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Transition GPS for Service Members

Transition GPS for Service Members

Transition GPS for Service Members ~ Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Transition GPS?

Transition Goals, Plans, Success (GPS) is the Navy’s transition program – redesigned to ensure you and your family are better prepared for your transition from military to civilian life. Transition GPS is made up of four parts – Pre-Separation Counseling, 5 - Day Workshop, Career Tracks, and Capstone; all of which will provide you with information about post-military benefits, certification & training resources, financial planning and job search techniques.

Do I have to attend Transition GPS?

Yes – if you are on active duty for more than 180 continuous days, then you are required to participate in the mandatory portions of Transition GPS (Pre-Separation Counseling, 5 - Day Workshop and Capstone). Because Transition GPS is official duty, you are not required to take leave to attend.

The three Career Track workshops:

  1. Accessing Higher Education
  2. Career Technical Training
  3. Entrepreneurship


The three career track workshops are important supplements to the mandatory parts of Transition GPS and can help you meet Career Readiness Standards prior to your retirement or separation

As part of the 5 - Day Workshop, the Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) covers many important subjects (including resume-writing) and all eligible service members are encouraged to attend. However, attendance at the DOLEW is not mandatory if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Retiring with 20 or more years of active federal service
  • Served your first 180 continuous days or more on active duty AND have documented post-transition employment
  • Served your first 180 continuous days or more of active duty AND have documented acceptance into a technical training, undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Have specialized skills needed to support unit deploying in 60 or fewer days (the first commander in your chain-of-command with UCMJ authority must attest to your need for an exemption on your DD Form 2648)
  • Wounded, ill, or injured (WII) and recovering and transitioning from active duty AND enrolled in the Education and Employment Initiative (E2I), or a similar transition program designed to secure employment, further education or technical training post-separation.


When and where is Transition GPS?

The Transition GPS Schedules webpage list when CONUS and OCONUS installations offer the 5 - Day Workshop, Career Tracks and Capstone.

I am planning to retire or separate. What do I need to do first?

You should schedule a Pre-separation Counseling appointment 18-24 months prior to your retirement, 12 - 18 months prior to your separation, or – at the very latest – with not less than 90 days remaining on active duty.

Whether it is due to an unanticipated separation or prioritized operational requirements, if you have less than 90 days left before your retirement or separation and you have not completed Transition GPS, you must do so as soon as possible within your remaining period of service. For more information, watch the Pre-separation Counseling video.

What happens at Pre-Separation Counseling?

Prior to meeting with Command Career Counselor (CCC) or Command Transition Officer (CTO) you will initiate the DD Form 2648.

During the appointment, your CCC or Command Transition Officer CTO will use the Pre-separation Counseling Script to help you identify your post-military objectives and resources – both personal and professional. You will also receive your Individual Transition Plan (ITP) and, with the transition counselor’s help, begin filling out Section I. Together with the DD Form 2648 and the ITP; this will act as an interactive road map to guide you through the transition process. The CCC will also sign you up to attend the next part of Transition GPS: the 5 - Day Workshop at a Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), as well as remind you to bring the following pre-requisite work to the workshop:


You can get a copy of your credit report free at
www.annualcreditreport.com or ask FFSC staff for assistance in accessing your FICO report.

If you do not already have a household budget or spending plan in place, it is a good idea to start working on one prior to your 5 - Day Workshop. Please contact your Command Financial Specialist (CFS) in your unit or the Personal Financial Manager at your local FFSC.

What are the Career Readiness Standards (CRS)?

CRS are the Department of Defense's tangible measures of a service member's preparedness for a civilian career. They are a set of common and specific standards and associated products, based on service member determined goals, which must be achieved to demonstrate the service member is prepared to pursue post-separation goals. CRS capitalize upon the skills and experience service members gained during military service and align to employment or technical training and education competency areas. They ensure that service members depart Active Duty prepared with the appropriate skills and knowledge to posture a successful transition.

To meet Career Readiness Standards (CRS) all transitioning Service members must:

  • Complete Pre-Separation Counseling
  • Complete the Veteran Affairs (VA) Briefings I and II
  • Complete the Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Workshop (Exemptions may apply see above)
  • Register on eBenefits
  • Prepare a criterion-base Financial Plan for military to civilian transition
  • Complete the DoD standardized Individual Transition Plan (ITP)Evaluate transferability of military skills to the civilian workforce (MOC Crosswalk) and complete the DoD standardized Gap Analysis
  • Document requirements and eligibility for licensure, certification and apprenticeship regarding career selection
  • Complete an assessment tool to identify personal interests and learnings regarding career selection
  • Complete a job application package or present a job offer letter
  • Receive a Department of Labor Gold Card and understand that post-9/11 Veterans have priority for six months post-separation at American Job Centers
  • Complete Continuum of Military Service Opportunity Counseling (only for Active Component Service members separating with less than 20 years active federal service)


What is the Individual Transition Plan (ITP)?

