You are finally going to put all your military training to the test. Preparation is critical to a successful mobilization/demobilization. In addition to preparing your gear and your Marines, you must ensure your personal affairs are in order. Your command will provide opportunities to complete pre-mobilization/demobilization preparations. The topics below will provide additional resources to assist in your personal mobilization/demobilization preparation.
Things You Need to Do
- Meet with your Unit Transition Coordinator (UTC) – The UTC will prepare you to begin the transition process by explaining pre-work requirements, pre-separation counseling and registration for entry into the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS).
- Meet with a Personal and Professional Development (P&PD) Advisor – Transition staff such as P&PD Advisors are committed to providing a full range of education, career, and transition services that educate, encourage and empower you and your family in achieving personal and professional success.
- Attend the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) – The TRS is a five day workshop that includes mandatory training to prepare you for your transition to civilian life. You must attend this seminar no later than 12-14 months prior to your EAS or as early as 24 months from retirement.
- Encourage Your Spouse to Visit the Family Member Employment Assistance Program and register to attend the Spouse Transition and Readiness Seminar (STARS) which is designed to support spouses of transitioning Marines. They can also provide military family members with the tools they need for career exploration, resume writing, job search skills, interviewing techniques, and career assessments.
- Meet with Your Personal Financial Manager (PFM) – Your installation PFM can help you prepare your budget or other financial plans to eliminate/minimize debt while still on Active Duty and in preparation for separation or retirement.
- Understand the Blended Retirement System – For an overview of the new Blended Retirement System take this training course and read this brief article.
- Pull Your The Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) - Click the link to read more about the VMET, DD Form 2586, and how it documents your military career and training
- Complete the Career Readiness Standards (CRS) – CRS are required to be completed by all Marines and are shared with your Commanding Officer when you have your Capstone meeting no later than 90 days from separation, demobilization, or retirement. CRS are documented on the DD Form 2958. The CRS include:
- Complete Preseparation Counseling (documented on Form DD2648/-1)
- Attend the VA Benefits Briefs I and II
- Complete the Department of Labor Employment Workshop
- Register for an eBenefits account – TRS prerequisite
- Document the requirements and eligibility for licensure, certification and apprenticeship
- Complete the Kuder Journey Personal Assessment
- Attend the Reserve Opportunities and Obligations Brief (Active Component Only)
- Complete the Military Occupations Specialty (MOS) Crosswalk Gap Analysis
- Create a 12-month post-separation budget
- Complete a job application package including resume, references and job application; or job offer letter
- Complete your Individual Transition Plan
- Complete Capstone meeting
- Attend a 2-day Accessing Higher Education and/or Career Technical Training Workshop. You can register through your Transition Readiness office and upon completion, you will be required to complete the following Career Readiness Standards (CRS):
- Complete a comparison of academic or training institution choices
- Complete an application or have an acceptance letter to the school of your choice
- Confirm an appointment with an advisor/counselor at the school of your choice
- Attend a 2-day Boots to Business Workshop. If you are interested in pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sector, register through your Transition Readiness office.
- Attend your Capstone Meeting with your Commanding Officer (or designee) – This is coordinated between Marines and their Career Planners/ Unit Transition Coordinator. You must meet with your CO no later than 90 days prior to your EAS date for the CO to review your CRS and sign your DD Form 2958.
- Return your DD Form 2958 to the Transition Office – This can be accomplished through the IPAC, through your Career Planner or UTC, or directly by you. Directions will be provided by Transition Readiness staff.
- Review USERRA – Review your rights and responsibilities under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
- Notify Your Employer – Provide your employer with at least 30 days of advanced notice of your mobilization whenever possible. If orders become available, you may present a copy to the appropriate supervisor and Human Resources (HR) representative. Review military and company policy with your supervisor and HR personnel. Determine whether you would like to use leave prior to or during your mobilization. Share this plan and your projected return date with your employer.
- Report Back to Work/Apply for Reemployment – If mobilized 1-30 days, return to work on the next scheduled work day. If 31-180 days of service, apply for reemployment within 14 days after completion of service. If 181+ days of service, apply for reemployment within 90 days after completion of service.
- Resolve any Pay and Compensation Issues – Visit your installation Personal Financial Manager (PFM) for assistance on creating a spending plan.
- Complete Your Mobilization/Demobilization Budget – Visit your installation Personal Financial Manager (PFM) for assistance on creating a spending plan.
