TPU FAQs

TPU

Q: What are the normal working hours at TPU?
A: Working hours are 0715-1500.

Q: What division will I be in?
A: Transitional (T) department is for personnel retiring or honorably separating for the purpose of EAOS, Fleet Reserve, Early Outs, Hardship, or Parenthood, and for those awaiting further transfer to their next command.
Legal (L) division is for personnel separating from the Navy under an administrative separation.

Q: What if I have a firearm?
A: All firearms must be checked into Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor armory prior to checking into TPU.  Declare firearms at the main gate and you will be escorted to the Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor armory and issued a receipt.

Q: What is the TPU visitor policy?
A: Visitors are permitted Monday-Friday 1600-2200 and Saturday-Sunday 0700-2200. Visitors are allowed in the command conference room only. Visitors are not permitted in any room and will not loiter on the quarterdeck.
 
TRANSITIONAL DEPARTMENT

Q: How long will my processing take?
A: Separation processing time starts upon checking into TPU and varies depending on each member's circumstances. Due to current heavy throughput, please contact TPU Puget Sound at (360) 396-1893 to get more information on current processing times. We will get you on your way as expeditiously as possible. If you have PCS orders to a deployed unit, your length of stay at TPU will be dependent on next available fly-out date or return of your unit to homeport.

Q: What uniforms will I wear?
A: The uniform of the day is Navy working uniform (NWU/SU) at TPU. You shall bring all your uniforms with you.

Q: Is my separation leave and PTDY valid if approved by my previous command?
A: No. Separation leave and PTDY requests need to be re-submitted at TPU since TPU is your separation command.

Q: What are mustering times and what am I expected to do while at TPU?
A: Muster times vary depending on the department you are assigned. Please visit the “Transient Sailor” page for details.

Q: Are electronic cigarette devices allowed at TPU Puget Sound?                                                                                    A: In accordance with TPUNOTE 5100 the possession of electronic cigarette or "vaping" devices are not authorized for use within the TPU Puget Sound building, grounds, or designated smoking areas.

 
LEGAL/ADSEP DEPARTMENT

Q: How long will I be attached to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU)?
A: Separation processing time starts upon checking into TPU and varies depending on each member's circumstances. Due to current heavy throughput, contact TPU Puget Sound at (360) 396-1893 to get more information on current processing times.

Q: If I am on restriction when I detached from my last command, will I be placed on restriction while at TPU?
A: No. Restriction time will only resume if a request is made by your previous Commanding Officer and approved by Commanding Officer, TPU.

Q: Will I have to work while attached to TPU even if I am getting “processed out” of the Navy?
A: Yes. You will be work assigned either at TPU or to a tenant command on base. The workday is from the 0715 muster until 1500 Monday through Friday.
 
COMMAND CAREER COUNSELOR

Q: Due to HYT, I submitted a fleet reserve request and was approved to retire, but was notified of advancement. Can I cancel my fleet reserve request?
A: Yes, only if the fleet reserve request was submitted due to HYT constraints.

Q: Would I be entitled to Involuntary Separation Pay (ISP) even if my Rating is overmanned and I don't get an In-Rate reenlistment approval?
A: Per Military Personnel Manual (MPM) article 1920-040, the restrictions leading to No Separation Pay are grouped on the basis of whether the separation is due to normal Navy personnel force management, Navy quality force management, or member's career management decisions.  For the purposes of Career Waypoint (C-WAY), a Sailor must have applied and been subsequently disapproved for all available Active Duty application cycles in order to be eligible for ISP consideration.  This includes application for conversion opportunities for which the member may be qualified.  Any service member who declines training to qualify for a new skill or rating as a precondition to reenlistment or continuation on active duty, will not be eligible for ISP.  Review the MPM and consult with your command's Personnel Office for further information on ISP. ISP must be completed and approved prior to detaching your last command.
 
BUILDING MANAGER

Q: Is Wi-Fi available at TPU?
A: Yes! Wi-Fi is available with purchase plans.

Q: Is there any A/C in the rooms?
A: No. Due to Washington State weather conditions we do not have a requirement for A/C. During the summer season, upon request, you will receive two electric fans to help combat the high temperatures.

Q: Will my room be inspected?
A: Yes. Daily. Rooms are expected to be inspection-ready at all times.

Q: Are laundry facilities provided?
A: Yes. Each floor has a laundry room, but laundry supplies are your responsibly.  There is a NEX and commissary within walking distance.

Q: How many people are in each room?
A: E-1 through E-6 is 3-4 per room. E-7 and above is 1-2 per room.

Q: What linens will be provided in my room?
A: Each bed is equipped with a bedroll (to include pillow, sheets, pillow case, and blanket). Towels will not be provided to you.
 
TRANSIENT PERSONNEL DETACHMENT - WHIDBEY ISLAND (UIC 43492)

Q: Where is the TPD WHIDBEY ISLAND located?
A: We are located inside NAS Whidbey Island PSD Office beside SATO travel.

