Transition Benefits: Separation Counseling Standardized Online

Story Number: NNS111011-05Release Date: 10/11/2011 2:14:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Oct. 7 the Fleet will convert to a standardized pre-separation checklist available online which will help ensure Sailors fully understand their eligibility and how to access transition services and benefits.

"Making the move from uniform to the civilian sector is an important transition which demands a Sailor's full attention in order to be successful," said Rear Adm. Martha Herb, director, personnel readiness and community support (N135). "These standardized checklists will ensure Sailors have a thorough understanding and access to the full range of benefits available to them, no matter where they are in the world."

NAVADMIN 300/11 guides Navy Career Counselors and separating Sailors to the Web sites where they can download the new versions of pre-separation counseling checklist for active component service members (DD Form 2648) and pre-separation counseling checklist for Reserve Component service members released from active duty (DD Form 2648-1).

These forms became mandatory Oct. 1, and will guide the legally mandated pre-separation counseling session for transitioning Sailors who have been on active duty for more than 180 days. This counseling should occur no later than 90 days before a Sailor's projected separation or retirement date.

Transition counselors can access these forms and the "Transition Assistance Program (TAP) User Access Guide," at To gain access, counselors should contact their local Fleet and Family Support Center TAP staff.

If counselors are unable to access the online tool, scannable forms will be available for download at

Standardized online separation counseling is one of many transition benefits available to separating Sailors including those affected by the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB).

For the latest ERB information visit Navy Personnel Command's ERB website;

To read NAVADMIN 300/11, visit

For more information from the Chief of Naval Personnel, visit

Sailors and Marines man-the-rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
August 31, 2011
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