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Summer Transition Courses

By Joint Knowledge Online | July 24, 2023

The summer months signal more than the end of the school year and the start of barbeque season for members of the joint force. Summer is also when we traditionally see an influx in military retirements and duty station transfers. These times of transitions often come with challenges related to finances, benefits, and lifestyle. To help, JKO has provided a curated selection of course offerings covering topics of interest to retiring or transitioning military members. 

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The courses listed here are only a sampling of what is available on JKO. The library of courses, videos, and products offered through JKO is constantly updated with new materials. Please visit the JKO LMS to explore our full course catalog.

Blended Retirement Calculator Course (Active) (30 mins)

The purpose of this course is to provide active component service members a walk-through of the Blended Retirement System Comparison Calculator. It provides service members with a comprehensive understanding of how to use the tool to compare their retirement plan choices, whether they choose to stay in the legacy retirement system or opt into the blended retirement system. It also provides additional information on the tool's options and features to assist service members in making the right decision for themselves and their families.


Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) General Awareness (1hr) 

The Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) General Awareness course is designed for all DOD personnel. This course provides information regarding policy and laws applicable to trafficking in persons (TIP). Investigative or acquisition professionals should take the designated CTIP trainings for their fields.


Combating Trafficking in Persons DoDEA Web-based Training (1 hr) 

This course identifies the relevance of human trafficking to schools; defines human trafficking; explains how human trafficking affects military-connected students; identifies human trafficking risk factors and warning signs in school-age children; explains their role in combating human trafficking and how to report suspected human trafficking incidents.


Community Integration Resources Military Life Cycle (MLC) Module (1 hr) 

The Community Integration Resources module explains how to identify local services and community organizations that can provide assistance and aid to service members,   Module objectives include understanding what it means to be part of a community, describing the types of community resources available and the types of services offered to service members, Veterans, family members, caregivers, and survivors, learn how to identify online tools for locating community resources in their area and lists strategies to vet community resources before engaging or sharing personal information.


Joint Staff Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention  (1 hr) 

Substance abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year substance abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people in the United States. Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting over 600 billion dollars annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care. In this course, you will look closer at a range of drugs and drug abuse that are affecting people in this country.


Joint Staff Suicide Awareness and Prevention  (1 hr) 

The purpose of this course is to educate joint staff (JS) civilians and military personnel about the risk factors and warning signs of suicide so they can identify potential problems in themselves, their coworkers (whether civilian or military), and even family members. This is a required course dealing with suicide prevention and awareness for members of the Department of Defense.


Million Dollar Sailor (14 hours)

Million Dollar Sailor (MDS) training designed to assist sailors and their families to successfully navigate through the transitions of Navy life and the financial challenges that accompany them. The MDS training is a component of the Personal Financial Management Program created to specifically combat the most common financial issues facing sailors in today's Navy by providing them with sound financial management skills that can be used over their lifetime.  The mission of the course is to enhance overall quality of life through personal financial growth and fitness, to improve overall operational readiness and performance, and to enhance retention. The course targets many of the current financial challenges including security clearance issues, credit management, identity theft, bankruptcy, mortgage and foreclosure, government credit card abuse and the multiple issues involving Internet buying and selling.


VA Home Loan Guaranty Program Military Life Cycle (MLC) Module (1.5 hrs) 

The VA Home Loan Guaranty Program Military Life Cycle module will educate and inform service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses on becoming homeowners. After completing this module, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Recognize the advantages of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program (including the NADL Program for Native Americans living on trust lands)
  • Identify the program's eligibility requirements
  • Recall the six-step process to obtain a VA-guaranteed home loan
  • Identify costs associated with obtaining a VA-guaranteed home loan 
  • Recognize the significance of VA's financial counseling assistance services 
  • Recall three types of housing adaptation grants


VA Life Insurance Benefits Military Life Cycle (MLC) Module (1 hr)

VA Life Insurance Benefits Military Life Cycle (MLC) module provides a general overview on securing and maintaining life insurance protection using VA life insurance benefits and resources.  Service members, veterans and their loved ones will recognize the advantages of VA life insurance benefits, identify  benefits and services available  at key points during their careers, recognize the process for converting service member and family life insurance policies to veteran or commercial policies after discharge and identify key insurance benefits available to veterans.

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