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Transition 365 is Coming! Are you ready for Change?

TRS is currently week-long program required by Title 10 for all Active Duty and Reserve Marines who have served a minimum of 180 consecutive days on Active Duty. Currently, Marines are encouraged to begin TRS within 12-14 months of their EAS or within 24 months of their retirement, but no later than 180 days from EAS or Retirement (per MCO 1700.31).

USMC Transition Process Changes as of October 1, 2019, the process will include:

The updated transition process will be more tailored to post-separation goals, and Marines will be required to start the process earlier to develop a smoother transition to civilian life.

  • Initial Counseling requirement – No later than 365 days
  • Updated required training during TRS – No later than 180 days


Per MCO 1700.31, the Personal Readiness Seminar (PRS) is a mandatory training course designed for Marines who are within 90 days of arrival to their First Permanent Duty Station. Attendees are trained in financial planning and also learn about the services provided by Personal and Professional Development. PRS is offered once a week at building 13150, but we are often able to provide on-site PRS training at the unit level. You must register via your Unit Transition Coordinator.



Beginning 1 October 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will require completion of an Initial Counseling and the Pre-Separation Counseling brief PRIOR to attending TRS. Retirees may attend these components up to 24 months prior to EAS but must do so no later than 12 months from EAS. Separatees may complete the components up to 18 months prior to EAS but must do so no later than 12 months from EAS.

Attendees will discuss their transitional goals, receive relevant resource referral, and review options for supplemental workshops and training. Initial counseling must be completed prior to the Pre-Separation Counseling Brief. You must register for Initial Counseling via EventBrite.

Pre-work must be completed prior to your Initial Counseling. Instructions can be found here: Initial Counseling and Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) Checklist


Per MCO 1700.31, the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) is the mandatory training course for separating Service Members. Separatees may attend as early as 18 months prior to EAS, but must do so no later than 180 days from EAS. Retirees may attend as early as 24 months from EAS, but must do so no later than 180 days from EAS. Pre-Retirement TRS is provided during the first two full weeks of each month.


Attendees explore topics such as employment, VA benefits, financial planning, transition resources, etc. and receive one-on-one guidance from a Personal and Professional Development Advisor. Completion of Initial Counseling and Pre-Separation Counseling is required prior to attendance of TRS. All Service Members must register via their Unit Transition Coordinator.


Beginning 6 January, 2020, two-day tracks will be imbedded in the week of TRS. Service Members will select their track during Initial Counseling. The four track options will be: Employment, Education, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship.

Budget Form

This spreadsheet will be used during the Financial Planning component of TRS. Please do not complete prior to attending TRS.

Budget form link

Individual Transition Plan

This packet will be used to document the elements of your post-military plans. Please do not complete prior to attending TRS.


Capstone Information

After completion of TRS, the next element in your transition planning is the mandatory Capstone Review. During this one-on-one meeting with your TRS advisor, you will review your Career Readiness Standards, update your 2648 eForm, and discuss additional training opportunities. You must bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Individual Transition Plan (pgs. 1-14 completed)
  • Gap analysis (pgs. 19-21 of the ITP completed)
  • Draft resume
  • Budget
  • Proof of eBenefits registration
  • Kuder Journey Assessments results
  • the email address of the CO (or designee) who will conduct your Commander’s Verification

Brig TRS

Offered monthly at the Camp Pendleton Brig for incarcerated service members who require TRS.

Spouse Transition Assistance Program (STARS)

This condensed transition training course allows spouses of separating or retiring service members to prepare for life beyond the military. The Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) can be contacted for more information regarding scheduled sessions at (760) 725-4199.

Morning Sessions – Register Here
Evening Sessions -Register Here

Transitioning Service members will have the option of selecting one or more two-day Training Tracks aligned with their personal goals: Accessing Higher Education, Career Technical Training and Entrepreneurship.

Accessing Higher Education

The Accessing Higher Education track is for those pursuing higher education. It assists Service members in identifying the education requirements that support their personal goals. This track focuses on topics such as how to achieve academic success, how to research and compare institutions, and how to finance higher education. After completing the Accessing Higher Education Track, Service members will be prepared to complete an application to an accredited institution, schedule a session with a counselor from an academic institution, or meet individually with education counselors, as needed.

