The Transition Readiness Program (TRP) ensures that Marines are prepared for their transition from military to civilian life and provides Marines and their families with the tools and resources needed to pursue the Department of Defense directed Career Readiness Standards.

Transition 365 is Here! Are you ready for Change?

TRS is currently a week-long program required by Title 10 for all Active Duty and Reserve Marines who have served a minimum of 180 consecutive days on Active Duty. Currently, Marines are encouraged to begin TRS within 12-14 months of their EAS or within 24 months of their retirement, but no later than 180 days from EAS or Retirement (per MCO 1700.31).

USMC Transition Process Changes as of October 1, 2019, the process will include:
The updated transition process will be more tailored to post-separation goals, and Marines will be required to start the process earlier to develop a smoother transition to civilian life.

Initial Counseling requirement – No later than 365 days from EAS
Updated required training during TRS – No later than 180 days from EAS


Beginning 1 October 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will require completion of an Initial Counseling and the Pre-Separation Counseling brief PRIOR to attending TRS. Retirees may attend these components up to 24 months prior to EAS but must do so no later than 12 months from EAS. Separatees may complete the components up to 18 months prior to EAS but must do so no later than 12 months from EAS.


Attendees will discuss their transitional goals, receive relevant resource referral, and review options for supplemental workshops and training. Initial counseling must be completed prior to the Pre-Separation Counseling Brief. You must register for Initial Counseling via EventBrite.

Pre-work must be completed prior to your Initial Counseling. Instructions can be found here:
Initial Counseling and Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) Checklist

Per MCO 1700.31 & MARADMIN 632/19, the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) is the mandatory training course for separating Service Members. Separatees may attend as early as 18 months prior to EAS, but must do so no later than 180 days from EAS. Retirees may attend as early as 24 months from EAS, but must do so no later than 180 days from EAS. Pre-Retirement TRS is provided during the first two full weeks of each month.


Attendees explore topics such as employment, VA benefits, financial planning, transition resources, etc., and receive one-on-one guidance from a Personal and Professional Development Advisor. Completion of Initial Counseling and Pre-Separation Counseling is required prior to attendance of TRS. All Service Members must register via their Unit Transition Coordinator (UTC).
2023 TRS/Pre-Retirement Schedule – Mainside
2023 TRS Schedule – SOI

Beginning 6 January 2020, two-day tracks will be embedded in the week of TRS. Service Members will select their track during Initial Counseling. The four-track options will be: Employment, Education, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship. Students attending the Employment, Vocational and Entrepreneurship tracks will be provided with hard-copy materials in class. Education track attendees will utilize the following digital workbook: My Education Participant Guide


Capstone Information

After completion of TRS, the next step in your transition timeline is the mandatory Capstone Review. During this one-on-one meeting with a TRS advisor, you will review your Career Readiness Standards, update your 2648 eForm, and discuss additional training opportunities and resources. You must register for a Capstone Review via EventBrite.

You are required to bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Self-Assessment / Individual Transition Plan
  • Gap Analysis Worksheet
  • Draft Resume or Proof of Employment (Only required for Employment Track participants)
  • Comparison of Educational Institutions (Only required for Education Track participants)
  • Budget Worksheet
  • Proof of eBenefits registration
  • O’Net Interest Profiler Career Assessment results
  • Email address of the CO (or Designee) who will conduct your Commander’s Verification


Brig TRS

Transitional services are offered at the Camp Pendleton Brig for incarcerated service members who require TRS.
View Brig TRS Schedule

Spouse Transition Assistance Program (STARS)

This condensed transition training course allows spouses of separating or retiring service members to prepare for life beyond the military. The Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) can be contacted for more information regarding scheduled sessions at

SkillBridge Office
BLDG 13150 – #311 – Mainside (Marine & Family Programs HQ)
(760) 725-6517
Mon-Fri 7:30am–3:30pm

The DOD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for active-duty military members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of active duty service.

The purpose is to obtain immediate employment upon separating/retiring.

MCB Camp Pendleton SkillBridge Program Monthly Informational Brief

MCB Pendleton Theater and Training Center, BLDG 1330
Come learn about SkillBridge, the different courses, eligibility, and application procedure.

