The Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group
The Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group, or CAF TG, is built on the successes of the Joint Personnel Support Unit. However, it is much more than just a name change. While the great work of programs such as Soldier On, HOPE, OSISS, as well as management of the National Military Cemetery will continue, the stand-up of the Transition Group has introduced a new formation with expanded services and new authorities.
The stand-up of the new formation on 10 December 2018 also ushered in a new Canadian Armed Forces-wide operation, named Operation Transition, the beginning of a Transition Trial and a host of additional changes that will be explored in this presentation. It is also important to note that enhancing services to you and your family is being accomplished in close collaboration with our colleagues at Veterans Affairs Canada and our numerous partners at each of our locations across Canada.
The aim of this presentation is to provide you with information on what the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group is, and what this new capability and its new and modernized suite of transition services will mean for you and your family.
The Transition Group brings together the current people, services, and resources of the renewed Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) and the Directorate Casualty Support Management (DCSM), as well as a number of additional investments, into one integrated formation.
It is important to note that services for the ill and injured and families of the fallen will continue to be a core part of the support this formation will offer.
In coordination with our valued partners, CAF TG will deliver personalized, professional, and standardized casualty support and transition services to all CAF members and their families. This will enable a seamless transition and enhanced well-being, with special attention provided to ill and injured personnel, their families and the families of the fallen.
Personalized, professional, and standardized transition services means that you and your family, as determined by your unique career and personal circumstances, will experience a seamless transition that will enhance your well-being.
- Personalized services will be transition services designed to meet the needs of you and your family including preparation and education.
- Professional services means that competent, highly-trained personnel will help you navigate the numerous transition services and benefits.
- Standardized services are the same resources and services that will be provided to all members and their families at every Transition Unit and Transition Centre across Canada and eventually for those posted outside the country.
The Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group headquarters is located in Ottawa, with 9 regional Transition Units and 32 Transition Centers located across the country.
The headquarters has been strengthened with the appointment of a General Officer as its head, a Captain (Navy)/Colonel as the Deputy, a Directorate Casualty Support Management (DCSM), and a new Directorate of Transition Services and Policy (DTSP).
Senior personnel throughout the organization have been up ranked, commensurate with greater authority being delegated to the regional and tactical levels. In total, approximately 150 new personnel were added at the tactical level to improve service delivery.
Transition from military service will happen to all of us and every member and their family will experience transition differently. It is never too early to start thinking about transition and having a plan is key. It can happen at any time and for a variety of reasons including unexpectedly because - life happens – and we all need to be ready with a Plan B. It could be an unexpected opportunity, a family reason, an injury, a medical release, or a planned retirement, all of which may have a significant impact on you and your family. The Canadian Armed Forces and the Transition Group want to set you up for success.
Transition is the period of reintegration from military to civilian life, and the corresponding process of change that a serving member, veteran and their family go through when their service is completed.
Transition also encompasses much more than completing the administrative aspects of release and leaving the Forces, which is what has been done in the past. Transition requires thorough preparation and often social, emotional, and psychological adjustments both as a person and as a family. Given the changes you will go through, transition will also require a significant amount of preparation and planning. Since, the stand-up of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group, 10 December 2018, we have put in place new services and resources to assist you in this process which will be discussed in this presentation.
At all times, we want to retain our skilled members, but if the time has come to leave the CAF, we want to ensure you are prepared and experience a positive transition.
As of April 1st, 2019, an initial chain of command driven transition process will be implemented for all transitioning members. It will include a number of deliberate steps that make members and their family more aware of transition and allow you time to build a transition plan to better prepare you for your transition. The initial transition process is outlined on this slide and will be used until CAF Transition Group develops a full, standardized, national transition process.
At a minimum, and where possible, you should commence the transition process six months before your date of release.
In addition, you will be given 30 calendar days prior to your date of release to concentrate solely on transition activities, as outlined in this slide, during which time you are unavailable for tasking's or employment.
Understanding that 30 days for most members is not enough time, there will be an additional supported period of 5 months, during which your unit will help support you in implementing your transition plan to ensure you and your family are enabled for a successful transition.
Keep in mind that throughout this entire period, you remain a member of your parent unit.
This is an interim process until we develop a full, standardized, national transition process which we are doing through the Transition trial in CFB Borden. Therefore, we encourage you to become familiar with the steps outlined on this slide.
