Congratulations Marine! Promotion is an exciting time. More responsibility and more pay! It's also a great time to evaluate your Individual Development Plan. Schedule an appointment with a Personal & Professional Development Advisor (P&PD) to discuss your goals. Do you have an emergency fund? Are you planning for retirement? Your income is growing; your Personal Financial Manager (PFM) or Command Financial Specialist (CFS) can provide workshops and one on one counseling to help you reach your financial goals. While you are adjusting to your new rank, it's not too early to begin preparing for your next promotion. Keep yourself technically and tactically proficient. The links below will help you achieve success.
Things You Need to Do
- Contact Your Career Planner – Discuss your plans and review your MOS Roadmap using the Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS) to ensure you're completing all requirements and on track to achieving your desired goals.
- Meet with a Personal and Professional Development (P&PD) Advisor – 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.
- Consult with your Personal Financial Manager (PFM) – The PFM provides financial education and training on money management, debt and credit management, savings, investing, and retirement planning. Plan to register and attend various workshops such as Car Buying, Budgeting and Saving, and other topics to support your personal financial fitness.
- Family Advocacy Program (FAP) – Check in with FAP to determine if new FAP-related training is required.
- Complete or Update Your Kuder Journey Personal Assessment – Journey is a career planning system that assists you with effective career exploration and planning, both while serving and in transition. Kuder Journey's assessments support your career planning process and can assist you in informed decision making about your future.
- Meet with Your Command Financial Specialist (CFS) – The CFS functions as your unit's principal advisor on policies and matters related to financial education.
- Review the Commandant's Reading List – Visit your installation's library on-site or online to obtain the required reading for your new grade.
- Ensure You Understand the Process for Transferring Your Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits – Contact your local Education Services Officer (ESO) to determine eligibility requirements.
- Blended Retirement – For an overview of the new Blended Retirement System take this training course and read this brief article.
- Update Your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) – The TSP is a great way to increase your retirement savings plan with the extra money you've earned. Contact your PFM for assistance.
- Pull Your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET). The VMET (DD Form 2586) document is an overview of your military career.
- 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.
- Explore Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) – COOL will help you find civilian certifications and licenses that are related to your military occupation.
- Explore United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) – USMAP is a military training program supported by the Department of Labor that provides the opportunity to improve job skills and complete civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty.
- Remain Competitive for Re-enlistment or Promotion by completing the PME requirements for your current rank. The Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS) guides Marines on career training and education requirements, tracks completed trainings, and includes information on training standards and MOS Roadmaps, and other recommendations for further enhancement training.
- Update/Develop Your Individual Development Plan (IDP) – It is important to update/develop your own plan in order to have a successful and balanced personal and professional lifestyle. Think about what you want to accomplish, and how you plan to get there. Check the resources link to download a sample copy.
Things You Need To Know
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Member Employment Assistance Program – This program provides military family members with the tools they need to successfully search for employment. Resources include career exploration, resume writing, job search skills, interviewing techniques, and career assessments.
- 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 unit 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.
- Family Members?
- Military ID Card – Obtain a 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.
- 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.
- eBenefits (Premium Account) – eBenefits is a Federal Government portal and serves as a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, manage their personal benefits information, Tricare, official military personnel documents and the Veterans Employment Center.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Single? Single Marine Program (SMP) – The SMP exists to improve the quality of life for single Marines. The program plans recreation, social events, and community participation activities.
- SemperFit – Locate the fitness facilities aboard your new installation and speak with the SemperFit team to see what's unique to your new location.
- Visit Your Local Base Library – Library resources and services are available to Marines and families on board all USMC installations and online 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.
- L.I.N.K.S. (Lifestyles, Insights, Networking, Knowledge & Skills) and LifeSkill 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).
- 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 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.
- 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.