Throughout the transition process, you will continuously update your Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to reflect your personal circumstances, needs and transition goals, as well as the deliverables needed for you to meet Career Readiness Standards. During Pre-Separation Counseling, you will receive a blank ITP, but if you need another copy, this document is available to download from Resources for service members.

What should I bring to the 5 - Day Workshop?

In order to get the full benefit of the 5 - Day Workshop, you should bring the following documentation:


It will be especially helpful for you to have the information found on your recent credit report during the Financial Planning sessions on Day-1. This document is for your use only and will not be collected or shared with others during or after the 5 - Day Workshop. It is a good idea to
register ahead of time for the GoWiFiLive account you will use throughout the workshop.

You will also want to bring your Common Access Card (CAC) and, if possible, your own wireless-capable laptop and power cord.

How will the first day of the Transition GPS Workshop help me?

On day one, you will receive an overview of Transition GPS, discuss the transition-related stress and conflict that you and your family might face, as well as ways to manage them. You will complete the Gap Analysis Activity using your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) and other military transcripts, identify civilian career opportunities you are interested in pursuing, and research potential job markets.

At the end of the day, the Navy facilitators will go over the many components of financial readiness in order to help you gain a better understanding of your post-transition personal financial planning.

As a result, you will be better positioned to meet the following Career Readiness Standards (CRS):

  • Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Block 1, Sections I – III
  • Twelve (12) month post-separation spending plan
  • Continuum of Military Service Opportunity Counseling
  • DOD standardized Gap Analysis


How will the Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) help me?

During days 2 - 4 of the 5 - Day Workshop, the Department of Labor facilitators will help you prepare for the civilian job market. With their assistance, you will practice interviewing and learn new ways to connect and build a network. You will also have a full day to spend incorporating your military skills, experiences and trainings into language appropriate for a civilian resume. 

Additionally, you will receive information about the American Job Centers and advice about navigating the federal hiring system as veterans.

Attending the DOLEW prepares you to meet the following Career Readiness Standards:

  • Complete Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Block 1, Sections II and Block 2, Section IV
  • Complete a job application package
  • Document eligibility for or requirements you must meet in order to obtain licensure, certification and apprenticeship
  • Receive a Department of Labor American Job Center Gold Card


How will the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Briefings help me?

Facilitators from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will work with you to ensure your understanding of the benefits you may be eligible to receive as a veteran, including health care, disability compensation and tuition assistance. During the VA briefings, you will also learn how to navigate the eBenefits online portal and the site’s Employment Center.

How can Transition GPS help me start a business?

If you are interested in owning and operating a business, then you should attend the Entrepreneurship workshops offered at Fleet and Family Support Centers worldwide.

During the Entrepreneurship Career Track course (facilitated by the Small Business Administration), you will receive an overview of business fundamentals and insights into the realities of small business-ownership. With the facilitator’s help, you will also research the entrepreneurship realities in the industry of your choice and begin developing a detailed business plan.

Spouses of eligible service members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

After completing the two-day Entrepreneurship Track course, you can enroll in an eight-week, instructor-led online program offered by the SBA and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Track, check out the podcast, Transition GPS Schedules, and the SBA’s Boots to Business page or contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center.

How can Transition GPS help me get a college degree?

If you are interested in continuing your education, you should attend the Accessing Higher Education (AHE) workshop offered at Fleet and Family Support Centers.

The AHE facilitator will help you compare academic institutions to find the undergraduate or graduate degree program that best fits your personal requirements and professional criteria. You will also learn about tuition assistance options, including the GI Bill, which will help you avoid graduating with a great deal of debt. The two-day workshop also includes information about finding other scholarship opportunities and avoiding financial aid frauds. The AHE workshop will prepare you for success outside the classroom by providing you with networking tips and information about connecting with veterans’ support groups and communities at the campus of your choice. Since choosing and paying for a school are decisions involving the whole family, spouses of eligible transitioning service members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The AHE track helps you to meet the following AHE-specific Career Readiness Standards:

  • Complete a comparison of academic-institution choices
  • Complete a Career Interest Assessment Tool (O*NET Interest Profiler or Kuder Journey)
  • Complete a college or university application package or present an acceptance letter
  • Confirm one-on-one counseling with a higher education institution advisor or counselor


For more information about the AHE workshop, check out the
podcast and Transition GPS Schedules or contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center.