- Identify Car Insurance Changes - Notify your insurance company of your intent to put your vehicle in an "off-road" status to save money. Ensure car title and registration are updated and located in the vehicle.
- Review Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance Coverage for you and your family (including pets). Are you going to continue or suspend any employer sponsored health care? Notify your employer of your intentions. Upon demobilization, reinstate your health insurance, dental and vision plans without waiting periods for yourself and any dependents.
- Consider Placing a Fraud Alert on your credit file at the three major credit bureaus. Military members can place a one-year active duty alert.
- Replace Filters on Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems. Check smoke detectors and ensure batteries are replaced if needed.
- Update Your Property Inventory with serial numbers and secure a location for high-valued items. Photograph or videotape condition of property.
- Prepare a Household Emergency Kit – Secure a container complete with a first aid kit, flashlight, candles, fire extinguisher, batteries, matches, electrical tape, bottled water, and MREs.
- Notify Your Landlord – Provide contact information for next of kin in case of emergency.
- Review/Update/Complete Legal Documents – Visit your Base Legal office to ensure your documents are in order, including Power of Attorney, Wills, Advance Directives, etc. If married, do you and your spouse have a Power of Attorney or Form 2848 signed by both of you?
- Develop Your Deployed Education Plan – Meet with your Education Services Officer (ESO) to identify education opportunities available to you while mobilized.
- Update Your Individual Development Plan – Meet with your Personal and Professional Development Advisor and Education Services Officer (ESO) to identify education and career development opportunities available to you while mobilized.
- Complete Your Extended Absence Plan - This plan specifies the following for the period of absence: a legal power of attorney to accomplish personal and financial requirements, a plan for covering financial obligations, the disposition of car and auto insurance, allotments for appropriate monthly expenditures, and the disposition of other financial issues that might occur during the period of absence. Contact your PFM for assistance.
- Update Your Family Care Plan - A Family Care Plan ensures your family is taken care of during times of drills, annual training, mobilization, and deployment. Discuss your plan with your PFM and Base Legal Office. Complete form NAVMC 11800. Update address and telephone numbers of immediate family members of both spouses. LifeSkills Training and Education offers courses to assist you in completing your Family Care Plan.
- Sign Up for Virtual Library Access – Library resources and services are available to Marines and families on board all USMC installations and on-line 24/7/365. The online databases provide academic research, professional and recreational material including databases covering academic, research, health, criminal justice, web-based foreign language lessons, over 200 digital magazines, over 500 online self-improvement and lifelong learning classes, and thousands of streaming films for informational and recreational use.
- If You Haven't Already Done So, Register for eBenefits – eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, manage their personal benefits information, and access the Veterans Employment Center.
- Identify Your Family Readiness Officer (FRO) – The FRO is the direct link to Marines and their family members. They serve as a one-stop-shop for Official Command Communication, Resources and Referral Information, Readiness and Deployment Support and Volunteer Management.
- Update Your Record of Emergency Data Card – Ensure your Military Personnel Record has a current list of immediate next of kin, legal information, and trusted contact information of close friends.
- Update Your Emergency Contact List – Include information for the Red Cross and ensure your family is instructed on how to use their services in case of an emergency.
- Review Your 401k or other pension plans – Determine if and how make up contributions will be made. Share your plans with your employer.
- Register for Online Access – Obtain pin numbers and passwords as needed for accounts accessible online. Establish automatic payment plans to have your bills paid.
- Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – Check in with FAP to verify open cases or rank related responsibilities.
- Family Members?
- Military ID Card – Obtain an updated card for your spouse and children to gain access to military benefits and facilities such as the commissary, Marine Corps Exchange, and medical and dental services. You will need DD Form 1172 and your marriage certificate to obtain an ID card. Visit the RAPIDS Site Locator to find a registration office near you.
- TRICARE – Ensure your family members are properly registered in TRICARE, the military health care program for Service members and their families.
- MetLife Dental Program – MetLife is available to active duty family members and National Guard and Reserve members and their families.
- Review/Update Your Service member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) –Designate or update beneficiaries, reduce or decline coverage, or restore previous coverage. Download and complete SGLV-8286 (SGLI Election & Certificate) and submit the completed form to your personnel office.
- Review/Update Your Family Service member's Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) – A program that provides term life insurance coverage to the spouses and dependent children insured under SGLI. You pay the premium for spousal coverage. Dependent children are insured at no cost. Use SGLV Form 8286A.
