Naval Hospital Oak Harbor Implements a Sailors-in-Transition Program

Story Number: NNS140523-09Release Date: 5/23/2014 12:04:00 PM
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By Sharon McIntyre, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor Public Affairs

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (NNS) -- When an active duty service member is being involuntarily separated from the Navy, it can be unsettling to both the service member and their family.

To ease their transition to civilian life, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor (NHOH) has implemented a program entitled Sailors-in-Transition that is designed to address the needs of those affected staff members.

The first step in this program is for the soon-to-be separated member to meet with the commanding officer, executive officer, department head, chaplain, and command master chief for an interview/dialogue. During this confidential meeting, the group discusses career paths, educational opportunities, resources, and constructs a written plan of action.

After the plan is in place, the member is scheduled to attend the Fleet and Family Readiness sponsored Separatee Transition Goals Plans Success Program. This excellent weeklong program provides financial planning, career exploration, job searches, veterans benefits, as well as assisting with construction of a resume and evaluating interview skills.

When the separation date arrives, the departing staff member is armed with a strategy and the necessary resources needed to execute that plan. The goal of NHOH is to turn initial fears of the departure from military life to excitement of new opportunities in the civilian sector.

To date, 13 NHOH staff members have benefited from this program and another ten are scheduled to begin their next adventure.

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