Select the categories below to explore the Things You Need to Know and Things You Need to Do throughout each Action Point of your career.

Transition Checklist

Thank you for your service, Marine! Whether you have served four years or forty, we want to ensure you are prepared for your new adventure. You will want to attend the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) as soon as possible. During this time your IDP will morph into your ITP, a requirement for all transitioning Marines. You will also have the opportunity to develop a post service budget and explore education, entrepreneurship, and career options. Remember, transition impacts your entire family. If you're married, encourage your spouse to attend the Spouse Transition and Readiness Seminar (STARS).  As with the other points on the life cycle, planning is critical to a successful transition. The topics below will assist as you prepare to return to civilian life.

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. You can also view the
  • Understand the Blended Retirement System – For an overview of the new Blended Retirement System take this training course and read this brief article.
  • Meet with Your Education Services Officer (ESO) – 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.
  • 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 2648 eForm. See the "Capstone" Checklist under "Resources" for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore Marine Corps SkillBridge - Links transitioning Marines who are 180 days from transition to civilian training opportunities. The Marine Corps has 3 active SkillBridge programs on two installations (Camp Pendleton – Veterans in Piping and Microsoft Software & Systems (MSSA) and Camp Lejeune – Veterans in Piping).
  • Attend your Capstone Meeting with the Transition Readiness staff beginning 120 days from EAS in preparation for the Commander’s Verification meeting no later than 90 days from EAS. 
  • Update the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) - DEERS should be updated anytime there is a change that would affect benefits and entitlements for you and any dependents; DEERS information should be reviewed for accuracy once a year.
  • Contact the Installation Personnel and Administration Center (IPAC) - Coordinate with your Admin office to make sure you complete the documented IPAC separation process to ensure your obtain your complete and correct Form DD214.
  • Begin Job Search and Determine Career Path. Explore MyNextMove for Veterans, and attend local hiring events and career fairs. Contact your P&PD Advisor for assistance.
  • Contact Base Legal to update legal documents to include Will, Power of Attorney, Medical Directives, and receive a legal ethics employment counseling briefing per DODI 1332.35.
  • Attend Home Buying and Selling Class - Contact your PFM for workshop schedules.
  • Resolve all open Family Advocacy Program (FAP) cases to ensure continuity of care.
  • Contact Transportation and Household Goods – To help you get organized, the Defense Personal Property System has streamlined the moving process with their website Move.mil.
  • Service Treatment Records – Ensure your complete service treatment record is submitted to the servicing IPAC/ADMIN RUC prior to departing on separation/terminal leave.
  • Use this template (Transition Milestones ITP Block 6) to develop your individual transition timeline. The items marked as "required" are mandatory planning activities and must be completed to achieve the required Career Readiness Standards applicable to your chosen career path.
  • Update Your Military ID CardObtain 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.
  • Update Your 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. Click here for information on transitional and retiree coverage options.
  • Family Members? 

Things You Need To Know

  • Marine and Family ProgramsMarine 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.
  • 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.
  • Family Advocacy Program (FAP) - 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.
  • Family Readiness Officers (FROs) - 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.
  • myPay – myPay is the accounting firm of the Department of Defense (DoD). Service members, military civilian employees, and retirees can resolve various pay issues.
  • 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..
  • School-Aged Children? Contact 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.
  • Explore Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)COOL will help you find civilian certifications and licenses that are related to your military occupation.
  • Visit Your Local Base Library 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.
  • The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) – The TSP is a retirement savings plan for United States civil service employees and retirees as well as for members of the uniformed services. Contact your Personal Financial Manager (PFM) for assistance in tsp options.
  • 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.
  • 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 installation and speak with the SemperFit team to see what's unique to your new location.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New Baby or Young Children?  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.
  • Visit the MilitaryInstallations (MI) Website – The MI website will provide you with lots of information regarding your new location.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.