Transition Benefits: Many Are Available to All Sailors


Story Number: NNS111216-01Release Date: 12/16/2011 12:20:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Monique K. Hilley, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- All Sailors transitioning out of the Navy are encouraged to visit their Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to receive information on all of the services and benefits available to them.

Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) FFSC's offer transition assistance services to prepare separating and retiring service members and their families with the skills, tools and self-confidence needed to ensure successful re-entry into the civilian workforce.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to enhance personal readiness, speed the attainment of career milestones, and return Sailors to the civilian community.

Pre-separation counseling, benefits and financial considerations during a career change, employment assistance, relocation assistance, and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop provided by the Department of Labor are just a few of the many services available at FFSC's worldwide.

The TAP workshop covers many topics including employment skills verification, individual skills assessment, pre-separation counseling, an understanding of the civilian workplace, job search process, federal employment opportunities, financial management, interview techniques, resume preparation, networking, VA benefits eligibility, salary negotiation, job training opportunities, educational opportunities, spouse employment and relocation assistance.

The TAP workshop is mandatory for all Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) selected Sailors and highly encouraged for all personnel departing the military service.

Career Options and Navy Skills Evaluations Program (CONSEP) is also available to Sailors with 12-24 months remaining on their current contract that are either first-term Sailors or mid-career Sailors with 6-12 years of active duty.

CONSEP is a 32-hour workshop providing enlisted Sailors with comprehensive military and civilian career information enabling students to make informed decisions concerning their career path. During CONSEP, Sailors will be offered personalized "career coaching" services free of charge for both themselves and their family members.

Sailors looking for further transition assistance resources can access TurboTAP at www.TurboTAP.org for 24/7 access to helpful pre-separation and transition guides, employment, education, relocation and benefits checklists and more. Other information about career options and employment opportunities is available at www.careeronestop.org, a Department of Labor website.

Complete information about all of the transition assistance resources available through CNIC and FFSC's worldwide can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil.

For any questions or more information about the Enlisted Retention Board visit the ERB website at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/boards/ERB/Pages/default2.aspx.


For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander, Navy Installations Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cni/.

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