Transition Services Office

June 2022


Welcome to the first edition of my newsletter,The Next Checkpoint.

I am excited to have this opportunity to stay connected with you and share the latest news and information that comes my way.

Congratulations to all those who recently retired. We thank you and your families for your honorable service.   

Some important news in this edition includes access to your iPERMS and the new DD214 coming for Guard and Reserve. 

If you have any information, ideas or topics that you think will be beneficial for an upcoming newsletter, please email me at

Marie Durling

Retirement Services Officer

Upcoming Events

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark Military Day

Saturday, 25 June 2022, Seaside Heights

A day at the Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark. Free rides all day into the evening. You need to arrive between 10:00 AM-2:00 PM to show your military ID and get your bracelets for the day. If you have any questions please email me at The Waterpark opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM. The rides open at Noon and close at 11:00 PM.

Retirement/Transition Seminar

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 0900 to 1300 hours, Bordentown

This is a Retirement/Transition Briefing. Tricare/Humana and USFHP, Retirement Officer, Education, Transition Assistance, Financial, Survivor Outreach, Delta Dental, State Archives, Veterans Services, Military OneSource and Family Assistance. Retirees are welcome to attend. Please use our Registration Form to register.

Accessing Your Army iPERMS

Active, Guard, Reserve, IRR, IMA Soldiers and Veterans

Do you need to view your iPERMS documents but do not have access to a CAC enabled computer? No problem! You can use your DS Logon to access your documents from the HRC Portal. The HRC Portal link is

Download the guide to assist users with the DS Logon registration, upgrade, and log in process as well as how to navigate to your documents in the HRC Portal at


Guard and Reserve

National Guardsmen and Reservists will receive a Defense Department Form 214 following their completion of service, according a new Pentagon policy published recently.

DoD Instruction 1336.01 dated February 17, 2022 gives the services three years to implement the change. Learn more.

Social Security

Social Security Account

A Social Security account provides personalized tools for everyone, whether receiving benefits or not. Those not currently receiving benefits can:

  • Estimate future benefits and compare different dates or ages to begin receiving benefits.

  • Get instant status of the Social Security application.

  • Review work history.

  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most states).

Learn more on the SSA website at

Death of a Retired Soldier

How to Report

Contact the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Division anytime by calling (800) 626-3317. You will be immediately referred to a local Casualty Assistance Center, who will report the death to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to stop retired pay and initiate the survivor benefits process. When reporting the death, provide as much of the information below as you have:

  • Full name
  • Disability Rating
  • Copy of death certificate
  • Social security number and/or service number

  • Circumstances surrounding the death

  • Retirement date

  • Date and place of birth

  • Next of Kin information

  • Retired rank

If you or your spouse needs assistance filling out the paperwork, please call 609-500-4327 or email me at

Did You Know?

NJ Service Medals

Since 2005, more than 59,260 state awards, to include 37,564 New Jersey Distinguished Service Medals, 4,815 New Jersey Meritorious Service Medals, 965 New Jersey Korean Service Medals, 12,421 New Jersey Vietnam Service Medals and 90 New Jersey POW-MIA Service Medals, 355 New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Medals, 22 New Jersey Desert Storm Medals and 14 New Jersey Commendation Medals have been awarded. The awards have been presented at more than 658 ceremonies statewide. (Data current as of 28 February 2022).

The New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal – New Jersey’s highest service award – was originally issued in 1858 for those who had distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia, but was used infrequently until it was re-authorized in 1988.

From 1991-2005, approximately 90,000 New Jersey Distinguished Service Medals and New Jersey Meritorious Service Medals were awarded.

The New Jersey Desert Storm Medal was authorized in 1991. In 2000, the New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal was issued, while the New Jersey Korean Service Medal was introduced in 2003, and, the New Jersey POW-MIA Service Medal was issued in 2006. Finally, the New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Medal was authorized in 2021.

NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Outreach Schedule

Veteran Service Offices

Request Military Records

Family Programs Office

Veterans Memorial Homes

NJ State Medals

Military Funeral Honors

Doyle Veterans Cemetery

Additional Resources




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