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TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN
Transitioning out of the Marines and into civilian life is a daunting task. A Marine's End of Active Service (EAS) is a bittersweet day.
Don't worry - we have collected a comprehensive list of resources to help make the transition as smooth as possible, help you define your path forward, and find a rewarding next chapter of your life.
Separation financial benefits and other information is located on our Retirement page.
TRANSITION READINESS SEMINAR
EVERY MARINE IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE WEEK-LONG SEMINAR BEFORE GETTING OUT
The Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) provides transitioning Marines and their families with the resources and tools needed to reach their personal goals.
Marines will be begin planning with an emphasis on post-transition goals at least a year in advance of EAS or retirement.
Separatees must start and complete the Initial Counseling and Pre-Separation Counseling process 18 to 12 months before EAS, and Retirees must do so 24 to 12 months from retirement.
TRS will still be required at 12 to no later than six months from EAS, the Capstone Review must be completed four months from EAS, and the Commander’s Verification three months from EAS.
Marines explore topics such as employment, VA benefits, financial planning, transition resources, and receive one-on-one guidance from a Personal and Professional Development Advisor.
There are 4 two-day tracks Marines can choose from within the TRS: Employment, Education, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship
PRIVATE TRANSITION ASSISTANCE
THERE ARE NUMEROUS FREE RESOURCES AND AGENCIES PROVIDING HELP TO TRANSITIONING MARINES AND THEIR FAMILIES
There are countless non-profit and charitable agencies who help Marines throughout their transition process. Below we have listed some of the best services and what each one offers.
A digital platform to support the veterans as they pursue their dream careers at every point in their career journey by connecting them with mentors in their industries of interest.
Veterans Transition Support
VTS helps Marines and veterans in Southern California bridge the gap between military service and civilian life through job training and one-on-one mentoring in career development, education planning and obtaining veteran benefits. The Veterans Transition Support “Military Transition Training Program” provides no cost professional certification courses and transition resource briefs, career counseling, and resume help.
FourBlock equips high potential veterans to achieve great careers at our nation's top companies. A tool to help veterans achieve more after the military.
United Service Organization (USO)
The USO does more than provide airport lounges for military personnel. The Pathfinder program helps veterans find a civilian job that suits their skills and interest, secure financial stability, research education options, take advantage of their GI Bill, utilize their VA Home Loan or any other veteran programs, maintain family strength and personal wellness through the process. Participants will get a personalized Action Plan and one-on-one support from a USO Pathfinder Scout.