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A hospital corpsman assigned to 1st squad, 2nd platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2

Yeoman 3rd Class Michael Yates, left, and Damage Controlman 2nd Class Sterling Cox, assigned to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, check Sailors in at Baltimore Washington International Airport who were returning from overseas duty assignments.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead is relieved by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert as the Chief of Naval Operations during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Adm. John C. Harvey, Commander USFF, talks with Sailors over dinner in the zone two dining facility at the U.S. Army Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

MCPON Rick West addresses more than 150 deployed Sailors during an all-hands call at WTP.

Individual Augmentee receives the Bronze Star.

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Warrior Transition Program

Navy developed the Warrior Transition Program (WTP) in an effort to facilitate IA Sailors’ return and ease the reintegration process with Families, Commands and Communities following a war zone deployment. WTP moved to Sembach, Germany from Kuwait recently to better serve Sailors completing their IA assignments in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq.  The program involves a series of briefs and interviews that are designed to help Sailors make the transition back to the United States or their next duty station overseas. Take a moment to review the WTP Welcome Aboard Package that will provide you with pertinent information you will see there as we welcome you back to the Navy.

WTP Gear Turn-in Information

After your mission is over, you will be required to turn-in your issued equipment. Completing the steps below before arriving at the Navy WTP Sembach, Germany will help you to get home sooner. If you are not coming back through Germany, complete this process before you get on the plane. Review and complete the Gear Turn-in Document. Use the directions below as you pack your gear for re-deployment.

  • Clean your weapons (M9, M4 or M16).
  • Separate your personal items from organizational issued equipment and gear. Use a separate bag for your personal items that you will want to take home.
  • Inspect all equipment (OC and IE, RFI gear) and remove any gear adrift or personal belongings.
  • Clean Body Armor Vest (IBA) with soap, water, and brush, in accordance with manufacturer’s instruction printed inside of vest.
  • Separate all the attachments from equipment belt (Molle gear, Canteen Pouches, etc).
  • Separate/disassemble helmet cover, chin strap, and unscrew all attachments on combat helmet.

Not everyone will have been issued everything on the Gear Turn-in Form, but if you have any if the items listed you need to return them. If you mailed anything back to the U.S. or left them before you departed, you need to retrieve those items to turn them in or you will eventually be charged for each item by the Army.

Items that DO NOT have to be returned:


  • Boots & Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Long Underwear (lightweight and heavyweight)
  • Covers
  • Gloves
  • Eye Protection (glasses) Goggles DO need to be returned

Items (exceptions to the guidelines) that DO have to be returned:

  • Camp Atterbury issued items: Gloves, Neck Gaiter and Eye Protection

To save yourself time, separate the items you need to return from the items you do not and your personal items. Bring only the items to be turned in to gear drop. Everyone will need to turn in two seabags. Ensure everything is clean and free of sand and dirt. It does not matter if you have marked your name on items; they still need to be returned.

Special note about sleep systems: All five pieces (including the bag) must be turned in. If there are any missing pieces, a DD-200 will need to be filled out.

DO NOT discard uniform items in trash cans anywhere in theater. There are specific uniform turn-in locations at WTP to discard uniforms if you desire. Make sure you keep one uniform and a soft cover for flying back to the U.S. if you are on one of the scheduled rotators and for reporting to your designated NMPS.

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act & Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI)

The VOW Act, signed by President Obama as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2011, includes the White House's VEI to reduce veteran unemployment.  The VOW Act mandates Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for all separating personnel including Reserve Component (RC) personnel who have served 180 days or more on Title 10 Active Duty.

DTM 12-007 - "Implementation of Mandatory TAP Participation for Eligible Service Members" establishes the policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures by which the Military Departments administer the mandatory TAP.   

Reserve Component Specific Information:  Effective with the 26 Nov 2012 NMPS class an in accordance with the VOW Act, demobilizing Reservists are required to attend a 5-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) class during their out-processing, unless a waiver has been granted.  To be waived from TAP, you must meet one of the following:   a) confirm employment or enrollment in an accredited technical training, undergraduate or graduate degree program, or b) previously attended TAP.  If not waived from TAP, NMPS becomes a 2-week ISTOP with Week One: demobilization process and Week Two: TAP class.  See the Waivers and Options snapshot for additional guidance.

Sailors will be contacted within 90 days of their redeployment date to coordinate whether waiver requirements have been met for the TAP portion.  For questions, contact USFF IA Support.

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