January 5, 2012 PLAIN TALK FOR SAILORS Transition Assistance available to the Fleet Navy leadership is committed to meaningful and effective transition assistance for all Sailors separating from the Navy, whether after four years or thirty years of service. This edition of Plain Talk for Sailors highlights benefits available to all Sailors as part of Navy’s comprehensive transition support strategy, and also identifies tailored assistance available to Sailors not selected for retention by the FY 12 Enlisted Retention Board (ERB). Existing Transition Assistance Benefits for All Sailors To ensure Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers conduct Transition Assistance Program (TAP) each Sailor workshops and provide assistance with resume writing, financial counseling, relocation is optimally counseling, questions about Veteran’s benefits, and educational benefits and opportunities. prepared for The Office of Civilian Human Resources (OCHR) provides Sailors and veterans with the transition, it is information to continue federal service as a government civilian and explains the hiring process. The “Shipmates to Workmates” initiative assists Sailors seeking job opportunities for a imperative that government civilian career with Navy commands such as NAVSEA, NAVAIR, SPAWAR, every leader NAVFAC, NAVSUP, CNIC and Military Sealift Command (MSC). in the chain of Qualified Sailors can compete for a Selected Reserve quota via Perform to Serve (PTS). command take All Sailors separating involuntarily are eligible for temporary duty for job hunting; Transitional an active role TRICARE coverage for six months and the option to purchase health care coverage through thein the transition Continued Health Care Benefit Program; commissary and exchange benefits for two years after process. separation; and involuntary separation pay. Tailored Assistance for Sailors separated by the ERB All Sailors separated by the ERB are required to attend a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop. (See your CCC to obtain a workshop quota.) The Career Transition Office (CTO) helps active duty Sailors transition to the Navy Reserve. Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) will approve waivers for Sailors with less than one year remaining on active duty to allow time to obtain civilian licenses and certifications aligned with their job or rating prior to their transition. Sailors assigned overseas or currently on deployment are provided a minimum of 60 days in the continental United States prior to separation to ease their transition into the civilian sector. Routinely check NPC ERB webpages for updates to benefits and services available; download the Transition Handbook; review Transition News and FAQs. The Navy has contracted with Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. (CGC) to provide personalized career coaching and job search assistance to Sailors being released from active duty by the FY12 ERB. Services begin 3 JAN 2012 and are provided at no cost to the Sailor. Contact CGC Coaches via toll free number (800-971-4288) or email (CGCUSNavy@ challengergray.com). Work with your Coach to establish an account on the CGC website. (You will start at https://www.icareermanager.com/login/challengerTops/login.aspx.) Services provided include: career assessment, professionally-produced resume, job search coach, one-on-one best practice training, customized job search marketing plan, interview practice, networking plan, job leads, corporate connections/career fairs, job bank. For more information, contact the NPC Customer Support Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672) or firstname.lastname@example.org. View an electronic version of this document (with active hyperlinks) on the NPC (www.npc.navy.mil) Enlisted Retention Board page.
More information and supporting resourcesPre-separation counseling ensures separating service members have the opportunity to learn more about the transitionservices and benefits available to assist them and their families as they prepare to transition to civilian life. The followingis a list of useful websites for eligible service members.Navy Enlisted Continuation/Retention Boards Relocation Assistance www.npc.navy.mil/boards/enlistedcontinuation www.defensetravel.osd.milNPC Customer Service Center http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/travelreg.cfm www.npc.navy.mil/organization/npc/csc www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil (special needs) 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (827-5672) www.move.mil Housing Counseling AssistanceFleet and Family Support Center Services http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD www.ffsp.navy.mil (1-877-424-3838)Military One Source GI Bill and other Educational Assistance Programs www.MilitaryOneSource.com www.gibill.va.govTransition Planning www.dol.gov/vets/programs/licert/main.htm www.TurboTap.org www.dmdc.osd.mil/vmet (Verification of Military Experience and Training)Veteran’s Preference www.dantes.doded.mil/ http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ www.cool.navy.milJob Search and Placement Assistance https://usmap.cnet.navy.mil www.TurboTAP.org www.careeronestop.org/CREDENTIALING/ www.hirevetsfirst.dol.gov CredentialingHome.asp www.careeronestop.org/jobsearch/cos_jobsites.aspx www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov www.proudtoserveagain.com (Troops to Teachers) www.studentveterans.org www.usajobs.opm.gov www.online.onetcenter.org/crosswalk www.go-defense.com Department of VA Compensation and Vocational http://www.doleta.gov Rehabilitation Benefits http://www.employerpartnership.org www.va.gov http://www.vetsuccess.gov www.vba.va/gov/bln/21/ www.mynetxmov.org www.vetcenter.va.govSmall Business Administration and the National Veterans www.va.gov/healtheligibility/Business Development Corporation www.vba.gov/predischarge http://archive.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/ovbd/ www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets www.score.org Medical and Dental Coverage and Health Care ConversionPriority of Service for Veterans www.health.mil/InTransition/default.aspx http://www.opm.gov www.tricare.mil http://www.fedshirevets.gov www.tricare.mil/mybenefit www.cpms.osd.mil/NAFPPO/NAFPPO_index.aspx www.tricare.mil/dental/TRDP_Eligibility.cfm www.msepjobs.com (military spouse employment program) www.humana-military.comUniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights www.insurance.va.gov/index.htm (VGLI)Act (USERRA) www.npc.navy.mil/support/casualty/benefits/Pages/SGLI.aspx www.dol.gov/vets www.npc.navy.mil/casualty/FSGLI/Pages/default.aspxSelected Reserve Opportunities Mental Health Services and Treatment http://www.npc.navy.mil/career/transition www.Nationalresourcedirectory.gov http://www.navyreserve.com www.vetcenter.va.gov ww1.va.gov/health/index.aspFinancial Planning www.tsp.gov Legal Assistance www.defenselink.mil/militarypay http://legalassistance.law.af.mil/content/locator.php https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx Two-year Commissary and Exchange Privileges www.militarymoney.com www.commissaries.com This Sailor user aid is a product of NPC BUPERS-32 with support from the OPNAV N16 Fleet Introduction Team. Please address comments and feedback to Mr Randy Miller, email@example.com