Transitioning Service Member (TSM) Overview

Are you in the process of separating or retiring from Military Service? Being a survivor of sexual assault and going through the transition process can be difficult. Below is some information that may be helpful.

Am I a TSM?

You are a Transitioning Service Member (TSM) if you are a Service member separating from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, National Guard, Reserve Component or the Coast Guard for the following reasons:

  • Voluntarily or involuntarily retiring
  • Service obligation is ending
  • Medically discharged
  • Voluntarily or involuntarily discharged

Services that are Available:

The following categories of resources are available to help you through this transition. Choose from Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and civilian resources for sexual assault survivors who are separating or retiring from Service.

  • Accessing Benefits
  • Disability Assistance
  • Education and Training Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Basic Needs
  • Housing Assistance
  • Medical Health Care
  • Veterans Support
  • Transition Assistance Programs

Determine what resources are right for you

Common TSM related questions:

  • How long am I considered a TSM?

  • What are some common thoughts and feelings during transition?

  • How might surviving a sexual assault affect your transition?

  • What are some relevant resources available during your transition?

  • What is Military Sexual Trauma (MST)?



Anyone impacted by sexual assault whether it happened to you or someone you care can find support through Safe Helpline. You can call the Telephone Helpline at 877-995-5247 to be connected with trained Safe Helpline staff members who can help. You can also visit https://www.safehelpline.org to receive support via a confidential online chat.



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