Pre-Separation Counseling Briefing

The Pre-Separation Counseling Briefing is the STARTING POINT for you to begin the formal transition process. Of note, the briefing is congressionally mandated to be completed before you separate or retire.

It can be completed as early as 12 months prior to separation or 24 months prior to retirement date.

In fact, as soon as you take any action (MEB, applying for Palace Chase, etc.) that could result in your separation from active duty, you should complete the Pre-Separation Counseling Briefing as soon as possible. Do not wait until you have orders!

The purpose of the briefing is to ensure all separating service members are informed of the transition services and benefits available to assist you and your family members with the transition to civilian life.

During the briefing you will be walked through all the items on the Pre-separation Counseling Checklist and EForm DD Form 2648, item by item and hear about the benefits, services, programs and resources available to you.

The  EForm DD Form 2648 will be emailed to you for your electronic signature. Once signed you will be cleared from this task on vMPF. You must retain your DD Form 2648 as it will be used throughout your transition process and you will not be able to complete your final out-processing appointment without it.

Call 385-4663 to register for the next available Pre-Separation Counseling Briefing. Registration is required as space is limited in the briefings. Visit the Transition Briefings/Workshops Calendar page for future dates.

NOTE: You are REQUIRED to register for ebenefits before attending your Pre-Separation Counseling Briefing. You will need to provide proof that you have an account established on ebenefits prior to entering the room for the Pre-Separation Briefing (This proof can be in the form of a printed screen shot showing you logged in or cell phone photo of the same. If you are registering for the first time, they send you and email that you can also print.). If you do not have proof, you will need to reschedule the briefing.

In addition to starting the EForm DD Form 2648, you will learn about the Transition GPS Tracks, and receive information about the online assessment tool.

Once you have completed the Pre-Separation Counseling Briefing you are eligible to register for the Transition GPS Workshop. We encourage you to register for this workshop as soon as possible to avoid delays in your separation process.

Visit our Transition GPS page for more information about the workshop.