Transitioning to Civilian Life DOD Perspective
Quick note: This article is just as important for civilians to read as it is current active duty service members and veterans. This will provide better insight into the beginnings of the transitional process while still serving on active duty.
In October of 2013, The White House Economic and Domestic Policy Council commissioned an Interagency taskforce, charged with creating a new governance structure for the Department of Defense (DOD) Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for Separating Service Members *(See the agency task force list below). The central focus for the agencies was, “collaborative efforts will be to successfully transition ‘career ready’ Service members to the civilian …show more content…
The second part is on the program. The TAP program is designed to give the transitioning service member a ‘Macro-level download’ of information in a check the block format. So many service members decide they will find the information out on their own, and figure it out as they go. This is the wrong answer, and both frames of thinking must be corrected.
Moreover, found within the Interagency Statement of Intent, is the following statement about the implementation of a “Military Life Cycle” transition model; “Transition preparation for Service members should occur over the entire span of their military careers-not just in the last few months of their military service.” While this broad and astute statement is obvious, what does that actually mean for the Service members?
For example, say I am one year out from my contract expiring, and I decided to leave the military, when do I actually begin the real transition process? Is it 180 days out, or 90 days out? What is the new standard? Is it up to the commanders’ discretion in that individuals Service member’s unit up to a certain point? Has this new policy made any real on the ground changes for transitioning service members, meaning are they just on constant CQ and Staff Duty rotation and then attend standard “check the block” classes on their other days until they are out?
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What this means to me reading up on this is that i need to stop worrying so much about performing physically and expecting it to carry me through my military career and start becoming proficient in all areas and applying myself in areas that might not mean so much to me, or that i don't understand. Also i think i've learned that i need to stop relying on my own knowledge and start becoming a sponge to those who have been in longer than i, and when i am told to do something take it or not to do something to take it to heart and not do it again because it not only comes with punishment but also loss of credibility of those who are in charge of me. Credibility and trust are essential when working with a team of men like we do everyday, so i am going to try my best to be the best and most professional soldier i can be even when no one is looking.
Its six months before your military retirement date. You have made several preparations for your transition into the civilian world. The one thing you want to do is make sure you have all the checks in the block so that you have a smooth transition where you do not have to worry about anything after you have gone on terminal leave. Even though through the leadership and management styles picked up through a military career, you think you are ready to step out in the civilian world. Military personnel must realize that their lives will soon change; some may have a difficult time transitioning. Suddenly it is your last day in the military. Shock has come upon you. Either let the stress get to you and
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