Transition Readiness Program (TRP) provides our transitioning Marines and their families with the resources and tools needed to reach their personal goals and includes a standardized core curriculum.

The Transition Readiness Program (TRP) provides career/employment assistance, vocational guidance, and transition information to separating service members and their family members. The tools and information provided prepares all separating Marines and their family members to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.

References:  MCO 1700.31, NDAA-FY19, MARADMIN 632/19

Services offered:

  • Career Coaching
  • Resume Review
  • Employment Readiness Workshops
  • Education & Training Opportunities
  • On-site Resource Library
  • Computer Lab with Internet access, and copy machine

CRMC Workshops:

  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Search Strategies
  • How to Navigate a Job Fair
  • Survivor Benefit Plan
  • Federal Job Search
  • Job Search through Social Media

Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS)

All transitioning service members are required to receive Initial Counseling, Pre-Separation Counseling attend the Transition Readiness Seminar, and Capstone.   Completion of these requirements are good for 2 years. Retirees are recommended to attend TRS up to two years prior to retirement and separatees should attend within 12 to 14 months from separation.

Mandatory Components of the TRS

  • VA Benefits Brief
  • DOL 1-Day:  employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (EFCT)
  • DOL 2-Day:  Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW)
  • Resilience
  • Financial Planning for Transition
  • Military Occupational Codes (MOC) Crosswalk

Initial Counseling and Pre-Separation Counseling Workshop is required to be completed prior to attending TRS.   Marines must coordinate TRS attendance through their Unit Transition Coordinator (UTC).

Additional Two-Day Tracks:

Career/Technical Track: Learn how to find the appropriate certification, licensure, or training for the desired skill or occupation.

Accessing Higher Education Track: A track designed to educate attendees on the process for obtaining a college degree.  

This track is for those pursuing an undergraduate degree. For information on pursuing a graduate degree or professional school, contact a P&PD or Education Advisor.

Boots 2 Business Track: Designed to provide basic knowledge about starting a business, joining an existing business, or buying a franchise. Attendees will gain insight about what it means to be an entrepreneur from  the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other SMEs.

Career Fairs/Networking Events: Career Fairs bring local, national, and global employment options to service members who will be separating or retiring and military spouses.

SkillBridge Programs: Programs that offer internships, on-the-job-training, or fellowships to transitioning Marines with at least 180 days left to separation/retirement.  Participants gain knowledge and labor market skills that allow them to meet current job skill requirements in various industries.  Find out more about SkillBridge on the MCCS website:

For Marines, the transition process begins with your Unit Transition Coordinator (UTC). Contact your

UTC to get instructions on how to begin the transition process. If you are a Marine on a Marine Corps installation outside of MCB Quantico, contact the UTC at your unit/installation. If you are a Marine Reservist or Marine on I&I Duty outside of MCB Quantico, contact the P&PD Manager at MARFORRES Cynthia.nothstein@usmc.cmil for Transition Readiness assistance. For other services, contact the UTC equivalent for your branch of service.


  1. Identify your Unit Transition Coordinator (UTC) and make contact to receive instructions on how to schedule Initial Counseling.
  2. Initial Counseling (IC) - Complete IC no LESS than 365 days from your EAS/Retirement. It recommended you take this step as soon as possible before the 365 day mark to have as much time as possible to create your individual transition plan.
  3. Pre- Separation Counseling (Pre-Sep) - Complete Pre-Sep no LESS than 365 days from your EAS/Retirement.
  4. Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS): Separatees should attend TRS 12-14 months prior to EAS but no later than 6 months prior to EAS. Retirees should attend TRS 18-24 months prior to their retirement date but no later than 6 months prior to retirement.Steps One through Three must be completed prior to Step Four - attending TRS
  5. Capstone Review: Completion is required no LESS than 120 from EAS/Retirement.
  6. Capstone Verification: Completion is required no LESS than 90 days from EAS/Retirement.
  7. Print your DD Form 2648 and provide a copy to IPAC. Personal & Professional Development Advisors are available to assist you with setting and obtaining your transition goals. You will meet your Advisor during Step One – Initial Counseling.

Contact Information

Transition Readiness

3019 Embry Loop
Quantico, VA 22134


Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
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