Briefs held 11:30am-12:30pm:

  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the MCB Pendleton Theater and Training Center, BLDG 1330
  • Every 2nd Thursday of the month at the SOI Marine & Family Programs Facility, BLDG 520512

No registration is needed.

SkillBridge briefs can be provided on-site for units to learn more about our program. Ask us how to schedule!

For a list of authorized SkillBridge organizations please visit:

There are over 2000 authorized DOD SkillBridge organizations (and growing).


  • Complete at least 180 days on active duty and be discharged from active duty with an honorable discharge, including general discharge (under honorable conditions), within 180 days of the date of commencement of participation in such program.
  • Be separating or retiring from the Marine Corps and have sufficient time remaining on their contract to complete the program prior to the established separation date.
  • Have attended and completed requirements of the Transition Readiness Seminar 180 days prior to separation.
  • Have attended an Ethics Brief or completed a DOD-approved Ethics Training presentation within the last 12 months from the start date of the skills training program.
  • Receive command approval prior to attending a Marine Corps SkillBridge program.
  • The first Commanding Officer (CO) with court-martial convening authority maintains final approval. Participation in this program is at the CO/OIC discretion.

* Marines participating in the program away from and/or outside the vicinity of their permanent duty station will be accounted for in a Permissive Temporary Active Duty (PTAD) status. The limit of 30 days for PTAD does not apply for the purpose of participating in this program. Local approval authorities may approve PTAD in excess of 30 days for this program. PTAD means that all expenses associated with pursuing the program are your responsibility; these expenses may include travel costs, lodging, transportation, and meals.*


  • Authorized in 10 U.S.C. § 1143 (e) (2020)
  • DODI 1322.29 Job Training, Employment Skills Training, Apprenticeships, and Internships (JTEST-AI) for Eligible Service Members
  • Navy – NAVADMIN 222/15 SkillBridge Employment Skills Training Program (2015)
  • Marine Corps – MARADMIN 350/18, SkillBridge Employment Training Program (2018)

Note: As published in the Joint ethics regulations of the Department of Defense and as outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor guidance, Service members participating in a SkillBridge program are participating in a Capstone training experience at the end of the military career and are NOT eligible for wages or other benefits from industry partners since the program is supported by the Department of Defense which will continue to cover the salaries and benefits of the participating members.


Airstreams Renewables

Airstreams is a 7-week course that trains Service Members to become Energy and Communication Tower Technicians. This course uses a portion of the Service Member’s GI Bill. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Eric Aliste
(760) 222-6508

Archi's Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (AISA)

AISA is a 6-week course that focuses on small-scale farming, hydroponics, and agribusiness course. This course uses a portion of the Service Members' GI Bill and is open to Active Duty and Spouses.

POC: Cristal Cruz
(760) 689-0476
Archi's Institute

BMW Military Service Technician Education Program (MSTEP)

MSTEP is a free 16-week training course toward becoming a BMW Service Technician. This course is open to Active Duty.
Active Duty / Free

POC: Sal Jimenez
(619) 997-3307

Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP)

CFP is a 12-week course that offers free mid-to-senior level internships in the Southern California region. Service Member must have at the minimum an associate’s degree. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Melinda Gomez
(760) 519-6597
Hiring Our Heroes

Home Builder's Institute (HBI)

HBI is a free 12-week electrical pre-apprenticeship certification training course conducted in Poway, CA.

POC: Nina Ridgley
(202) 680-0472
Home Builder's Institute

Onward to Opportunity (O2O)

O2O is a free program offering industry-specific training, credentials, and job placement services. This is a hybrid program (3 days in the classroom and 90 days online) that offers a professional certification course with two pathway options: Information Technology and Business Management. This course is open to Active Duty and Spouses. PTAD is only authorized for the 3 days in-classroom portion of this cohort.

POC: Joanna Sansoterra
(760) 429-4497
Website for more information

Veterans in Piping (VIP)

VIP is a free 18-week welding and pipe fitting training that leads to an apprenticeship. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Jason Culkin
(760) 855-6022
United Association Veterans in Piping

Workshops for Warriors (WFW)

WFW is a 16-week course that has 2 tracks: Welding or Machining. These tracks use a portion of the Service Members GI Bill. This course is open to Active Duty.

