Getting Out of the Navy
Transition GPS helps Sailors shift into civilian life
Sooner or later, every Sailor will wake up one day and put their uniform on for the very last time. Whether it's after 20 years of service, or just one enlistment, Sailors will eventually return back to the civilian world.
Fortunately, Transition Goals, Plans and Success (TGPS) is there to help.
"Transition Goals, Plans and Success is a five-day workshop program set up, for Sailors, to help get them ready to transition from military life to civilian life," said Ken White, the transition assistant and program manager for Fleet and Family Center San Diego. "Whether you're going to school or getting a job, no matter what area it is in, TGPS is there to help dispel any of the myths that you hear about getting out."
Topics covered during the training include pre-separation counseling, military to civilian crosswalk, a VA benefits briefing, financial planning support, and a job search skills-building workshop.
"Being away from the civilian sector for a while, you definitely want to acclimate back into it and be as current as possible," said Patrick Brasfield, a Navy life and family consultant. "You can expect to become better prepared to separate. Also, you can expect to gain a lot of resources. There's a lot of help out there and [we] will point you in the right direction."
The course, which can hold up to 50 Sailors, is mandatory for all who have served more than 180 continuous days on active duty. It is broken down into four parts: pre-separation counseling, a five-day workshop, career tracks and a capstone.
"This program helps people transition from one part of their life to the next," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Francesca Wright. "TGPS gives you all the tools you need and more for life outside the Navy. The one big thing I take back from this course is that I do have help, I do have options, and I can still use them when I transition out."