Transition is a process, not an event
Pre-transition processing gives the Soldier and spouse relevant information in advance of separation to facilitate planning for a successful transition to civilian life, and clearly communicates the benefits and opportunities available through participation in the USAR or ARNG.
The Pre-transition process is initiated by the Military Personnel Division Transition Center as follows:
- For normal transition dates, Soldiers will be notified by the MPD via email 180 days before the effective date of transition (ETS date).
- For separation prior to the normal transition date, Soldiers will be notified by the MPD via email once the separation action is reflecting in the HR system of record. Once a Soldier is identified for separation, they are required to begin separation processing to include but not limited to, attending the pre-separation briefing, beginning the Transitions Assistance Program (TAP), completing their separation health assessment and begin planning or requesting terminal leave.
The following timelines apply to all transitioning Soldiers (not retirements):
- Soldiers are notified 180 days prior to their ETS date by the MPD via email.
- Soldiers will immediately view the pre-separation briefing online.
- NLT 120 prior to the ETS date Soldiers will submit all documents on the TC checklist (AMIM-HM Form 53) through the S1 to the email address on the form.
- Soldiers will receive orders NLT 90 days prior to their ETS date.
Separation prior to the normal transition date:
- Soldier will be notified as soon as they have been identified for separation in the HR system of record by the MPD via email.
- Soldier will immediately view the pre-separation briefing online.
- Within 15 business days or as applicable Soldiers being chaptered will submit all documents on the TC checklist (AMIM-HM Form 53) through the S1 to the email address on the form.
- The chapter packet will be hand caried to the TC once complete.
- Soldiers being chaptered will received their orders NLT 10 days after the packet and all necessary documents have ben submitted to the TC.
- Soldiers being involuntarily separated will always have an escort when visiting the MPD/TC.
*** Escorts must be senior in grade to the Soldier being separated and at a minimum a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).
Minimum processing time for the Transition Center is 10 days, this does not include the 10 duty days allowed to clear the unit and installation – Plan Accordingly
Soldiers will be given appointments to pick up their clearing papers and final-out when they receive their orders. Soldiers are allowed 10 duty days to clear the installation
The Transition Center:
Publishes separation orders
DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
The DD Form 214 is the most important military documents a Soldier receives. It is a snap shot of your military career and the completion and accuracy of it is invaluable.
Separation briefings are now being conducted virtually.
In Country Separations (ICS)
An In Country Separation is required for anyone intending to separate from and take leave within the Republic of Korea before or after their separation date.
(If you do not have an approved In Country Separation prior to taking transitional/terminal leave ALL of your Korea Entitlements will stop.)
UNQUALIFIED RESIGNATION (UQR)
No early than (NET) 12 months no later than (NLT) 6 months prior to requested separation date.
Soldiers will be given appointments to pick up their clearing papers and final-out when they receive their orders. Soldiers are allowed 10 duty days to clear the installation.