POC: Keshia Javis-Jones
(619) 550-1620
Workshops for Warriors

Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC)

WARTAC is a 10-week course that offers free training toward becoming a Veteran Service Representative with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

POC: SkillBridge Program
(760) 725-6517

In-person service not available at this time. Please utilize POC emails listed below.

VA Medical Record Screening
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm
Available Services:

Pre Discharge BDD Camp Pendleton Book Online

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm
Available Services:

  • On-site assistance is not available at this time
  • One-on-one appointments can be conducted by phone
  • Call (760) 725-9482 or email for appointments or assistance

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm
Available Services:

  • One-on-one appointments can be conducted by phone or via appointment
  • Call (619) 772-6235 or email for appointments or assistance

VA Benefits Advisors
Available at Transition Readiness Facilities for one-on-one appointments regarding accessing and understanding your VA benefits, utilizing eBenefits.
Make an appointment by calling: (760) 725-4360, or walk-ins are welcome at BLDG 1101 or 1339.

Medical Records Screening
Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:30am-2:30pm
Walk-in services are available at BLDG 13150 (2nd Floor) for medical records to be screened by a representative from the DAV, VFW or VA in preparation for you to file a VA disability claim with the VA.

File your VA Claim
Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:30am-2:30pm
Walk into VA Offices in BLDG 13150.

Benefits Delivered at Discharge (BDD) program filing window is 90-180 days prior to a known separation date. The service member will also have to be available for 45 days from the date of their claim submission to attend any VA examinations. You must have a firm fixed date of separation to have your records reviewed. If you are pending administrative separation, you must have your 5- or 10-day letter.

  • Provide the VA with a complete copy of your Service Treatment Record. They will keep this copy.
  • You must have a complete copy of your AHLTA notes from your medical department printed out or emailed to a VA employee via AMERDAC
  • Provide a copy of your complete Mental Health records, if applicable.
  • If you are married, complete VA Form 21-686C (requires name, Social Security number, date of birth, date of marriage, and city and state of marriage)
  • If have any previous marriages, marital information required
  • If you have dependent children, complete VA Form 21-686C (names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and cities and states of births)
  • If you have children between 18-23, are unmarried and going to school, complete VA Form 21-674 for each child
  • Direct Deposit information (Name of financial institution, routing number, account number)
  • TCRG- VA Chapter 36 assessments and career counseling

Free Personalized Educational and Career Counseling

  • Individual counseling to help you decide on your employment goals
  • Educational and career counseling to identify a college or vocational program
  • Benefits Coaching – guidance on VA benefits and how to effectively use resources
  • Career Choice – understand best career options for you based on Aptitude/Interests/ Values Assessments

To apply:
Log into:
Select "Apply."
Select "Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits."
Apply for “Educational and Career Counseling.” Be sure to use local address.
*You can also stop by VA Offices in BLDG 13150, 2nd floor to request an application (8832 Form) or ROOM #217

Vet Centers
Locate the nearest Vet Center to you
Manage your VA benefits at EBenefits
Access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans 24/7 at:
1-877-4AID-VET ((877) 424-3838)

Marine for Life
For assistance please contact:
Jamal Brown
(619) 663-7323 or (760) 725-9791

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
For assistance please contact:
(619) 216-4155 or (619) 216-4152
*if no answer, leave a message

Marine 2 Guard
For assistance please contact:
MSG David Hodges (850) 726-0985
SFC Garcia (620) 640-1887

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm
Available Services:

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm
Available Services:

  • Currently no services within the building, however, you can reach out to the Regional VFW office in San Diego at (619) 400-5322 or email

Contact Information

Transition Readiness Program

BLDG 13150
Camp Pendleton, CA

Phone: 7607256324


Transition Readiness Facilities
BLDG 1339 – Leatherneck Lanes (near the Base Theater)
BLDG 1101 – Mainside Center
BLDG 520512 – Marine and Family Programs (SOI)

Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
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