Transition Readiness Program – NEW!

Transition Readiness Program – 365 days of Preparation!

The Transition Readiness Seminar and Capstone have played an essential role in preparing Service members for life after the military.  The Transition Readiness Program is continually changing to meet the challenges associated with employment, education, transitional stress, and veterans’ benefits and services. One such change is the implementation of the 365 Initial Counseling. 

Effective 1 October 2019, amendments to Public Law 115-232, Section 552, of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provide Service members the opportunity to create a more Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) that is geared towards their specific transitional plans and goals.     

So What Exactly Can You Expect?

Transition Readiness Steps


  • Initial Counseling requirement – Is a one-on-one counseling conducted no later than 365 days from the end of active service (EAS) or retirement date. Every Service member must complete their Initial Counseling with a Personal and Professional Development (P&PD) staff member to determine the pathway that best meet their transitional goals.
  • Updated required training during TRS – No later than 180 days prior to EAS or retirement, the required training will incorporate one day of Department of Defense-facilitated training (Marine Corps Transition Day), one day of Veteran Affairs Benefits and Services, one day of Department of Labor employment preparation, and a two-day pathway focused on employment, education, vocational training, or entrepreneurship.
  • Service members do not have to wait until they have 365 days to receive their Initial Counseling: Separatees can begin as early as 18 months from their EAS.  Retirees can begin as early as 24 months from their retirement date.  

The Transition Readiness Seminar is mandatory for all transitioning Service members.  Whether separating or retiring, you should attend TRS no later than 180 days from your EAS.  Capstone Review should be conducted no earlier than 180 days and no later than 120 days from your EAS.  Lastly, the Commander’s Verification is a face-to-face process that should be completed no later than three months (90 days) from the Service members’ EAS.

For more information

Please contact Marine and Family Programs, Career and Resource Services at (252) 466-4201. You may also visit,, for additional updates.