Q: How do I check in after working hours?
A: NAS Whidbey Island Quarterdeck is located in building 385 (also called the White House.) It is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will stamp your orders and direct you to central billeting to get a barracks room if you need one. Report into TPD Whidbey Island on the next regular work day at 0730. NAS Whidbey Island Quarterdeck phone number is (360) 257-2631.

Q: How do I get to my squadron if they’re deployed?
A: We will work with PSD to arrange a port call for you. PSD will provide you with tickets and an itinerary.

Q: Will I have to muster every day?
A: Yes. We need to maintain accountability.  In case of an emergency or a sudden change in port call, we need to be able to let you know what is happening.

Q: Can I fly to my home of record for the weekend?
A: If you plan on leaving the state of Washington, you must let us know in advance. You will be required to submit a leave chit.

Q: Can I take leave while at TPD Whidbey Island?
A: Yes, depending on circumstances. You must have days available per your LES (no one can go into a negative leave balance while attached to TPU, unless it's emergency leave.) If you are awaiting port call (I.E., you are waiting to fly out to meet your squadron), a leave chit must be recommended by your squadron's beach detachment authority or the air wing.
 
TRANSIENT PERSONNEL DETACHMENT – EVERETT (UIC 39974)

Q: Where is the TPD EVERETT located?
A: We are on Naval Station Everett, Building 2000, Room 104.

Q: How do I check in after working hours?
A: NAVSTA Everett Quarterdeck is located in building 2000. It is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their phone number is:  (425) 304-3366.  They will stamp your orders and direct you to central billeting to get a barracks room if you need one. Report into TPD Everett on the next regular work day at 0700.

Q: How do I get to my ship?
A: We will work with PSD to arrange a port call for you. PSD will provide you with tickets and an itinerary.

Q: Will I have to muster every day?
A: Yes. We need to maintain accountability.  In case of an emergency or a sudden change in port call, we need to be able to let you know what is happening.

Q: Can I fly to my home of record for the weekend?
A: If you plan on leaving the state of Washington, you must let us know in advance. You will be required to submit a leave chit.

Q: Can I take leave while at TPU Everett?
A: Yes, depending on circumstances. You must have days available per your LES (no one can go into a negative leave balance while attached to TPU, unless it's emergency leave.)

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Q: What should I bring to TPU?
A: If you intend to utilize lodging at TPU Puget sound, along with basic requirements of a seabag and required documents, ensure to bring your own towel, toiletries, and a lock. These items will not be provided.

Q: What are other lodging options? 
A: Other lodging options on base include the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites and the Navy Evergreen Lodge.  These lodging arrangements must be made by the service member. It is highly recommended that arrangements be made in advance to ensure vacancy.  These lodging expenses are paid by the service member and will not be reimbursed. 

Q: What if I’m traveling with dependents? Can they stay at TPU?
A: Dependents cannot stay in the rooms at TPU Puget Sound.  Lodging arrangements for dependents must be made by the service member and in advance to ensure a reservation.  Other lodging options on base include the NGIS and Navy Lodge.

Q: Can my pet stay at TPU?
A: Unless a certified service animal with proper documentation, pets are not allowed to stay at TPU. The Navy Lodge on base has special pet-friendly rooms for service members travelling with a pet. Other accommodations for your pet may be found out in town. One such kennel can be contacted at 360-697-3647.

Q: Can I wear my flight suit?
A: No.  Uniform of the day is NWUs.  Khakis and NSUs may also be worn.

Q: How do I make travel arrangements from TPU to SEATAC?
A: It is recommended to utilize the Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter for traveling from TPU to SEA-TAC.  A best practice is to make the reservation via phone to schedule pick up at TPU Puget Sound.  Online reservations specify pick up at Evergreen Lodge, but do not have the option for pick up directly from TPU.
 
Q: What are my options for getting around the Silverdale area?
A: Most Sailors utilize taxis to travel off/on base.  Other options include the Kitsap Transit bus. Shuttle #34 picks up at Bangor Shelter 2510, located within walking distance of TPU, and drops off at the Silverdale Transfer Center.  You can transfer to another bus at the Silverdale Transfer Center to reach your desired destination.  Visit the Kitsap Transit website (www.kitsap transit.com) for bus routes, times, fare, and other information.

Q: What if I want to complete my separation processing out of a different TPU closer to my home of record?
A: See MPM 1910-812 for guidance.  Place of separation requests must be made via naval message in advance and approved by the TPU. Once reported and gained by a TPU, you cannot be transferred to a different TPU.

Q: Can I complete my separation processing at my overseas duty station since I intend to retire in the same location?
A: See MPM 1910-812 for guidance.

Q: Can I make copies of my medical/dental record at TPU?
A: No. The on-base liberty center offers copy services for minimal cost. It is recommended to make all copies prior to your arrival at TPU. Furthermore, you may obtain a CD-copy of your record prior to transferring to TPU by making a request with the medical facility at your command.

Q: What is there to do near TPU?
A: Visit the PNW website (www.navylifepnw.com) for information on current activities in and around the base. We also have a recreation center (Pacific Edge Outfitters) on base that has a wealth of information for current activities. Additionally, we have kiosk within the building with more activities and tours that are offered in and around the Silverdale/Seattle areas. 

 

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