We are getting to a personalized approach. The interim transition process consists of a six month transition period. The first five months is a supported period during which time your parent unit will assist you in conducting transition activities while you continue to perform your regular duties at work. The final month is a 30 calendar day period that is protected for you to concentrate solely on conducting transition activities. As per the Operation Transition Order, para 19, during this time, you will be unavailable for any tasking's or employment by your parent unit. Please refer to the Transition Checklist at Annex A to the Transition Guide for a list of transition related activities.
Remember, you can and should begin developing your personalized transition plan prior to arriving at the six month transition period.
On this slide you have examples of transition activities for both the 30 day and 5 month time periods. Some of these examples will require time on your part to prepare like getting you ready to secure new civilian employment or getting your finances in order.
Other examples that pertain to the protected 30 day period, are the different release administration procedures which must take place within the last days of your release like returning your kit or completing your Out Clearance.
As part of our modernization efforts and based on extensive research, the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada have adopted a conceptual framework of Well-Being.
Shown on this slide are the seven domains of Well-Being. However, given we do not influence our cultural and social environment, we are unable to measure this domain and as such have not included it in this new transition process.
Furthermore, there is no hierarchy of importance of these domains, as different domains have more importance to different individuals at different times. Therefore, as these domains are all inter-related, building a successful transition plan should take each domain into consideration.
The Transition Group has developed a number of new resources to assist you throughout your transition. The next slides will list each of these new resources.
The new Transition webpage, which is located on Canada.ca provides you and your family with a single source of consolidated information from key sources, including the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada and our valued partners.
This central platform also addresses the previous challenge of having information from a variety of sources fragmented across different locations.
A new Transition Guide, now available to all transitioning members and their families, provides information and guidance on transition-related information and resources related to your particular needs and transition. This guide is inspired by the 6 domains of Well-Being earlier described.
Hard copies are available at your Transition Centre, but the guide is also available online in PDF and HTML formats.
New as well, is the Transition App that enables members and their families to immediately navigate transition processes and provides access to resources. It is available for Android and IOS devices at the Apple Store and Google Play Store.
My Transition App is not just a digital version of the Transition Guide but rather a comprehensive collection of transition information and links to ensure that you have all things transition accessible at your fingertips.
Modelled after the existing SCAN program but presented in a virtual way. SCAN Online is accessible for you and your family anytime and anywhere! It standardizes information on key topics to assist you with your transition to civilian life.
It doesn’t negate attending a local SCAN seminar but gives you another resource to prepare for the seminar or help you digest or refer back to the information after the fact.
We are also enhancing our existing MNET tool. MNET currently provides a translation of your military occupation to its civilian equivalent.
It is linked to Jobbank.ca which is the national employment database for civilian employment opportunities. However, there are certain military occupations that do not correlate to civilian occupations, such as that of Infantry.
The good news is that the next phase of MNET will include a more comprehensive, automated skills and education translator, translating additional skills and training (like leadership training, administrative courses) listed in your MPRR to civilian equivalents and providing educational equivalencies at Canadian colleges and universities based on your military courses, training and experience.
The future of the Transition Group is dedicated to continuous improvement. This has already begun with the Transition Trial at Canadian Forces Base Borden. The goal of the trial is to:
- Design and standardize a new transition experience for our members and their families;
- Further develop and validate the necessary supporting resources and more closely;
- Integrate our partners into this process.
- Continue to implement new resources CAF wide.
Given these important efforts, your feedback is extremely important and we strongly invite you to share your observations and comments.
In conclusion, we want to leave you with a few key messages:
- Enabling you and your families throughout the transition process is the top priority for the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group.
- Concurrently, special care and attention will always be provided to our ill & injured personnel and their families.
- Retention is always our preference whenever possible…we want to keep our skilled, hard-working people.
- The Transition Group is committed to continuous improvement and look forward to feedback from you and your family in order to help us improve.
- Finally, we are changing from a culture of release to a culture of transition. Educate yourself about transition and own it - It’s YOUR transition. Build a plan. Our ultimate goal is to ensure you and your family are Informed, Prepared, and Empowered for success after service.
You will find all transition related information and resources at this link or by calling the 1-800 number
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