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Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

Picture of Airman in Uniform changing into Civilian Business Attire

The redesigned Transition Assistance Program, known as TAP, was initiated by the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011. The Veterans Employment Initiative requires that four mandates be completed by all military personnel before separating or retiring.

Pre-separation counseling is the launching point of the program; therefore, every effort should be made to complete it first.  People who are retiring can schedule this counseling up to 24 months before retirement, while people who are separating can attend up to 12 months beforehand. Those impacted by Force Management programs should attend this counseling as soon as possible.

The Transition GPS --- Goals, Plans, Success workshop should be the next step in the process. This is the only mandated step that has allowable exemptions. Exemptions apply for service members retiring with 20 or more years of active-duty service; service members with documented civilian employment or acceptance to an accredited career technical training, undergraduate or graduate degree program; members with specialized skills which require deployment within 60 days; and Air Force wounded warriors enrolled in an approved Education and Employment Initiative.

Two VA benefits briefings are mandated for all personnel - most Transition GPS workshops include this curriculum. Those people exempt from attending the workshop may attend stand-alone VA briefings, if available.

Finally, the Capstone -- the culminating activity to verify career readiness -- is mandated for all personnel and should be accomplished no later than 90 days before separation or as soon as possible for those people impacted by Force Management. In conjunction with the Airman and Family Readiness Center transition counselor, each commander or approved designee is required to sign the DD Form 2958 to document service member career readiness standards. These standards include having a 12-month post-separation budget plan, resume, etc., as determined by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

 

RESOURCES

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools, and training to ensure Service members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life whether pursuing additional education, finding a job in the public or private sector, or starting their own business. This redesigned TAP is the result of an interagency collaboration to offer separating Service members and their spouse‚Äôs better, more easily accessible resources and information to make their transitions more successful. https://www.dodtap.mil

TAP Transition GPS Virtual Curriculum: https://www.dodtap.mil/virtual_curriculum.html<

Air Force specific delivery of TAP for Airmen can be found: www.afpc.af.mil/lifeandcareer/transition.asp

The installation lead for TAP issues is the local Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC)

To locate a specific A&FRC, Airmen may use the installation locator feature found on Military One Source:  http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil

 

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