- Continue tracking your training requirements through the Marine Corps Training Information Management System. (MCTIMS) guides Marines on career training and education requirements, tracks training completions, and includes information on training standards and MOS Roadmaps to learn the steps necessary to achieve a high level of MOS proficiency and other recommendations for further enhancement training.
Things You Need To Know
- Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle.
- Marine and Family Programs – Marine and Family Programs provides assistance with services such as relocation, employment opportunities, financial education, personal skills-building classes, deployment planning, volunteer opportunities, outplacement assistance and assistance with crisis situations.
- myPay – myPay is the accounting firm of the Department of Defense (DoD). Service members, military civilian employees, and retirees can resolve various pay issues.
- Education Services Officers (ESOs) – ESOs are available to assist and advise you on education and testing programs, the Joint Services Transcript,American Council on Education (ACE) college credit recommendations, Tuition Assistance programs (Financial Aid, GI Bill, Scholarships, and Grants), and preparing for the Leadership Scholar Program.
- Explore Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) – COOL will help you find civilian certifications and licenses that are related to your military occupation.
- Joint Services Transcript (JST) – The JST is a military service transcript showing American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for military training and college courses. Contact your ESO for assistance.
- Explore Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) and College Placement Skills Training (CPST) – Contact your ESO to decide if it would be beneficial for you to review your math and writing skills in order to improve job skills, pass exams, advance in your career or continue your education.
- Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) - This system allows the military to verify that only authorized people are treated in its facilities. DEERS should be updated anytime a service member moves, changes status, gets married or divorced, has an additional dependent, etc. DEERS information should be reviewed for accuracy once a year.
- Contact the New Parent Support Program (NPSP) – NPSP provides parenting education, support and assistance to expectant parents and parents with children ages 0-5. Services include group parenting workshops, baby boot camp, and individual family home visits.
- Check out the School Liaison Program - The School Liaison supports Marine families by advocating on behalf of the family to optimize the educational experience and transition of elementary, middle and high school students in local school districts.
- Check out Children and Youth Programs – Children &Youth Programs Resource & Referral offices can assist you in starting the enrollment process to ensure your children have a safe haven for recreation activities, and before and after school programs.
- Family Members with Special Needs? Check out the Exceptional Family Member Program - EFMP supports Active Duty Service Members and families to ensure that they are assigned to Duty Stations where services exist to support the EFM with Continuum Of Care, ensuring access to and availability of medical and educational services.
- Information and Referral Specialists provide information on programs and services for service members and families. They maintain a database of base and community resources and will make appropriate referrals to internal or external military and community agencies.
- Base Legal Office - Military installations have legal assistance offices available to assist you with legal matters such as will preparation, powers of attorney, contract review, debit/credit problems, landlord/tenant issues, family law, tax law and estate planning. All of these services are a no-cost benefit to you for your active duty service. If you're obtaining new employment, you may also need a legal ethics employment counseling brief.
- Information, Tickets and Tours (ITT) - ITT is your one-stop, fun shop for discounted tickets to the movies, museums, zoo. Theme parks, sporting events, water parks, festivals, theatre, concerts, and more. They are located at every installation and offer tickets for your round attractions, seasonal attractions, and sites all over the country.
- Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families. As a virtual extension to installation services, information provided includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, transition, parenting, and childhood services. Comprehensive education and career exploration services are also available at no cost to all eligible military spouses through the SECO career center.
- SemperFit – Locate the fitness facilities aboard your new installation and speak with the SemperFit team to see what's unique to your new location.
- L.I.N.K.S. (Lifestyles, Insights, Networking, Knowledge & Skills) and LifeSkills classes - The L.I.N.K.S. program offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping spouses, Marines, children and teens, and parents/extended family members understand and adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. L.I.N.K.S is a resource of Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB).
- CREDO - The Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) is a retreat program that supports Marines, Sailors, and their families with high-quality, evidence-based education and enrichment opportunities focused on marriage and family relationships, character-building and personal growth, unit cohesion, individual and corporate resilience, moral and ethical decision-making, and crisis intervention skills development.
- Family Member Employment Assistance Program – FAP provides a variety of programs and services to military members and their families to enhance life skills and improve their quality of life. Support resources include information on spouse/intimate partner and child abuse, victim advocacy, counseling for individuals, couples and children, as well as classes on stress, anger management, domestic violence, communication and conflict resolution skills, and positive parenting.
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) – NMCRS Provides financial, educational, and other need-based assistance to active-duty and retired Sailors and Marines, their eligible family members, and survivors.