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FAQs

What does NRSW TPU do?

 NRSW TPU processes over 4,000 transient Sailors annually. We are responsible for the efficient and timely processing of transient Sailors who fall into many categories: Sailors PCSing from a deployed or underway San Diego Fleet Unit or from OCONUS commands and Sailors pending retirement or separation.  In addition to processing Sailors, TPU manages and operates a transient barrack, 24 hours a day. 

What services does TPU offer?

 TPU offers a variety of services for afloat and OCONUS commands. In General, a transient Sailor has a variety of resources available. These include, but are not limited to: indoctrination, messing/billeting, accountability, administrative features, career counseling, DAPA, training, work assignments/watches, TGPS classes, and physicals. 

I am supposed to report to my ship, and it is underway/deployed. Where am I supposed to go?

 Sailors with PCS orders to commands homeported in the San Diego area that are deployed or underway should report to Brunton Hall (Building 3142) at Naval Base, San Diego, CA. Ensure that you have the original copy of your orders. Save all travel receipts, as you will fill out a travel claim when you get to your ultimate destination. 

How do I contact a service member who is attached to TPU?

 Letters and packages may be sent to the following address:

        SVM Name, Rate/Rank

        Navy Region Southwest Transient Personnel Unit

        Transient Personnel Unit

        2475 McKean St

        San Diego, CA 92136 

 Individuals wishing to contact transient sailors may call the following numbers to leave a message: Transient Personnel: (619) 556-3182. 

I am reporting to TPU to be separated from Active Duty in 3 weeks. What should I do with my uniforms?

 Bring them with you to TPU. All personnel on Active Duty are required to have a full seabag at all times. Do not dispose of your uniforms prior to reporting to TPU! You are still in the Navy up to, and including, the actual date of your separation. While staying at TPU, you will still be required to muster and work a full workday. Those individuals reporting without uniforms will be required to purchase new uniforms for use during their assignment to TPU. 

How do I get mail while staying at TPU?

 Mail is received on a daily basis. A list of personnel who have received mail is posted daily at the Brunton Hall. 

Will I get COMRATS/BAH while I'm attached to TPU?

 If you are entitled to receive COMRATS/BAH, you will most likely be entitled at TPU as well.Just as you are required to restart these entitlements when you are gained to a new command, you will be required to restart them once you are gained at TPU.  BAH is not automatically approved. Members must meet all requirements to receive it.  Single sailors not currently receiving BAH will, most likely, not be entitled to BAH while assigned to TPU.  For those who are separating/retiring at TPU San Diego under an approved separation request (TPU San Diego is not their authorized place of separation), they will be entitled to and receive the BAH/entitlements associated with their authorized place of separation.  A Sailor coming from Norfolk and elected to retire out of TPU San Diego will receive Norfolk BAH and is not entitled to San Diego BAH. 

What is DL?

 DL is the acronym for Discipline Department Legal Hold Division. All personnel pending disciplinary action or under investigation are placed in this division. 

Will TPU pay for my taxi ride from the airport?

 No. However, you are entitled to claim taxi fare on your PCS travel claim. Once you get to your permanent duty station, you can file a claim for reimbursement. Check with the USO for more information. 

Where is TPU located?

 TPU is located in Brunton Hall Building 3142 on the "dry side" of Naval Base San Diego. The east wing of Brunton Hall houses the executive suite, legal offices, the CMC, and the CCC. The west wing houses the Disciplinary Department and barracks. The building is located directly opposite of the Naval Base Galley. 

What will I be doing during my stay at TPU?

 You will be assigned to one of 38 workcenters throughout NRSW based on your paygrade and physical limitations. Some of the larger workcenters are with TPU itself and Naval Base. You will be assigned a working assignment according to Command priorities. 

Can Commissioned Officers check into TPU?

Yes.  Officers check into the north end of Building 3142, first deck with the Officer Processing Office.  However, officers are typically not berthed at TPU.  They must contact the NGIS, Navy Lodge or make their own lodging reservations off base. 

What duties do Officers perform while at TPU?

 Officers can perform any number of duties.  Most commonly, they may be asked to serve on administrative boards and court-martials.  Additionally, they may serve area commands as action officers or special project coordinators. 

How do I request to Separate/Retire at TPU San Diego?

TPU does require a request to separate message to process separation in San Diego via message traffic.  Request to separates received via email will not be entertained.  Please see Request to Home of Selection Message Template for example message.  Upon receipt, TPU will respond within 10 business days.  

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