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Understanding the Language of Transition

Understanding the Transition Jargons

If you are up for a transition, you might already know how complex this process can seem at times. Moreover, the terminology used in this process can be very confusing as well. For example, do you actually know the difference between being Discharged and Separated? Certainly not. The following list will help you understand the process better-

  1. Separation- Separation is a general term that is used to determine things like, release from the custody, discharge, release from the duty, release from the control of the Armed Forces, the process of transferring to the IRR, and various other changes that take place in reserve or active status.
  2. Discharge- Complete removal from all the military statuses that are gained by induction concerned or enlistment.
  3. Transition Benefits- These are the benefits that are provided for assisting the Serviceman during their period of transition. There are some specific types of Transition Benefits that will completely depend on the characterization and nature of the discharge.
  4. Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) – This program is the outcome of the Transition Assistance Program, and is based on the modular curriculum of the program that has standardized objectives of learning. It completely changes the way in which the military readies the servicemen for their transition. It is a combination of curriculum and modules that are individually chosen as per the education, technical training, and the entrepreneurship of the servicemen. The Transition GPS is specifically designed to create the skills in the serviceman that makes them completely ready for finding a job after leaving the military.
  5. Career Readiness Standards- This is the scale on which a serviceman is measured by the DoD with reference to their preparedness of facing the civilian life. This is a pre-set group of goals that the serviceman should achieve before transitioning to a civilian career. The CRS is solely focused on the experience and the skills of the serviceman that they gained while working in the military. This is created to make sure that the serviceman departs from the military and is completely prepared to face the civilian life with all the required skills and qualifications.
  6. Military Life Cycle Transition Model– The MLC Transition Model keeps a check on the ‘Civilian Life-Preparedness’ of a serviceman throughout the military careers. There are various ‘Touch Points’ that are defined by the MLC that provide the serviceman with an opportunity to match the military skills with civilian goals.

The serviceman will also be made aware of their CRS that they need to achieve before the time that they separate from the service. These skills are very much important for every transitioning servicemen, as based on this they can get an education, work with  a private company, or run their own business. The MLC ensures that the transition of the serviceman is successful, and allows the serviceman to take intelligent career decisions.

These are some of the most common terms that might be used during your transition process, and now that you know their meaning, everything related to the transition will be a little easier to understand.

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