Marines

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If you suspect any fraudulent/criminal or cyber schemes targeting Department of the Navy personnel, facilities, or infrastructure during this pandemic, call the NCIS COVID-19 Fraud/Scam Hotline at 1-800-386-8762.

Transition

Marines with upcoming end of active service (EAS) date or retirement dates may request a service extension through the current fiscal year if COVID-19 or its mitigation efforts are impacting the ability to carry out a smooth transition.

In the event Marine Corps installations providing TRS have implemented restricted or suspension of regular services, the Transition Readiness staff will utilize modified procedures for completing transition requirements. Training codes will remain the same. Priority of service will be based on the end of active service (EAS) date of the transitioning Marine. Virtual capabilities may include, but are not limited to phone, Defense Collaboration System (DCS), Zoom, Skype, etc. TRS requirements include:

  1. Initial Counseling completed face to face or virtually
  2. Pre-Separation Counseling completed face to face or virtually
  3. All TRS Workshop modules completed face to face or via Joint Knowledge Online (JKO)
  4. Capstone Review completed face to face or virtually in most cases, by virtual means. 

In addition to the option to complete TRS online through your local Transition Readiness office, the VA Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is working with all services to offer resources for transitioning during this time.

Review the following resources from the VA TAP: 
VA TAP One-On-One Assistance
VA Coronavirus Remote Support
VA eLearning Options

Starting 1 April, the VA will provide remote one-on-one assistance to service members. The VA TAP team continues to work diligently to balance our mission of supporting service members and veterans with protecting the health and safety of our staff, their families, and those we serve in these unprecedented times. VA recognizes the valuable experience that transitioning service members have when they connect directly with VA. Despite any changes in normal VA TAP operations, service members still have the opportunity for remote One-On-One Assistance sessions with VA Benefits Advisors to preserve a sense of connectivity, and get their questions answered after participating in the JKO VA Benefits and Services course.

Contact your local Transition Readiness Program office to determine your next steps. 

SkillBridge

Marines participating in the DoD SkillBridge Program will comply with OUSD P&R Memo dated 8 March 2020 (Travel Restrictions for DoD Components). Commanders are authorized to approve continued participation in SkillBridge programs in accordance with MARADMIN 162-20 (Travel Restrictions and Personal Guidance For Travel) with appropriate SES or GO level approval. Installation Commanders will make determinations for continuing SkillBridge training opportunities aboard their installation. The use of alternative training methods, including virtual training, is encouraged.

Community Counseling

The Community Counseling Program has made appointments available via phone and Skype, while in-person access is restricted. Contact your local office to confirm or schedule your tele-appointment. 

Fitness

The HITT Workouts of the Day are now modified to incorporate at-home workouts! Stay active while facilities are closed by following the HITT Facebook page

All-Marine Sports

All All-Marine and Armed Forces Sports events have been canceled through September 30, 2020. 
Applications may still be submitted for the All-Marine Running and All-Marine Wrestling Teams.
MARADMINs seeking applications for events beyond September will follow in the coming months.

Personal & Professional Development

While COVID-19 may have impacted in-person services, your P&PD teams are still available to provide support through telephonic and other virtual efforts. Support from the Family Member Employment Assistance Program, Voluntary Education Program, Credentialing, and Leadership Scholar Program is available at each installation, and some courses are available through JKO or other online means.

Personal Financial Management

In light of COVID-19, the PFM staff continues to be available, in most cases, by virtual means. Support is also available through your Command Financial Specialist, located within each unit. Because COVID-19 has impacted the installations ability to provide in-person Personal Readiness Seminars (PRS), for the next 30 days, please use the JKO version of PRS for Marines who are due to meet this Financial Education Action Point.

Marine Corps Family Team Building

Marine Corps Family Team Building courses, for the most part, are on hold as a result of COVID-19. In some locations, the MCFTB team is able to offer virtual sessions, however they are not available at every installation. For those commands who have required Family Readiness Program Training that is due, for the next 30 days, an exception to policy is granted for Command Team training, Family Readiness Command Team Advisor training, and Family Readiness Assistant training for DRC/URC inspection purposes. HQMC will provide guidance every 30 days.

Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program 

While COVID-19 is impacting each Marine Corps Base and Air Station differently, our UPFRP is still providing, in most cases, in-person support, and where this is not an option, they are providing information and resources via electronic means. Deployment Readiness Coordinators (DRC), Uniformed Readiness Coordinators (URC), and Family Readiness Volunteers continue to provide personal and family readiness assistance to units, individual Marines, and families where the resources are most needed. Contact your command to make sure you are on the unit communication chain. 

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