Transition Assistance

The Transition Readiness Seminar is a 5-day mandatory program designed to ease the burden of transition by providing Service members and their families with employment, college, technical and entrepreneurial information and guidance. This interactive program will increase the Service member’s knowledge and confidence through active participation.

What path will you take?

  • College/University
  • Career/Technical
  • Employment
  • Entrepreneurial

The Transition Assistance Program

The Transition Assistance Program provides career/employment, career technical, college or university, entrepreneurship guidance and transition information to separating Marines and their family members. Prior to attending TRS, service-members are required to complete pre-separation counseling, 12-month budget webinar, Kuder assessment and VA E-benefits enrollment. A pre-work checklist is available through your unit career planner. During TRS our instructors and advisors will provide the service-member with resources so that they can successfully incorporate their Individual Transition Plan (ITP), career assessment, financial planning, resume preparation, job analysis techniques, job interview techniques, federal employment application information, Veteran’s benefits, Disabled Transition Assistance Program, and Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) Form (DD-Form 2586) into the transition from military to civilian life.

Prior to attending TRS, service-members are required to complete pre-separation counseling, 12-month budget webinar, Kuder assessment and VA E-benefits enrollment. A pre-work checklist is available through your unit career planner. During TRS our instructors and advisors will provide the service-member with resources so that they can successfully incorporate their Individual Transition Plan (ITP), career assessment, financial planning, resume preparation, job analysis techniques, job interview techniques, federal employment application information, Veteran’s benefits, Disabled Transition Assistance Program, and Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) Form (DD-Form 2586) into the transition from military to civilian life.

Transition services are available to all Marines and their family members who are within 12 to 14 months of separation or within 24 months of retirement. On a space-available basis separating Marines, who has completed TRS, can attend additional workshops. Pre-separation counseling and the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) are mandatory for all separating Marines.

The DD2648 Pre-separation Webinar has been replaced by the OSD/HQMC Pre-separation/Transition Counseling Brief. Your local P&PD TRS Training will provide the new brief at each installation.  For more information about TRS dates and times please contact your Unit Career Planners/UTCs.

For a copy of form DD2648, please contact your Career Planner, or the Transition Assistance Office.


Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS)

Core Curriculum Agenda:

  • TRS Overview
  • Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
  • Preseparation Counseling
  • VA Benefits
  • Reserve Opportunities and Obligations
  • Marine For Life
  • Personal Financial Management

Core Curriculum

A mandatory briefing to be taken no less than 90 days prior to a Service members’ End of Active Service (EAS) date. Preferable, Service members will attend the TRS 12-14 months prior to EAS. The workshop begins on Monday, prior to the TRS pathways. Dress is the uniform of the day. Spouses are encouraged to attend. The class is administered at the Training and Education, building 4335, room 171A. Contact your Unit Career Planner to register.

TRS Required Materials:

OSD Financial Planning Workbook

Financial Planning Worksheet (PDF)

TRS Checklist

The Transition Readiness Seminar Write-up Website

OSD Individual Transition Plan (ITP)

MOC Crosswalk-Gap Analysis

Pre-Retirement

A mandatory briefing required for retirees that is held quarterly. The briefing is a 5 day workshop with the first 2 days as an expanded version of the TRS Core Curriculum (Preseparation) and the last 3 days as the Department of Labor Employment Workshop. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Dress is appropriate civilian attire. The class is administered at Training and Education, building 4335, room 171A.

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