The last month in the military can be the most hectic, as you get your last physical, plan your transportation, finish up your check-out sheet, and more. Be sure you have everything in order now; it is the last-minute issues that can cause the biggest headaches.
You have hit the home stretch. It is time to make sure your health records, check-out sheet, and other paperwork are in order. It is also a good time to start the application process for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Now is the time to reach out to your former employer or start your job search. Remember that there are laws, such as USERRA, which can help you step back into your job where you left off. If you are not returning to a former job, this would be a good time to start attending career fairs and transition workshops.
As your separation date draws near, your anxiety level may rise. You are likely worried about returning to the civilian workforce or going back to school. You are also facing healthcare decisions. Reaching back out to your network of civilian colleagues and friends can help make your transition process less painful.
It's time to start planning for your transition: use military resources such as pre-separation counselors and TAP workshops, and put together a transition plan. Be sure you get all the information you need on military benefits you qualify for.
Many members of the Guard and Reserve face a transition from active service back into their drilling units, while others face separation from the military. Either way, your separation is in many ways different from the process active duty servicemembers face, and has its own unique challenges.
Welcome back to the civilian world! Make sure you're getting the military benefits you've earned, and make the most of your employment and education opportunities.