Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS)

What is Transition GPS?

Transition GPS is a redesigned transition assistance program that ensures service members and their families are well prepared for civilian life. The program provides extensive tools, education and support needed for a successful transition from military service to the civilian community.

In the Transition GPS program, service members and their families will assess what interests them the most in the workplace and learn how to increase their marketability so they may obtain a job in their ideal career field.

Transition services are designed to make the move to civilian life smooth and successful.  Active duty, please sign up through your Command Career Counselor. For questions, contact Fleet & Family Support Center (Blue) at 360-396-4115.

Transition GPS

This 5-day curriculum ensures service members are adequately prepared for civilian life by meeting specific Career Readiness Standards (CRS) during their transition process. Participants will depart the military “career ready” and with strategies that augment the job search process in today's market.

When to attend?
Active duty members may attend Transition GPS 12 months prior to separation or 24 months prior to retirement, and is required no later than 90 days prior to separation.
* Please refer to “Plain Talk for Sailors” for your complete Transition Countdown.

Pre-separation Counseling (Prerequisite to the 5-day Workshop)

The first step in the transition process is pre-separation counseling. During this counseling, given by the service member’s Command Career Counselor, service members will complete VA eBenefits registration, discuss documents needed for Transition GPS, and complete the Pre-separation Counseling Checklist eForm 2648, which is to be signed by the service member and the Command Career Counselor prior to the 5-day Transition GPS workshop.

5-day Transition GPS Workshop

Day 1: Transition overview, resilient transitions, financial planning, and Military Occupational Code (MOC) Crosswalk
Days 2 - 4: Department of Labor Employment Workshop
Day 5: Department of Veterans Affairs: overview of VA Benefits

Check-in begins Mondays at 7 am & Tuesday - Friday classes begin at 7:30 am.

What to bring to Transition GPS workshop:

  • Proof of VA eBenefits registration (non-CAC login)
  • Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET)
  • Joint Service Transcript (JST)
  • Credit Report (
  • Last three Evaluations
  • Notebook, pen, USB drive, GoWifi account (visit your local Fleet & Family Support Center to get an account)
  • Brown Bag presenters are possible Monday through Friday, if you are interested, bring your lunch and network with employers/recruiters.
  • It is also recommended that the service member bring a copy of a personality assessment (such as O*Net).
  • Students will also be filling out a Financial Planning Worksheet in preparation for the mandatory Capstone event.


Attendance to Transition GPS is mandated so personnel should not stand command duty and appointments must not be scheduled during class. Active duty service members must sign up through their Command Career Counselors. Spouses are welcome to accompany their service member to the course if space is available. Note: spouse may attend without the service member.

Attire will be appropriate business casual civilian attire or the uniform of the day. Grooming standards apply and are enforced.

Executive Transition GPS

Executive Transition GPS provides separating and retiring service members (E9, W4/W5, O5, O6) and their families with the skills, tools, and self-confidence necessary to successfully re-enter the civilian work force.

Transition GPS Career Tracks

Career tracks are offered as additional opportunities to meet the needs of the transitioning service members and to help them attain the mandatory Career Readiness Standards (CRS).

Active Duty Service Members, contact your Command Career Counselor for registration. Spouses, call 866-854-0638.

Accessing Higher Education

This 2-day workshop is designed to help those thinking about going to college get all of the information they need to make the best decisions for their goals and their family. Participants will research institutes of higher learning and their various degree options. Common questions and concerns like how many classes are required to complete a degree or certificate, pros and cons of online or on-campus, the number of military credits that can be transferred, the total cost of the program to the Service Member — as well as GI Bill, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), loans, grants and scholarships are all discussed. For example, does the college offer a Health Sciences major and Nutrition minor? Are GI Bill benefits the same for online and part time students? Does the university have a Student Veteran's of America chapter? Participants will leave with a better understanding of the resources available to them throughout the college process from admission to graduation.

Recommended for students to bring:

Career Technical Training

This 2-day workshop is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in a trade or technical field or enrollment in an apprenticeship program. Similar to the Accessing Higher Education Track, this course guides participants to select an occupational industry and evaluate their needs. Workforce expectations such as general salary averages, job growth in today's economy and best geographic locations for each vocation are discussed. Participants select Technical Schools to compare several factors: number of credits needed for completion, credit transfers, licensure requirements, time it takes to complete the program, tuition costs and fees, GI Bill acceptance and admission standards. At the end of the two day course, participants should leave with a clear understanding of what they need to do to reach their technical or vocational career goals, as well as what they can expect in their chosen industry.

Recommended for students to bring:


This 2-day workshop is for those interested in self-employment. After a self-assessment, attendees will outline a detailed business plan with the assistance and guidance of the Small Business Administration and its partners. This plan covers basic foundations like describing the business and describing the customer. Attendees research potential competition, find suppliers and office space, and consider technological needs, all with the help of experienced small business owners. Attendees will also review marketing strategies, finances, taxes, and legal issues. At the end of the course, those interested in more intensive levels of training and business planning may access the Small Business Administration's 8-week online course.

Recommended for students to bring:

  • Notebook, pen, USB drive
  • Gap Analysis (completed on day 1 of Transition GPS)


Capstone is the final step of the transition process and is mandatory. This event evaluates preparedness to successfully transition from a military to civilian career and to validate that CRS are met. If additional assistance is needed, transition staff will provide a warm handover to the appropriate partner agency or local resource (i.e. Department of Labor, Veterans Affairs, WorkSource, etc.).

When to attend?
Capstone reservations must be made by Command Career Counselors after completing Pre-separation Counseling and the Transition GPS 5-day workshop. Service members are required to complete the Capstone event no later than 90 days before separation. The ideal window for Capstone is 150-90 days prior to separation/retirement.

Recommended for students to bring:

  • Prepared 12-month Post-separation Budget (Financial Planning Worksheet)
  • Proof of eBenefits registration (non-CAC login)
  • Completed Gap Analysis
  • Licensure, certification and apprenticeship documentation if applicable
  • Completed job application package: resume, references, and two completed job applications or a job offer letter
  • Department of Labor Gold Card
  • Copy of completed “assessment tool” such as O*Net or Kuder Assessment

* Transition consultants go over each of these items in depth during the 5-day Transition GPS workshop.

Skillbridge Program

NAVADMIN 222_15: The DoD Skillbridge initiative connects civilian businesses and other companies with available training or internship opportunities that offer a high probability of employment with sailors who are separating; these services are provided at little or no cost to the Sailor. Those who meet certain qualifications, with command approval, can participate in civilian job and employment skills training, including apprenticeships and internships, up to six months prior to separation.

If you are interested in the Skillbridge program, please contact your local Fleet & Family Support Center at 1-866-854-0638 to help you navigate the process.

Your participant package should consist of:

  • Participant Package Checklist - PDF or Word
  • Skillbridge Application - PDF or Word
  • Skillbridge Sample MOU - PDF or Word


NRNW Skillbridge Programs:

  • Onward to Opportunity - Flyer & MOU
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Military Master Class (Everett Community College) - Flyer, MOU & FAQs
  • JBLM Career Skills Programs - Menu of Options

Upcoming Transition Events

No events are scheduled at this time.