Transitioning Out of the Military

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So, your service member is preparing to retire or separate from the Military? This is a big milestone, full of pride, but also with uncertainty about what comes next.

Here’s a handy pre-retirement/separation checklist that will help your family get your affairs in order on an easy timeframe.

Is your service member’s retirement more than 6 months out?

  • Determine eligibility for retirement and benefits
  • Estimate your retirement pay
  • Assess your finances, begin paying down debt and, if you are relocating, contact an agent
  • Take advantage of career evaluation services and begin researching career choices and job options
  • Prepare your resume

Is your service member’s reparation more than 6 months out?

  • Assess your finances, begin paying down debt and, if you are relocating, contact an agent
  • Take advantage of career evaluation services and begin researching career choices and job options
  • Prepare your resume

 Is your service member’s between 4 and 6 months out?

  • Attend an ACAP or TAP workshop
  • Develop a transition plan
  • Schedule physical and dental appointments
  • Start researching the job market
  • Network with people and organizations
  • Attend job fairs

Is your service member’s between 2 and 4 months out?

  • Consult a VA counselor if you should file a disability claim
  • Submit your Leave/Permissive TDY request
  • Obtain your retirement/separation orders
  • Scan or make copies of all personnel and medical records
  • Schedule a pre-retirement/separation counseling appointment with AAFMAA
  • Add all essential documents to your Digital Vault

Best of luck with your new life. Follow these bits of advice, and you’ll have a much easier, happier transition to look forward to!

This transition readiness Assessment was designed by the experts at AAFMAA.

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