Posted on Feb 20, 2020
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I would like to hear some insight and advice for preparing ahead of time for transitioning out of the Army. A pet peeve of mine is always thinking well ahead of time to ensure I am prepared for whatever happens, and have a plan for the "what if" moments for any possible outcomes. What are some pointers or things to consider when planning on a transition? My ETS is February 11th 2022 and later this year I will be participating in SFLTAP to sort out the best alternatives for my transition. One big step I've already been working toward is my bachelors degree. Outside of that, I'm just curious to whatever else I could consider to be ahead and have piece of mind that I'll be squared away when I do ETS. What are some suggestions to consider?
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MSG Francisco Ojeda
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Have a binder or scan over every little piece of paper about you and your military career. Proof.
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I'm really glad you all mention this now, because I seriously totally overlooked that. When time starts closing in I will definitely do that and I need to get together a nice binder or storage right now to get that ready for the future. I do have many docs now, but it is a hot mess and unorganized terribly. I will get this situated. Thanks!
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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PFC (Join to see) Don't forget to include any pertinent medical stuff.
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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Get copies of everything in your medical record and make sure any problem you have is documented.
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First, figure out what you want to do for money afterwards. Everything else is simple. Once you know where you want to be in five years, it's just backwards planning. If you're a year out and you don't know yet, extend another year and revamp your plan.

Also, pay off all your debts before you separate and save a few thousand for the inevitable break that will usually come in your employment. Most people don't walk directly into a job, so be prepared in case that's you.

Don't count on BAH from the VA as a solid income source when you're budgeting. They're known for being late and you only get full BAH when you're in school full time for that whole month.
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Good common sense advise.
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