DD Form 2648 Service Member Pre-separation / Transition Counseling and Career Readiness Standards Eform for Service Members Separating, Retiring, Released From Active Duty (REFRAD)

What Is DD Form 2648?

The DD Form 2648 - also known as the Service Member Pre-Separation/Transition Counseling and Career Readiness Standards eForm for Service Members Separating, Retiring, Released from Active Duty (REFRAD) - is a form used for documenting Service member's separation by the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) staff.

The aim of the TAP is to support service members and their families in their transition to civilian life. For example, the program can provide aid in enrolling in the educational field or finding employment in the private sector. The first step to the transitioning process is completing the DD Form 2648. A copy of the form is then legally required to be added to your personal file.

The Department of Defense (DoD) released the latest version of the form in December 2018.

The 2016 edition of the e-form DD 2648 - often incorrectly referred to as DA Form 2648 - replaced a number of forms, which are not utilized anymore: the DD Form 2648, Active Duty Pre-Separation Checklist, the DD Form 2648-1, National Guard and Reserve Pre-Separation Checklist, and the DD Form 2958, Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Checklist. A fillable copy can be downloaded below.

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SERVICE MEMBER PRE-SEPARATION/TRANSITION COUNSELING AND CAREER READINESS STANDARDS EFORM FOR
SERVICE MEMBERS SEPARATING, RETIRING, RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY (REFRAD)
SECTION I - PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 1142, Preseparation Counseling; transmittal of medical records to Department of Veterans Affairs.
PURPOSE(S): To record pre-separation counseling services and benefits requested by and provided to Service members; to identify pre-separation counseling areas of interest as a basis for development of
an Individual Transition Plan (ITP). The signed pre-separation counseling checklist will be maintained in the Service member’s official personnel file. Title 10 USC 1142, requires that not later than 90 days
before the date of separation, for anticipated losses, pre-separation counseling for Service members be made available. For unanticipated losses, or in the event a member of a reserve component is being
demobilized under circumstances in which operational requirements make the 90-day requirement unfeasible, pre-separation counseling shall be made available as soon as possible within the remaining
period.
ROUTINE USE(S): Disclosure of records are generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Applicable Blanket Routine Use(s) are: Law Enforcement Routine Use,
Congressional Inquiries, Disclosure to the Department of Justice for Litigation Routine Use, Disclosure of Information to the National Archives and Records Administration Routine Use, and Data Breach
Remediation Purposes Routine Use.
To the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of available benefits to the Service member.
The complete list of DoD Blanket Routine Uses can be found online at http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx
The applicable system of records notice is: DMDC 01, Defense Manpower Data Center Data Base
The SORNs may be found at http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DOD-wide-SORN-Article-View/Article/570563/dmdc-01/
DISCLOSURE: Disclosure is voluntary however it may not be possible to initiate preseparation counseling and other transition assistance services or develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) for a Service
member if the information is not provided.
SECTION II – SERVICE MEMBER PERSONAL INFORMATION
1. NAME
2. DOD ID NUMBER
3. GRADE
4. DATE OF BIRTH
5. SERVICE
5a. COMPONENT
6. UNIT NAME
6a. UNIT ID CODE
6b. MILITARY INSTALLATION
7. ANTICIPATED DATE OF
7a. REASON FOR SEPARATION
7b. TYPE OF SEPARATION
8. DATE FORM WAS INITIATED
SEPARATION
9. MEMBER ALLOWS THIS FORM TO BE SENT TO FEDERAL AGENCIES FOR ADDITIONAL TRANSITION ASSISTANCE POST SEPARATION:
9a. MEMBER ALLOWS THIS FORM TO BE SENT TO FEDERAL AND OTHER AGENCIES WHO LOOK FOR CRITICAL LANGUAGE SKILLS AND/OR REGIONAL
EXPERTISE THAT COULD BE VITAL DURING TIMES OF NEED, CRISIS, AND/OR NATIONAL EMERGENCIES:
9b. POST-SEPARATION EMAIL:
9c. POST-SEPARATION PHONE NUMBER:
10. MILITARY MEMBER/CAREGIVER/LEGAL GUARDIAN/DESIGNEE GOING TO BE PRESENT DURING PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING:
SECTION III – PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING, PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING NEEDS ASSESSMENT, REVIEW, AND
VERIFICATION TO MEET CAREER READINESS STANDARDS (CRS), AND VOW COMPLIANCE
Service members shall be counseled on all items prescribed in Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), Chapter 58, Sections 1142(b) (1-17), Sections 1143,
1143a, 1144, 1145, 1146, 1147, 1148, 1149, 1150, 1151, and 1154, and DoD policies; involuntarily separated Service members have alternative benefits
and programs that apply to them. Service member completed the following to meet Career Readiness Standards (CRS):
*Required
11. Completed Pre-Separation Counseling: *
Pre-Sep
Capstone
CRS Review
Assessment
12. Completed the Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefits Briefings I and II: *
13. Completed the Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Workshop: *
14. Registered on eBenefits *
15. Prepared a criterion-based Financial Plan for military to civilian transition *
16. Completed a criterion-based Individual Transition Plan (ITP) *
17. Completed a Continuum of Military Service Opportunity Counseling (Required Active Component Only)
18. Evaluated transferability of military skills to civilian workforce / Complete DoD Standardized Gap Analysis *
19. Documented requirements and eligibility for licensure, certification, and apprenticeship *
20. Completed an assessment tool to identify personal interests and leanings regarding career selection *
21. Completed a job application package or received a job offer letter *
22. Completed an assessment tool to identify aptitudes, interests, strengths, or skills
23. Completed a comparison of higher academic or technical training institution options
24. Completed a college, university, or career technical training application or received an acceptance letter
25. Confirmed one-on-one counseling with a higher education or career technical training institution advisor
26. I WAS COUNSELED AND RECEIVED DOCUMENTATION ON ALL ITEMS IN SECTION III, WHICH INCLUDES ALL ITEMS LISTED ON THE PRE-SEPARATION /
TRANSITION COUNSELING ADDENDUM SHEET:
27. PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING WAS COMPLETED WITH 89 DAYS OR LESS REMAINING BEFORE SEPARATION:
27a. PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING COMPLETED 89 DAYS OR LESS JUSTIFICATION:
28. SERVICE MEMBER SIGNATURE & DATE
29. TRANSITION COUNSELOR SIGNATURE & DATE
DD FORM 2648, DEC2018