How can Transition GPS help me learn a trade or get a job in a technical field?

If you are interested in a career in a trade or technical field, you should attend the Career Technical Training (CTT) track workshops offered at Fleet and Family Support Centers.

During the two-day workshop, the Department of Labor (DOL) facilitators will help you learn about market demand, expected salaries and projected job growth within your chosen field. You will also research accredited educational institutions in order to compare their admission standards, graduation requirements, and programs’ acceptance of credits earned during your military service, as well as available tuition assistance options.

The CTT track helps you meet the following CTT-specific Career Readiness Standards:

  • Complete a comparison of training institution choices
  • Complete a Career Interest Assessment Tool (O*NET Interest Profiler or Kuder Journey)
  • Complete a career technical training institution application package or present an acceptance letter
  • Confirm one-on-one counseling with a career technical training institution advisor or counselor


Spouses of eligible service members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information about the CTT workshop, check out the podcast and Transition GPS Schedules or contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center.

What should I bring to the Career Track workshops?

In order to get the full benefit of the 5 - Day Workshop, you should bring the following documentation:


You will also want to bring your Common Access Card (CAC) and, if possible, your own wireless-capable laptop and power cord.

What is Capstone?

Capstone is the final part of Transition GPS and happens not later than 90 days prior to your expected date of separation and after you have completed Pre-separation Counseling and attended the 5 - Day Workshop and any Career Track offerings. During Capstone, an FFSC Transition Counselor, CCC and/or CTO will review all CRS requirements then your commanding officer (or designee) will check your Individual Transition Plan (ITP), sign Section VII of the DD Form 2648 to verify that you have met Career Readiness Standards and have a viable transition plan.

Do I have to attend Capstone?

Yes – Capstone is a mandatory part of Transition GPS for all retiring or separating service members.

What documents should I bring to Capstone?

  • Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
  • Prepared 12 - month post-separation spending plan
  • Department of Labor American Jobs Center Gold Card
  • Completed Gap Analysis Activity
  • Completed job application package or job offer letter
  • Career Interest Assessment form (O*NET Interest Profiler or Kuder Journey)
  • VA eBenefits Registration


What happens if I do not meet Career Readiness Standards?

If your commanding officer (or designee) believes you have not met Career Readiness Standards (CRS) and/or you require additional assistance to successfully transition to the civilian sector, they will arrange for a “warm handover” connecting you with an appropriate DoD partner agency that can provide continued benefits, services and support.

As part of the “warm handover,” you will receive the name and contact information for the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Labor personnel who can provide you with assistance at your final post-transition destination.

When and where is Capstone?

Capstone is available at both CONUS and OCONUS installations. To find out when the next Capstone is scheduled, check out the Transition GPS Schedules.

What if I am assigned to an isolated location or currently deployed?

If you are stationed in an isolated or geographically-separated location (greater than 50 miles from any military installation offering Transition GPS classes), you can use your Common Access Card (CAC) to access the virtual curriculum on the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) portal or use the CD-version of the curriculum.

If you are currently deployed, you can start the transition process by meeting with a Command Career Counselor or Command Transition Officer. The virtual curriculum should only be used when your separation date is within 60 days or there is no non-virtual Transition GPS curriculum available upon your return to homeport.

Remember that even if you are stationed more than 50 miles from a military installation offering Transition GPS or currently deployed, you still need to start the transition process by scheduling a Pre-separation Counseling appointment 18 - 24 months prior to your retirement, 12-18 months prior to separations, and with not less than 90 days remaining on active duty.

Can my spouse attend Transition GPS?

If space is available, spouses of eligible transitioning service members are welcome and encouraged to attend the 5 - Day Workshop and Career Track offerings. Spouses should bring their military ID cards.

How can I access my VMET?

You can access your VMET directly from the DMDC site:

  1. Login with either CAC and PIN or DS Login username and password
  2. Click on “VMET” on the menu
  3. Click on “Access VMET Documents” on the submenu
  4. Select “VMET document (DD-2586)” or “Cover Letter” and click “Submit” button. The document will open in a PDF format for downloading and/or printing.


My question was not answered. Where can I find more information?

For more information, check out Transition GPS Resources for Service members or contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center.

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