To provide quality and timely transition services to Soldiers and their Family members. This branch will complete separation services for Officer/Enlisted Retirements, Unqualified and Involuntary Separations to include Medical Separations and Medical Retirements; Voluntary Separations and others. All separations are IAW AR 635-200 for Enlisted and AR 600-8-24 for Officers.
Transition Assistance Program
We are open and working by appointment only, Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All TAP requirements must be met prior to separation or retirement. If you are unsure of the TAP requirements or want to check your status, contact 410-306-2333/2358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
External site: Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Separation orders are published up to 120 days prior to Expiration Term of Service (ETS) or ETS/ESA Expiration of Service Agreement (ESA) date. ETS is the completion date of Enlisted Soldier's contract; ESA is the completion date of Officer's commitment.
Soldiers may pick up copies of their orders from their unit personnel office, which will be distributed upon completion of a pre-separation briefing.
Pre-Separation briefings are held on a one-on-one basis at the Soldier Support Center.
Soldiers whose term of service expires, become eligible for discharge or release from active duty on a Saturday, Sunday or legal Holiday may consent to being discharged, released or transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves on the last working day prior to their scheduled date of discharge or release. This includes soldiers within 30 days of their ETS who return to the continental United States for separation.
This allows them to receive their DD Form 214 on their actual discharge or release date.
Soldiers who ETS/ETA should attend the SFL/VA/Other Service workshop 12 months prior to their scheduled separation date and the DOL workshop 10 months prior to scheduled separation date.
Soldiers may submit their application for retirement, through their respective personnel office and chain of command, no earlier than one year prior to the anticipated date of retirement.
Transition staff will provide multiple counseling services on a one-to-one basis for a variety of retirement topics to include: retirement rights, benefits, and privileges; assistance with the completing and processing of the Data for Payment of Retired Personnel form (DD Form 2656); desk side pre-retirement briefings, retirement application processing, retirement orders, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) processing, and final out-processing procedures. Additional questions or for assistance, contact 410-306-2323/2345; DSN: 458-2323/2345.
Retirement ceremonies are scheduled by the Garrison Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Plans and Operations Division. The ceremonies are generally scheduled on the last Thursday of each month beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Building 3074 Dickson Hall, Ball Conference Room.
Retirement Service Officer/ Post-Retirement Services
Transition staff will provide the following services on a one-to-one basis:
- Counsels and assists survivors of retired Soldiers and Soldiers who die on active duty regarding their SBP options and entitlements, and the proper processing of their SBP elections, which includes counseling on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and its relationship to SBP.
- Currently conducts an optional half-day annual Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD).
- Provides information and filing assistance for the "Annuities for Certain Military Surviving Spouses (ACMSS)
- Provides information and assistance to Soldiers, spouses, and former spouses regarding the Uniformed Services Former Spouse's Protection Act (USFSPA).
- Assists/advises retired Soldiers in understanding and applying for combat-related special compensation
- Provides information to retired Soldiers on concurrent retirement and disability payments
- Assists retired Soldiers and family members in obtaining copies of lost documents, re-issuance of military awards and issuance of military ID Cards.
- Provides retired Soldiers and their families with information and referrals on a myriad of other benefit entitlements