The Transition Readiness Program encompasses all transition programs, services, and benefits available to active-duty Marines, separating or retiring, and their families. The program provides separating/retiring service members and their families with the skills, tools, and self-confidence necessary to ensure successful re-entry into the civilian world.

Initial Counseling (IC) / Pre-Separation (Pre-Sep) Counseling
These individual sessions, provided by the P&PD staff, designed to establish the foundation of the transition process, overview of the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) and benefits earned as a result of time in service. These mandatory requirements cannot be waived and must be completed prior to registration/entry to the 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.

** You MUST see your Unit Transition Coordinator or Career Planner prior to Initial Counseling and Pre-Separation Counseling.

This signature 5-day course is mandatory for active duty members separating or retiring from military service. TRS provides transitioning Marines and their families with the resources and tools needed to reach their personal goals. Topics include VA Benefits, Military Skills Translation; Department of Labor led employment curriculum and, Financial Planning.

** You MUST see your Unit Transition Coordinator or Career Planner to register to attend the TRS and all applicable tracks.

Listed below are downloads to the TRS PRE-WORK & FORMS required for TRS attendance. Please bring all of the items listed under TRS PRE-WORK & FORMS to class with you.

Accessing Higher Education Track is a training that can help you access new opportunities, and can be a prerequisite for a number of jobs in the U.S. economy. The course is designed to guide you through the variety of decisions involved in choosing a program, preparing for the college admissions
application process, and securing funding. The expected outcome is that you will create a customized plan for a successful transition to a higher education institution. (OPEN TO TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS, RECENT VETERAN AND SPOUSES)

A two-day intensive training workshop is coordinated and conducted by Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) and SBA Veterans Business Development Officers (VBDO). After completing the in-person B2B class, participants can continue their studies online via the B2B Revenue Readiness course offered at no cost to B2B and B2B Reboot participants through partners at Mississippi State University. The online course will allow participants to explore the fundamentals of small business ownership. (OPEN TO ALL AUTHORIZED PATRONS)

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to identify skills, increase awareness of training and credentialing programs, and develop an action plan to achieve career goals. Service members and spouses who attend the two-day Department of Labor (CEPT) workshop will complete personalized career development assessments of occupational interest, aptitudes, and work values. These assessments will present workshop participants with a variety of tailored job recommendations aligned with their interests and aptitudes, some of which are classified as “high demand” or “high growth” occupations. (OPEN TO ALL AUTHORIZED PATRONS)

Personal Readiness Seminar (PRS)
Personal Readiness Seminar (PRS) is the first action point in the Marine For Life Cycle (M4LC).
PRS is a four-hour classroom presentation that covers two main topics: an overview of the M4LC model, including Personal and Professional Development (P&PD) programs and services; and introductory personal finance topics. Marines arriving at their First Permanent Duty Station (FPDS) shall register for PRS during the mandatory check-in process within 90 days of their arrival.

Career & Education Fair
The event is free and open to active military members, reservists, family members, military retirees, DoD Civilians, and any other authorized patron.


California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP)
The California Department of Veterans Affairs’ California Transition Assistance Program(CalTAP) is a seminar for Service Members and Veterans who have decided to reside in California after completing their military service. CalTAP serves to connect Service Members, their spouses, and Veterans with California specific resources to ensure their success in civilian life. Topics covered include:

CalTAP online, Introduction to CalVet outreach and the County Veterans Service offices, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California, California employment outlook including private sector and opportunities with the State of California. One on one sessions with subject matter experts to answer specific questions about the benefits available to our California Veterans. Spouses welcome.



  • Understanding the interview process
  • Winning interview techniques
  • How to market yourself
  • Dress for success


  • Navigating USAJobs
  • Writing an effective federal resume
  • Applying for General Schedule (GS) positions
  • Veteran and military spouse preference


  • Purpose of a resume
  • Creating an effective resume
  • Resume formats
  • Keywords, not buzzwords
  • Master resume vs targeted resume

Open to all active duty, reservists, retirees, DoD employees, and their family members. To register, call: (619) 524-5728/8440/0035

Spouses it is your chance to ask experts about what to expect when your Marine or Sailor retires or separates from active duty service. Stay informed about your family’s benefits, entitlements, health care insurance and VA benefits. Receive tips and resources to assist you in making plans for your future and prepare for life beyond the military!

Career Resource Management Center (CRMC)
(619) 524-1283

Mina Threat
Transition and Career Resource Manager
(619) 524-1283

James Stewart
Personal and Professional Development Program Advisor
(619) 524-0035

Personal & Professional Development
4025 Tripoli Avenue
Building 14
San Diego, CA 92140

Monday – Friday
0730 – 1600

(619) 524-0036

MCRD Department of Veterans Affairs Office
Personal and Professional Development
4025 Tripoli Avenue, Bldg 14
San Diego, CA 92140

Please come in and ask questions about your benefits: Education, Medical, Home Loans and much more!

Robert Hill
Military Services Coordinator
(619) 524-8233

Mondays & Thursdays
1200 – 1600
Appointments recommended.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Personal and Professional Development
4025 Tripoli Avenue, Bldg. 14
San Diego, CA 92140

Jennifer Reichard, MS, CRC
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
(619) 524-0675

Monday – Thursday

Monday – Friday
1300- 1500

Service Philosophy

Marine & Family Programs’ goal is a foundation of readiness and resiliency. We reinforce that foundation with personalized service, and an innovative approach.

We hold as our guiding principles, that:
• We Do the Right Thing
• Our Mission is You
• There is No Wrong Door

Mission: To provide tools and resources which promote a ready and resilient Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Vision: To enrich lives through a comprehensive array of innovative programs and services