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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SERVICE MEMBER PRE-SEPARATION/TRANSITION COUNSELING AND CAREER READINESS STANDARDS EFORM FOR
SERVICE MEMBERS SEPARATING, RETIRING, RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY (REFRAD)
SECTION I - PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 1142, Preseparation Counseling; transmittal of medical records to Department of Veterans Affairs.
PURPOSE(S): To record pre-separation counseling services and benefits requested by and provided to Service members; to identify pre-separation counseling areas of interest as a basis for development of
an Individual Transition Plan (ITP). The signed pre-separation counseling checklist will be maintained in the Service member’s official personnel file. Title 10 USC 1142, requires that not later than 90 days
before the date of separation, for anticipated losses, pre-separation counseling for Service members be made available. For unanticipated losses, or in the event a member of a reserve component is being
demobilized under circumstances in which operational requirements make the 90-day requirement unfeasible, pre-separation counseling shall be made available as soon as possible within the remaining
period.
ROUTINE USE(S): Disclosure of records are generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Applicable Blanket Routine Use(s) are: Law Enforcement Routine Use,
Congressional Inquiries, Disclosure to the Department of Justice for Litigation Routine Use, Disclosure of Information to the National Archives and Records Administration Routine Use, and Data Breach
Remediation Purposes Routine Use.
To the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of available benefits to the Service member.
The complete list of DoD Blanket Routine Uses can be found online at http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx
The applicable system of records notice is: DMDC 01, Defense Manpower Data Center Data Base
The SORNs may be found at http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DOD-wide-SORN-Article-View/Article/570563/dmdc-01/
DISCLOSURE: Disclosure is voluntary however it may not be possible to initiate preseparation counseling and other transition assistance services or develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) for a Service
member if the information is not provided.
SECTION II – SERVICE MEMBER PERSONAL INFORMATION
1. NAME
2. DOD ID NUMBER
3. GRADE
4. DATE OF BIRTH
5. SERVICE
5a. COMPONENT
6. UNIT NAME
6a. UNIT ID CODE
6b. MILITARY INSTALLATION
7. ANTICIPATED DATE OF
7a. REASON FOR SEPARATION
7b. TYPE OF SEPARATION
8. DATE FORM WAS INITIATED
SEPARATION
9. MEMBER ALLOWS THIS FORM TO BE SENT TO FEDERAL AGENCIES FOR ADDITIONAL TRANSITION ASSISTANCE POST SEPARATION:
9a. MEMBER ALLOWS THIS FORM TO BE SENT TO FEDERAL AND OTHER AGENCIES WHO LOOK FOR CRITICAL LANGUAGE SKILLS AND/OR REGIONAL
EXPERTISE THAT COULD BE VITAL DURING TIMES OF NEED, CRISIS, AND/OR NATIONAL EMERGENCIES:
9b. POST-SEPARATION EMAIL:
9c. POST-SEPARATION PHONE NUMBER:
10. MILITARY MEMBER/CAREGIVER/LEGAL GUARDIAN/DESIGNEE GOING TO BE PRESENT DURING PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING:
SECTION III – PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING, PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING NEEDS ASSESSMENT, REVIEW, AND
VERIFICATION TO MEET CAREER READINESS STANDARDS (CRS), AND VOW COMPLIANCE
Service members shall be counseled on all items prescribed in Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), Chapter 58, Sections 1142(b) (1-17), Sections 1143,
1143a, 1144, 1145, 1146, 1147, 1148, 1149, 1150, 1151, and 1154, and DoD policies; involuntarily separated Service members have alternative benefits
and programs that apply to them. Service member completed the following to meet Career Readiness Standards (CRS):
*Required
11. Completed Pre-Separation Counseling: *
Pre-Sep
Capstone
CRS Review
Assessment
12. Completed the Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefits Briefings I and II: *
13. Completed the Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Workshop: *
14. Registered on eBenefits *
15. Prepared a criterion-based Financial Plan for military to civilian transition *
16. Completed a criterion-based Individual Transition Plan (ITP) *
17. Completed a Continuum of Military Service Opportunity Counseling (Required Active Component Only)
18. Evaluated transferability of military skills to civilian workforce / Complete DoD Standardized Gap Analysis *
19. Documented requirements and eligibility for licensure, certification, and apprenticeship *
20. Completed an assessment tool to identify personal interests and leanings regarding career selection *
21. Completed a job application package or received a job offer letter *
22. Completed an assessment tool to identify aptitudes, interests, strengths, or skills
23. Completed a comparison of higher academic or technical training institution options
24. Completed a college, university, or career technical training application or received an acceptance letter
25. Confirmed one-on-one counseling with a higher education or career technical training institution advisor
26. I WAS COUNSELED AND RECEIVED DOCUMENTATION ON ALL ITEMS IN SECTION III, WHICH INCLUDES ALL ITEMS LISTED ON THE PRE-SEPARATION /
TRANSITION COUNSELING ADDENDUM SHEET:
27. PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING WAS COMPLETED WITH 89 DAYS OR LESS REMAINING BEFORE SEPARATION:
27a. PRE-SEPARATION / TRANSITION COUNSELING COMPLETED 89 DAYS OR LESS JUSTIFICATION:
28. SERVICE MEMBER SIGNATURE & DATE
29. TRANSITION COUNSELOR SIGNATURE & DATE
DD FORM 2648, DEC2018
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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SECTION IV – OTHER REQUIREMENTS
30. EVALUATED POST-TRANSITION TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS AND DEVELOPED A PLAN TO MEET PERSONAL/FAMILY NEEDS:
31. EVALUATED POST-TRANSITION HOUSING REQUIREMENTS AND DEVELOPED A PLAN TO MEET PERSONAL/FAMILY NEEDS:
SECTION V – OTHER CURRICULUM ATTENDANCE
32. ACCESSING HIGHER EDUCATION TRACK:
33. ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK:
33a. ADDITIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK TRAINING (8 WEEK COURSE):
34. CAREER EXPLORATION AND PLANNING TRACK:
SECTION VI – CAPSTONE REVIEW
35. SERVICE MEMBER SIGNATURE & DATE
36. TRANSITION COUNSELOR SIGNATURE & DATE
SECTION VII – COMMANDER OR COMMANDER’S DESIGNEE VERIFICATION
40. COMMANDER OR COMMANDER’S DESIGNEE SIGNATURE & DATE
37. APPLICABLE CAREER READINESS STANDARDS MET:
38. VIABLE ITP COMPLETED:
39. WARM HANDOVERS EXECUTED:
SECTION VIII – WARM HANDOVER TO SUPPORTING AGENCIES CONTACT INFORMATION
41. VETERANS AFFAIRS:
42. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR:
43. OTHER RESOURCE:
SECTION IX – REMARKS
44. REMARKS:
DD FORM 2648, DEC2018
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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SECTION IX – REMARKS (CONT.)
44. REMARKS (CONT.):
DD FORM 2648, DEC2018
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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DD Form 2648 Instructions

