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					                                                                   TRANSITION TIMELINE
Put in your Date-of-Separation (DOS) in A4 and the date you start terminal leave in B4 (put DOS in B4 if not taking terminal leave)
DOS        Start Terminal Leave/PTDY
  1-May-07    1-Mar-07

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                                                                    REQUIRED DEADLINES
These are either required appointments or issues that should be completed by a certain date. More information on these
items is given during the Preseparation Briefing (you can place X in box below "Completed" to show task is finished)
Completed                                                                                                      Earliest              Latest
              Preseparation Briefing                                                                                      1-May-05            31-Jan-07

              Attend TAP Seminar - USMC personnel must complete prior to separation.                                      1-May-05            28-Oct-07

              Attend VA Benefits Briefing                                                                                 1-May-05            31-Jan-07

              Attend DTAP (If necessary)                                                                                  1-May-05            31-Jan-07

              VA Pre-Discharge Appt                                                                                       2-Nov-06            15-Jan-07

              VA Vocational Testing                                                                                       2-Nov-06            30-Apr-08

              VGLI transfer (voluntary program)                                                                           1-May-07            29-Aug-07

              Survivor Benefit Plan Briefing                                                                              2-Nov-06             1-Jan-07

              Survivor Benefit Plan Selection                                                                             2-Mar-07            17-Mar-07

              Enrollment in Tricare Prime                                                                      (See Comment Box)

                                                                   RECOMMENDED DEADLINES
The following deadlines may not have a firm date for completion, but they are suggested for a smooth transition; you can also alter the
formula to fit your specific plans (as you complete each section, you can hide it by highlighting the rows, click 'Format'-'Row'-'Hide')
Completed   24 Months Prior to Anticipated Separation                                                                1-Mar-05       1-May-06
            Develop a comprehensive Individual Transition Plan
            Establish a financial plan to be prepared for transition to civilian life
            Assess job skills and interests to determine how they relate to job market (take vocational interest inventory)

Completed   180 Days Prior to Separation                                                                           2-Sep-06         2-Nov-06
            Review Preseparation Counseling Checklist (DD Form 2648)
            Research job market, start making a list of possible employers
            Review and make a copy of personnel records
            Discuss with family possible options about career and where to live next

Completed   150 Days Prior to Separation                                                                            2-Oct-06        2-Dec-06
            Seek help if stress of transition to civilian life becomes too much to handle
            Start networking: Contact friends/key contacts in private sector who can help in finding a job
            Begin attending job fairs
            Develop a fall-back plan in case first career plan falls through
            Research specific job possibilities, job markets, and the economic condition in the geographic areas of choice

Completed   120 Days Prior to Separation                                                                           1-Nov-06          1-Jan-07
            Download Verification of Military Experience and Training (DD Form 2586)
            Seek assistance from transition office after completing first draft of resume
            Schedule mock interview with transition office
            If seeking Federal employment, check job listing at USAJOBS, explore hiring opportunities for veterans, and complete Federal resume
            Continue to network
            Visit the Relocation Assistance Program Office to learn about relocation options, entitlements and assistance
            If you live in government housing, arrange for a pre-inspection and obtain termination information
            Review educational benefits you are eligible for under MGIB and other VA education programs and application procedures
            If planning to go back to school, check with school about academic entry exams or college admission test that
            may be required; get information from Education Office on how to schedule exam
            Obtain copy of SMART or CCAF transcript
            Schedule separation physical examination
            Explore health and life insurance options
            Contact VA to obtain details on VA medical benefits/enrollment procedures

Completed   90 Days Prior to Separation                                                                            1-Dec-06        31-Jan-07
            Start subscription to major newspaper in the area you are moving to and start replying to want ads
            You and spouse (if applicable) should start utilizing automated job search resources:
            Transition Bulletin Board
            DoD Transportal
            DoD Job Search
            Begin assembling a wardrobe for interviewing and continue to network
            If you know where you are moving, arrange for transportation counseling and learn about options for shipment
            and storage of household goods
            Seek free legal advice for preparing a will or other legal questions (ensure you have received post-government
            service restriction counseling)
            Schedule final Dental Exam through military clinic

Completed   60 Days Prior to Separation                                                                          31-Dec-06     2-Mar-07
            Begin planning a visit to the area you plan to move to
            Continue to send out resume; include in your cover letter the date you plan to move to the area
            Continue to network

Completed   30 Days Prior to Separation                                                                            30-Jan-07   1-Apr-07
            Visit area to which you plan to move, attend job interviews, visit Local Veterans Employment Rep at state
            employment agency, and a private employment agency if interested
            Continue to network
            Check with State Department of Veterans Affairs for benefits/programs available to veterans living in that state
            Review and get a certified true copy of medical and dental records
            Complete Veteran's Affairs Disability Application (VA Form 21-526) - if you did not participate in the
            VA Pre-Discharge Program - and turn it in to Separations section in Personnel
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