TRANSITION CENTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. CAN I REPORT TO THE TRANSITION CENTER IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES?
NO. When you report to the Transition Services Office you must be in appropriate uniform, e.g., BDU’s, ACU’s, Class A, B’s or Cook Whites, regardless of your separation or leave date. Only Soldiers who have a properly completed profile will be authorized to clear in PT or civilian clothing.
2. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO PICK-UP MY FINAL DD FORM 214?
Before you can pickup your final DD Form 214, you must have a pre-clearance stamp from the Out-processing Branch, located at Out-processing window, main entrance area of the Soldier Support Center .
3. WHERE DO I GET MY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT AGENCY (IMA) STAMP?
You receive your IMA stamp when you pick-up your final DD Form 214, either on your separation date or the day prior to transition leave or permissive TDY.
4. WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS MY APPOINTMENT?
If you miss your appointment you can reschedule by reporting to the Transition Center.
5. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T PROVIDE MY AWARDS AND TRAINING CERTIFICATES AT THE TIME OF MY BRIEFING, AND/OR MY ENLISTED RECORD BRIEF (ERB) IS NOT UPDATED?
Your TC counselor will not include the information on your DD Form 214. You will have to request a DD Form 215 from:
Director, National Personnel Records Center
ATTN: Chief, Army Reference Branch
9700 Page Boulevard
St Louis, MO 63132-5200
Commercial phone # 1-800-318-5298
RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY
HRC, ATTN: AHRC-EPA-X
1600 Spearhead Div. Ave.
Fort Knox, KY 40122
888-276-9472 or 502-613-5977
TRANSITION CENTER PROCEDURES
ETS - Orders can be generated 60 to 90 days prior to Expiration Term of Service (ETS) by the Transition Center. Upon receipt of a complete ETS packet, orders are published 5 to 7 working days after receipt and emailed to Soldier’s AKO. (S-1 personnel on file with the Transition Center are the only personnel authorized to drop off ETS packets with two copies of DA Form 200)
It is the responsibility of the Unit/Battalion or Brigade S-1 to run a 90 day ETS query (loss roster) for their units and submit the required documents to the Transition Center 60 to 90 days prior to a Soldier’s ETS for processing.
Documents required for publication of ETS of orders
Military Personnel File with DD 93 / SGLV (updated within 12 months)
Contracts (4-1 through 4-3) *Soldiers with prior service will not have a 4-3 contract
Prior Enlistment contract/Extensions (if applicable)
DA Form 31 (if applicable)
ACAP Checklist (DD 2648)
Updated ERB (with AKO address and phone number)
Any prior DD Form 214 (if applicable)
PERSTEMPO memo (if applicable – deployments)
Issue/Concern: Units are not identifying Soldiers who will ETS and submitting their Military Personnel Files (MPFs) to the Transition Center for processing in a timely manner.
Administrative Separation (Chapters) – Orders are published 5 to 7 working days after receipt of a complete packet. Packets can be dropped off by the Soldier (and escort if required). An order pick-up date will be provided. Soldier’s separation date is 10 days from the date of orders. If a chapter requires an escort, the escort must remain with the Soldier during the entire process.
Issue/Concern: Packets go thru an extensive process at the unit/legal office for lengthy periods of time. When they are received at the Transition Center, there is often a demand for expedited orders. There must be extenuating circumstances to have orders expedited due to the sheer volume of orders published by the Transition Center.
Please be advised there is an installation policy (Policy Letter #2) and Fort Bragg regulation on clearing requirements.
Medical Separation - Consolidated Army Transition Center Policy and Procedures for Disability Evaluation System (DES) Separation Processing. In accordance with MILPER Message 09-067, immediately upon notification of separation approval the following is required:
* Soldiers will be counseled (IAW paragraph 5 & 6 of the above message) by their commander and establish a separation date.
* DA Form 31
* Report to the Transition Center to begin the separation process/obtain checklist.
To facilitate a smooth process, Soldiers must report to the Transition Center immediately upon signing DA Form 199 - Physical Evaluation Board Proceeding (PEB) to obtain a checklist of what is required to complete separation.
** REMINDER - The Transition Center IS NOT authorized to extend Soldiers beyond a contractual ETS date. If a medical separation date is beyond the contractual date, Soldiers must see their PEBLO case manager or unit retention NCO for an extension. If this is not done and a Soldier reports to the Transition Center for orders, the orders will be published with the original contractual date which will cause a stoppage of pay and termination out Army systems.
Customer service and hours of operation: M, T, TH & F, 0900 to 1600 (Closed Wednesdays)
Order pick-up: M, T, TH & F, 0900 – 1100
Scheduling DD Form 214 briefing: M, T, TH & F, 0900- 1100
Separation packet submissions are M, T, TH & F, 1300 – 1600
Final DD Form 214 Pick-up: M thru F, 1300 – 1600
Transition Center does not calculate or authorize any leaves.
All Administrative Separations (Chapters) must have the original and two copies (Transition Center reviews and upload the original, one copy for Finance and the other copy for the Soldier). Our office does not make copies. If for some reason the original chapter packet cannot be produced, the servicing legal office must certify a copy.
Transition Center cannot extend Soldiers on active duty for any reason. (See unit Retention Office).