This form can and must be filled online, certified with an electronic signature, printed and signed again by hand.

  1. After you read the first section of the form, the Privacy Act Statement, start filling out the second section. Fill in the top lines: your name, DoD ID, grade, date of birth, the field of service, component type, unit name and ID code, and military installation.
  2. Provide basic information about your separation: give a reason, state the type, enter the anticipated date and the day the form was initiated.
  3. Make sure that you receive proper counseling and complete all applying procedures before completing the third section. Pre-separation counseling is available using the updated Pre-separation script.
  4. Section III requires short "Yes" or "No" answers for every box. Note that at the end of the section you need both the signature of a transition counselor and your own, done in the same two-step way described above.
  5. Sections IV and V are for other requirements and curriculum attendance. Section VI is to be signed by yourself and your transition counselor twice.
  6. You need to receive the Commander or Commander's designee verification for Section VII.
  7. If you answered "No" in questions 27 and 28 about transportation and housing, you need to file Section VIII.
  8. Lastly, Section IX can be used for other additional remarks.

Where to Find DD Form 2648?

You can find the fillable form through the link above or on the DoD TAP website.

Why Does DD Form 2648 Have Draft on It?

This watermark distinguishes the PDF draft form the e-filable form. Service members file the form on the DoD TAP website. The DD eForm 2648 becomes accessible after logging in.

When the document is filled out and signed by your Commander, its status will change to "Complete" and you will be able to print it without watermark.

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