You're almost there. The last month on active duty can be the most hectic as you get your last physical, plan your transportation, and take care of 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's 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 retirement date draws near, your anxiety level may rise. You are likely worried about your relocation, finding a job, education, and healthcare decisions. Building your network of colleagues and friends can help you make wise choices. Get perspective and advice from your former colleagues who have already retired.
By now you should be preparing to submit your request to retire and begin the process of planning your career, location, and financial transition. Getting started now will ensure a smooth retirement and transition from servicemember to civilian. Be sure to attend a TAP workshop to get on the right path.
Serving your country for as long as you have has been both trying and rewarding. As you approach the countdown to retirement you have many choices and decisions to make. It may seem a bit early to start planning your 'out' strategy, but whether you intend to fully retire or start a new career, now is the time to start preparing in earnest.
Congratulations! You've made the transition to the civilian world. Make sure you're getting your retiree benefits, and get started on your new job or continue your job search if you're starting a second career, or keep up with retirement options and investments if you're enjoying a full retirement.