Congratulations Marine! As you complete your enlistment there are many options available to you. Your decision to "stay Marine" comes with a completely new set of challenges and opportunities. Re-enlistment is a good time to reevaluate your Individual Development Plan (IDP). Consider meeting with a Personal and Professional Development Advisor to discuss opportunities and programs available to you. Perhaps you'd like to pursue new educational interests or explore credentials and apprenticeships, or maybe you will be receiving a re-enlistment bonus and would like to learn more about saving and investing. You may also be preparing to PCS or transition to a "B" billet.The topics below will assist you to make sound and timely decisions regarding this transition.
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.
- Meet with Your Command Financial Specialist (CFS) – The CFS functions as the individual unit's principal advisor on policies and matters related to financial education.
- Meet with Your Personal Financial Manager (PFM) – Meet with your PFM to update your budget and discuss ways to maximize your re-enlistment bonus. Your PFM provides financial education and training on money management, debt and credit management, savings, investing, and retirement planning.
- 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 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.
- Register for 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.
- Update Your Individual Development Plan (IDP) – It is important to update your 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.
- Pull Your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET). The VMET, DD Form 2586, document is an overview of your military career.
- Is a PCS Move On The Horizon? – Check out the PCS Checklist and you can begin planning your move. You can also use the online tool provided by Military OneSource called Plan My Move. Visit your local Information and Referral Specialist for additional relocation assistance.
- Understand the Process for Transferring Your Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits – Contact your local Education Services Officer (ESO) to determine eligibility requirements.
- Understand the Blended Retirement System – 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- myPay – myPay is the accounting firm of the Department of Defense (DoD). Service members, military civilian employees, and retirees can resolve various pay issues.
- Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) – COOL will help you find civilian certifications and licenses that are related to your military occupation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) - Select the link to read more about the VMET (Verification of Military Experience and Training), DD Form 2586, and how it documents your military career and training.
- 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.
- SemperFit – Locate the fitness facilities aboard your new installation and speak with the SemperFit team to see what's unique to your new location.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Family Members?
- Base Legal Office - Military installations have legal assistance offices available to assist you with legal matters such as will preparation, powers of attorney, review of most contracts, 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.
- 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.
- 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.