SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy released an online transition assistance handbook to aid sailors who are leaving the service.

The purpose of the new handbook is to provide a centralized place for sailors to look for services and benefits and comes immediately following the completion of 16,000 military service record reviews and recommendations from the Navy’s enlisted retention board, which was tasked with trimming 3,000 sailors from the ranks, according to a Navy news release.

The handbook includes useful websites, information on counseling services and transition programs, and special section for sailors chosen for separation, the release said. It also includes information for sailors who plan on retiring or transitioning to the Selected Reserve and National Guard.

The handbook was drafted by the Navy Personnel Command and released on their website Nov. 4. The handbook is available at

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