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Navy unveils new program for separating sailors

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy plans to unveil a program for sailors transitioning from active-duty Monday.

Called Transition GPS — which stands for Goals, Plans, Succeed —  the program is mandatory for all sailors separating, demobilizing or deactivating from an active-duty status of more than 180 days, according to a Navy Personnel Command statement. It replaces the popular Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which became integral to sailors affected by this year’s Enlisted Retention Board cuts.

The Navy said the revamped program will “better prepare servicemembers to transition to civilian life” by including pre-separation assessments and counseling, workshops, Veterans Affairs benefits briefings and financial planning support, the statement said. Participants will complete pre-separation checklists and develop an Individual Transition Plan to measure their progress.

Transitioning sailors should talk with their chain of command and command career counselor to receive pre-separation counseling and learn more about the new requirements, the statement said.

For more information, see the instruction at: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2012/NAV12334.txt or www.npc.navy.mil/CAREER/TRANSITION/Pages/TAP.aspx.

Staff reports

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