You're almost there. The last month on active duty can be the most hectic, as you get your last physical and plan your transportation, housing inspections, check-out sheets, and more. Be sure you have everything in order now -- it is the last-minute issues that can cause the biggest headaches.
At the three-month mark you are hitting the home stretch. It is time to make sure you have your health records, relocation plans, housing check-out works sheet, and other paperwork in order. It is also a good time to start the application process for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
With six or less months left to go, it is high time to start sending out resumes and looking for opportunities. Career fairs and transition workshops become more and more important the closer you get to your discharge date. Be sure to take advantage of terminal leave and other benefits before it's too late.
As your separation date draws nearer, your anxiety may rise. You are likely worried about your relocation, work, education, and healthcare decisions. Building your network of colleagues and friends can help you make wise choices.
It may seem a bit early to start planning your 'out' strategy, but there are several things you must get started on as soon as possible. For example, by now you should know whether you plan to head to school, start a small business, or jump right into your next career.
It's never too early to start thinking about your transition plan, whether you're a senior officer with 30 years or junior enlisted with less than four. Early transition (career and financial) planning can help ensure a smooth transition from servicemember to civilian.
Congratulations! You've made the transition to the civilian world. Keep up with your job search and networking if you're still looking for employment, and make sure you're getting your veteran benefits.