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Transitioning A to Z: "K" and "L"

by Military Transition News Staff

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In upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we will be listing everything a service member needs to know about transitioning, from A to Z.

This month, we tackle “K” and "L”.

Background And Experience In The U.S. Military

“K”: Know your value

You’re transitioning into the civilian job market from the most powerful military organization in the world. The United States military is more than 1.4 million “workers” strong, packed with the world’s most technologically advanced systems anywhere. No other nation comes close to these cutting-edge resources. When it comes to business, you have served with the number one employer, sometimes under very demanding conditions. You had to show up to work on time. You had to get the job done. You had to be a good team member, or lead your group. The experience and skills you’ve gained are tools that companies hope to acquire and they are setting up initiatives in order to find ways to hire you. Your background and experience in the U.S. military gives you the highest recommendation as a leader, organizer and achiever. Make sure you Know your value.

“L”: Don't let your insurance Lapse

Transitioning out of the military means research, paperwork and details, some of which will wear you down. Health insurance is one of those tasks that sometimes can be so exhausting that it gets ignored. Don’t let it Lapse! Most of you are familiar with TRICARE, part of the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) that will bridge the health insurance gap between transition and your new civilian job, which should offer you some form of health insurance. According to, TAMP “offers transitional TRICARE coverage to certain separating active duty members and their eligible family members. Care is available for only 180 days.” There are four categories of eligibility, so make sure you log onto the Benefits tab at to view the fine print. Other programs include the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP) for a select group of former military beneficiaries. You can also compare insurance costs at, and the Veterans Affairs web site to learn about options.

See the complete A to Z list

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