EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Military One Source Telephonic, Video and On-Line Counseling Services
Information links are provided below during the absence of an in-person MFLC.
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of the securities industry; FINRA is not part of the government; it is an independent, not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the securities industry operates fairly and honestly. FINRA also provides information on how to prepare for investing, money management tools and calculators. Visit http://www.finra.org/ about for more information.
Free Credit Reports
The only source for your free credit reports that are authorized by federal law can be found at https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action
Free Credit Score
Take the Military Saves Pledge and receive the following benefits: Monthly Military Saves E-newsletter with savings advice from national
experts Quarterly American Saver newsletter. This year, you can receive a Free Credit Score from
myFICO (courtesy of FINRA Investor Education Foundation). For more information please visit saveandinvest.org
How Your Credit Score is Calculated
FICO calculates your credit score by analyzing the following: your payment history, amounts owed, length of credit history, new credit and credit mix. Visit http://www.myfico.com/crediteducation/whatsinyourscore.aspx for more information.
Home Loans via the Department of Veterans Affairs
VA helps Service members, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. VA Home Loans are provided by private lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies. VA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide you with more favorable terms. Visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/index.asp for more information.
Investing in the Stock Market
If you want to try your hand at investing in the stock market without losing any money, go tohttp://registration.smgww.org/#/ and play The Stock Market Game.
Personal Financial Management at Military OneSource
Go to Military OneSource for information about the military’s Blended Retirement System, savings tools, financial planning for deployment, financial planning, and protecting your financial health. Learn more at http://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-and-legal/personal-financial-management-and-taxes
The Incirlik Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is an organization that can help
make your life in the Air Force more productive and satisfying. We are here to help everyone
from a junior single enlisted member to civilians and retirees.
Readiness is the core of
Our mission is to provide strategic guidance to our leadership, total force members, and their families in a transforming environment. Our consultants partner with leadership and the community to promote the successful adaptation of Airmen and their families to the demands of military life. We assist commanders with the overall health and welfare of their military communities. Each squadron is assigned their own consultant, who works with the squadron's commader, first sergeant, key spouses and others as necessary to determine unit needs and ensure that each unit's needs are met.
The A&FRC can offer classes for your office or organization. Examples include: Sponsorship, Financial Readiness, Stress/Time Management, Assertiveness. Call A&FRC to set up a time that works for you.
TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WORKSHOP
The Transition Assistance Program is a three day workshop covering topics to include, but not limited to the following:
- Career and personal exploration
- Goal setting
- Strategies for an effective job search
- Resume writing
- Federal employment
- Financial considerations
- Interviewing techniques
- Reviewing job offers
- Support and assistance available
It is highly recommended that all members considering or planning to separate or retire from the
military within the next one to two years take advantage of this workshop.
Spouses are welcome to attend with the member. Some individuals attend the class prior to
determining whether they will separate. This approach can assist you with making a more
informed decision regarding the timing of your separation or retirement.
Why should you attend this workshop? Tangible outcomes from attending the three day session include the opportunity to explore your goals, draft a master resume, develop a transition planning budget, experience a mock interview and understand the resources available to support you in your transition.
The process of transitioning into a civilian role requires a planful approach. Most of the information you will need already exists, so it's a matter of pulling it all together in an organized manner. The workshop provides you with the direction and isolated
time to begin this process.
We also recommend that you attend a TAP Workshop at the location you will actually be separating from in addition to attending the class while at Incirlik AB. The instructors at your home of choice will be familiar with the job market in that area and will be connected to the employers doing the hiring. Developing a positive relationship with these instructors while attending the class may be the best way to secure employment in that area.
Military members can register for the course at any time. We schedule courses for the coming year prior to the start of each calendar year. You do not need to have orders in hand, or in process. Call 676-6755 to register for the course.
PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING CHECKLIST - DD FORM 2648
The Airman & Family Readiness Center is notified by the Military Personnel Section when you are going to separate or retire. The A&FRC then contact you to schedule a time to complete the Preseparation Counseling Checklist. If you have a spouse, we encourage you to include them in this briefing.
This form is mandatory for all military members to complete and is a critical facet of Transition Assistance. It provides an overview of the entire program and numerous resources.
Regular Air Force Members serving more than 180 days on active duty who are separating must complete the 2648 not later than 90 days before separation or retirement. Those separating cannot complete the form earlier than 12 months prior to separation. Members retiring cannot complete the 2648 earlier than 24 months before retirement.
You receive a copy of the DD Form 2648 and the original is sent to be put in your permanent personnel record.
VETERAN'S BENEFIT'S TELECONFERENCE
The A&FRC arranges a 3 hour teleconference with the VA Counselor on a quarterly basis. All are welcome to attend. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the VA Counselor during
Don't leave the service without finding out if you qualify for programs from the VA including: home buying assistance, career counseling, education, life insurance, medical care, vocational rehabilitation, death benefits, and a myriad of other programs designed to help you. It is all part of your benefits package, so take advantage of it!
Although there are no VA Counselors on site at Incirlik AB, the VA Counselors in Europe can be reached via DSN as well. You are encouraged set up a private conference call in order to discuss the specifics of your situation and get your individual questions answered. The A&FRC can provide you with the contact numbers at any time.
Military members can register for the teleconference at any time. We schedule courses for the coming year prior to the start of each calendar year. Call 676-6755 to register for the course.
Community Readiness Consultants at the Airman & Family Readiness Center are available to assist you with whatever support you may need at any time during this process. We will be happy to review resumes, conduct mock interview, discuss job search strategies or do whatever it takes to help make your transition as smooth as possible.
Many individuals attend the Transition Assistance Program Workshop as a means of getting started with the transition process, but need direction and support following the class. You are not expected to remember everything we cover during the class, nor to become an expert in 3 days, therefore we are here to support you throughout the transition.
Assistance is open to all by appointment, just call 676-6755 to schedule an appointment.