Active Duty personnel that are making the transition to Reserves, or leaving the military by separation entirely have different benefits that are available to them. Many personnel that come from the active duty service or the battlefield have specific particular situations that are very unique to them. These are situations that occur only to personnel that are coming off of active duty service, and these situations need a specific response by the military medical community. TRICARE benefits are medical benefits that help the Servicemember that is completing their term of enlistment or as they work to transition from military Active duty to inactive reservist or selected Reserve duty.
There are specific transitional Assistance management programs that are designed to help personnel in different types of transitional situations. The different programs help provide health care benefits to Servicemembers that are in Uniformed service for up to 180 days after they first separate from the military. These TAMP types of benefits are also supportive of the Servicemember dependants to make sure their level of medical support is the same as the level of service that they were experiencing before the Servicemember separated. The specific benefits that the Servicemember qualifies for start on the first day after separation. The Servicemember may elect to use the TRICARE prime benefits then they have to be in a area or reside in a TRICARE prime serviced zone, either in the United States or situated overseas. A Reservist or National Air Guard Member that has served for more than 30 days consecutively on active duty as a support or contingency Servicemember qualifies. A Reservist that has been serving on extended duty after being held on a Stop Loss operation also qualifies, as well as a number of other reservists. Traditional transition assistance is something that not everyone qualifies, and its not for everyone, but it will assist a number of Servicemembers that do qualify.
There are other programs that can assist military personnel as they become ready for separation. The transition benefits assist those Servicemembers that would otherwise be without coverage for a period of time as they go through separation from the service. It is not a stopgap measure but one that was designed to help support returning Servicemembers and reservists as they transition to civilian life.