Main side Accessing Higher Education Track – Register here

SOI Accessing Higher Education Track- Register here

Career Exploration and Planning Track

Please note that, despite the course title, this workshop is not limited to technical training.  Instead, the two-day workshop is centered on career exploration and development.  Service members take two excellent online assessments to discover their career interests and aptitudes (natural skills/talents).  Students then get detailed reports of recommended careers which match both their interests and natural abilities. They also receive guidance on how to interpret their reports and several tools to develop an individual career plan.  During the workshop, students explore:

  • Individual skills and interests that relate to their career growth
  • Labor market conditions, including high demand occupations
  • Expected salary ranges at each career level
  • Career preparation programs (licensing or certification programs,
    technical schools, community colleges, apprenticeships, internships, etc.)
  • Available funding options

The workshop facilitator will provide one-on-one career guidance to each student during the workshop.  This is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Those who are unsure what they will do after transition
  • Those who would like to make sure their current career plan is a good fit
  • Anyone who just wants to explore more career options.
  • Spouses are welcome **as well as dependent high school students (on off-school days).

Please register at:

Entrepreneur Track

Service members pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sectors will receive information related to the benefits and challenges of entrepreneurship and the steps required for business ownership through the SBA “Boots to Business”, Entrepreneurship Track. Once Service members have completed the Entrepreneurship Track, they will have developed the initial components of a business feasibility plan. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to enroll in an optional eight-week online entrepreneurship course, which helps them complete a business plan and connects them with a successful business mentor to assist Service members with the business start-up process.

Entrepreneurship Track – Register here

The SkillBridge Program offers a variety of courses to transitioning Service Members within their last six months of service. All courses train in high-need industries and offer a high probability of securing employment as each course provides job interviews, placements, or certifications. It is best to begin the application process early. To learn more about the SkillBridge Program courses, eligibility, and application procedures, please attend one of our quarterly SkillBridge briefs to get all your questions answered. The 2020 SkillBridge briefs will be held on Jan 7, Apr 7, Aug 4, and Nov 3. Please contact the SkillBridge office for location dates and times.

SkillBridge Office

Building 13150, Room 311
(760) 725-6517


Archi’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (AISA)

AISA is a 6 week course which focuses on small scale farming, hydroponics, and agribusiness course. This course uses a portion of Service Members GI Bill and is open to Active Duty and Spouses.

POC: Tricia Coates (910) 336-7366

Website for more information

BMW Military Service Technician Education Program (MSTEP)

MSTEP is a free 16 week training course toward becoming a BMW Service Technician. This course is open to Active Duty.

Active Duty / Free

POC: Sal Jimenez (619) 997-3307;

Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP)

CFP is a 12 week course which offers free mid-to-senior level internships in the Southern California region. Service Member must have at minimum an associate’s degree. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Melinda Gomez (760) 519-6597;

Website for more information

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)

MSSA is a 19 week course has 3 track options: Server and Cloud Administration (networking), Cloud Development (coding), and Cyber Security. These tracks use a portion of the Service Members GI Bill and is open to Active Duty.

POC: Martin Schwab (760) 385-0152;

Website for more information

Onward to Opportunity (O2O)

O2O is a free program offering industry specific training, credentials, and job placement services. This is a hybrid program
(3 days in classroom and 90 days online) that offers a professional certification course with two pathway options: Information Technology and Business Management. This course is open to Active Duty and Spouses. PTAD is only authorized for the 3 days in classroom portion of this cohort.

Website for more information, sign up for information session

Veterans in Piping (VIP)

VIP is a free 18 week welding and pipe fitting training that leads to an apprenticeship. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Skills Development Program (760) 725-6517;

Website to learn more

Workshops for Warriors (WFW)

WFW is a 16 week course that has 2 tracks: Welding or Machining. These tracks use a portion of the Service Members GI Bill. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Keshia Javis-Jones (619) 550-1620;

Website to learn more

Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC)

WARTAC is a 10 week course offers free training toward becoming a Veteran Service Representative with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

POC: SkillBridge Program, (760) 725-6517;

Airstreams Renewables

Airstreams is a 7 week course that trains Service Members to become Energy and Communication Tower Technicians. This course uses a portion of the Service Member’s GI Bill. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Eric Aliste (760) 222-6508;

VA Benefits Advisors

Available at Transition Readiness Facilities for one-on-one appointments regarding accessing and understanding your VA benefits, utilizing eBenefits.

