is also true with the Transition Assistance Offices. In most cases, you will find the Transition Assistance Office located inside your installation's Family Center.
Listed below is the name of each service’s Transition Assistance Program:
You may schedule your Pre-Separation counseling appointment at your installation Transition Assistance Office any time within a year before your planned separation date. However, since it takes time to prepare for an effective transition, be sure to contact your Transition Assistance Office at least 180 days before your separation. By law Pre-Separation counseling (completion of DD Form 2648, "Pre-Separation Counseling Checklist") must occur no later than 90 days prior to separation; therefore, if you have not had an appointment 90 days before separation, call the Transition Assistance Office or your Navy Command Career Counselor and schedule a visit immediately. However, it is strongly recommended that you set up your Pre-Separation counseling appointment at least 180 days prior to separation.
Step 2. Review the Pre-Separation Counseling Checklist
Your Transition Counselor or Command Career Counselor will walk you through the Pre-Separation Counseling Checklist, which helps ensure that you will receive the necessary assistance and advice to benefit fully from the wide range of services and entitlements available to you. The checklist is required by law to be filed in the official military personnel record of each Service member receiving the counseling.
At this meeting, the Transition Assistance Office or Command Career Counselor will:
Step 3. Draft Your Individual Transition Plan
Information on developing your “My Decision Points” individual transition plan (ITP) is available through the Transition Assistance Office and on-line at http://www. TurboTAP. org. You may choose to use your Transition Counseling Checklist as a guide for developing your own unique ITP. Once you have created your ITP, review it with your spouse or another adult family member and get their feedback. It is recommended that you consult with a VA counselor and a DOL Career One Stop staff member to review our ITP. They will provide you further assistance or refer you to a subject matter expert to assist you. Full participation in this process by you and your spouse or family member is encouraged.
Each transition has three key decision points which must be considered when creating your ITP. As you proceed through the transition process it is important to consider the following major decision points:
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