New focus helps Sailors transition into life outside Navy

Kirstin Davy, transitions coordinator, FFSC

Kirstin Davy, transitions coordinator, FFSC

February is designated as “Transition Month” for Navy Fleet & Family Support Centers. To most people, transition means a week of “TAP class” or a pre-separation checklist, but transitioning out of the military successfully entails a much more in-depth process.

The past few months, FFSC has seen quite a few changes — or “transitions” — of its own, mainly the switch from the old “TAP class” into the new Transition Goals, Plan, Succeed (GPS) program. This weeklong class has been revamped as part of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in November of 2011, and the Veterans Employment Initiative. It’s an effort to decrease veterans’ unemployment rates and increase their chances of success in the civilian workforce.

Career Readiness Standards have been developed and incorporated into Transition GPS to ensure that service members are adequately prepared and have the highest possible chance at a successful future.

The program includes a four-hour workshop on Veterans Affairs benefits, as well as modules on translating military experience into equivalent civilian terms and personal financial planning.

The newly extended three-day Department of Labor Employment Workshop consists of job search strategies and interview techniques, as well as federal and corporate resume writing skills.

Most notably, a new mandatory attendance requirement ensures that all service members have the time to process the upcoming changes in their lives and create a plan of action to achieve their employment and educational goals.

During GPS, service members will develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to assess their own transition needs and outline the major steps to consider during this process. The ITP helps attendees make a plan of action to achieve post-military employment or pursue further education.

Later this summer, two-day optional tracks will be phased in. The three separate courses available will be the vocational/technical track, presented by Veterans Affairs; the entrepreneurial track, taught by the Small Business Administration; and the educational track.

The concluding piece of the transition puzzle is the CAPSTONE event that will be implemented to ensure that all the Career Readiness Standards have been met, referrals and resources provided and questions answered so that the service member is as prepared as possible for a successful separation or retirement.

Transition GPS class is offered at least twice a month. It is recommended that service members attend 12 months before separation and up to 24 months before retirement.

Service members can register for Transition GPS through their command career counselor.

For more information, contact the Fleet & Family Support Center at 805-982-5037.

— Kirstin Davy is the transitions coordinator for the FFSC at Naval Base Ventura County.

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