Make an appointment by calling: 760-725-4360, or walk-ins welcome at Building 1101 or 1339.

Medical Records Screening:

Walk-in services available at building 13150 (2nd Floor) for medical records to be screened by a representative from the DAV, VFW or VA in preparation for you to file a VA disability claim with the VA.
Hours are 7:30am-2:30pm daily.

File your VA Claim:

Walk in to building 13150, from 7:30am- 2:00pm daily.
VA Offices in Building 13150: 760-385-0416

Benefits delivered at Discharge (BDD) program filing window is 90-180 days prior to a known separation date. The Service member will also have to be available for 45 days from the date of their claim submission to attend any VA examinations. You must have a firm fixed date of separation to have your records reviewed. If you are pending administrative separation, you must have your 5 or 10 day letter.

  1. Provide the VA with a complete copy of your Service Treatment Record. They will keep this copy.
  2. You must have a complete copy of your AHLTA notes from your medical department printed out or emailed to a VA employee via AMERDAC (
  3. Provide a copy of your complete Mental Health records, if applicable.
  4. If you are married, complete VA Form 21-686C (requires Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Date of Marriage, City and State of Marriage)
  5. If have any previous marriages, marital information required
  6. If you have dependent children, complete VA Form 21-686C (names, Social Security numbers, Dates of births, city and state of births)
  7. If you have children between 18-23, unmarried and going to school, complete VA Form 21-674 for each child
  8. Direct Deposit information (Name of financial institution, routing number, account number)

TCRG- VA Chapter 36 assessments and career counseling

Free Personalized Educational and Career Counseling

*Individual counseling to help you decide on your employment goals

*Educational and career counseling to identify a college or vocational program

*Benefits Coaching – guidance on VA benefits and how to effectively use resources

*Career Choice – understand best career options for you based on Aptitude/Interests/ Values Assessments


To apply:

Log into:

Select “Apply.”

Select “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits.”

Apply for “Educational and Career Counseling.” Be sure to use local address.

*You can also stop by VA Offices in Building 13150, Second Floor to request an application (8832 form) OR Room #217


Vet Centers:

Locate the nearest Vet Center to you

Manage your VA benefits at:


Access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans 24/7 at: 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)

Optional seminars for Active Duty and their Spouses. For more information on these seminars please call 760-725-4199.

CalTAP (In Collaboration with Cal HR Hiring Initiative) FOR TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS STAYING IN CALIFORNIA Free 1-day seminar, geared toward those who have an interest/intention in residing in California after separating. The focus of this seminar is to connect service members and their families with California specific resources to ensure success in civilian life. Topics include veteran benefits, education, employment and entrepreneurship. Taught by subject matter experts who are ready to answer questions.
Please register at:

Officers under Twenty Transition Seminar (OUT) FOR SEPARATING OFFICERS Free 4-hour seminar for Officers leaving active duty with less than 20 years of service. Learn how to market both leadership and management skills obtained on active duty to maximize opportunities in the civilian world. Participants meet with head hunters and HR representatives to make the most of their job search.
Please register at:

Business Transition Seminar (BTS)
Free 4-day seminar, taught by a variety of senior business executives, provides knowledge, tools, and practical application to thrive in the business world. Learn business organization, culture, expectations, trends, insights, and more. Gain an appreciation for how your unique military skills translate into civilian business roles and get a competitive edge to succeed. Useful transitioning information is also covered.
Please register at:

Executive Transition Assistance Seminar (ETAS) FOR RETIRING MILITARY Free 3-day seminar tailored for retiring service members entering the corporate world. Topics include resume writing, networking, interviewing and business attire. Highlights include practice interviewing with civilian executives and panel discussions. The program is scheduled around a large hiring event to add value. This fundamental information is critical in preparing for the transition process.
Please register at:



Transition Readiness Program

Bldg 13150 – View Map

Marine & Family Programs HQ

(760) 725-6324
Contact Via Email

Transition Readiness Facilities

Bldg 1339 – View Map

Leatherneck Lanes (Near the Base Theater)

(760) 763-1845

Bldg 1101 – View Map

Mainside Center

Mon–Fri 7am–4pm
Sat/Sun Closed

(760) 725-4360

Career Service Center

Bldg 13150 #308 – View Map

Mainside (Marine & Family Programs HQ)

Mon–Fri 7:30am–5pm
Sat/Sun Closed

(760) 725-4199

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