Stars and Stripes Delivers Its New Transition Guide for Service Members Planning to Leave the Military for Civilian Life

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Trading active-duty military status for a civilian career involves planning and unforeseen stressors that the Stars and Stripes Transition Guide seeks to address.

Stars and Stripes Transition Guide

A guide for servicemembers leaving the military.

An incredibly important tool — a head start, if you will — for service members looking toward their future outside of the military.

Stars and Stripes Transition Guide gives military men and women an excellent, durable resource for successfully navigating their reentry into civilian life.

From its detailed explanation of benefits available through the Veterans Administration to its step-by-step planning tools, the guide breaks the process of transitioning down into manageable stages.

Central to the publication is a description of the new "Transition GPS" curriculum within the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), recently redesigned by the Department of Defense in partnership with several other organizations. Key to developing the new Transition GPS are the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor, Small Business Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management, aided by the Department of Education and representatives of the President’s economic and domestic policy teams.

“The resources and advice from all of the Federal agencies involved in the Transition GPS curriculum make this guide an incredibly important tool — a head start, if you will — for service members looking toward their future outside of the military,” said Nicole Rice, Transition Guide editor.

The Transition Guide began distribution in print on May 31 in Stars and Stripes newspaper editions overseas and on selected military bases in the United States. It is also available online at

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