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DoD TAP Transition Assistance Program

Transition Assistance

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is there to help meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition out of the military into civilian life. The DoD TAP program offers job-searching assistance as well as other related services.

If a service member is getting out of the military, they can find their nearest Transition Assistance Program, which should be on most military installations both in the United States and overseas. Each service branch will have it’s own program. They are the Soldier For Life Transition Program, Marine Corps Transition Readiness Program, Navy Transition Assistance, Air Force Transition Assistance Program, and the Coast Guard Transition Assistance Program.

What does the DoD TAP program offer?

  • Pre-Separation Counseling- Service members will meet with counselors who introduce the ITP, discuss education and training, employment and career goals, financial management, health and wellbeing, and relocation and housing.
  • Resilient Transition- This is an introduction to resources on transition-related issues to include topics such as stress management, considerations for families, support systems, the value of a mentor, and special issues that eligible service members and their families may encounter as they prepare for post-military life.
  • Military Occupational Code (MOC) Crosswalk– This is a 2-3 hour demonstration of how to translate military skills, training and experience into credentialing appropriate for civilian jobs.
  • Financial Planning for Transition-This is a 4-6 week class that helps provide service members with information and tools that are needed to identify post-transition financial responsibilities, obligations, and goals.
  • VA Benefits I and II Briefings-These are two sessions that are led by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that teaches how to apply for benefits and connect to the VA in the future.
  • DOL Employment Workshop– This is a 3 day workshop that is led by the Department of Labor (DOL) focusing on job-seeking techniques such as interview skills and building effective resumes.
  • ITP Review– This review is with a TAP counselor to ensure that the service member is on track to meet CRS and achieve their post-transition goals.
  • Capstone– This is a culminating event where Commanders verify achievement of CRS prior to transition.
  • Individual Training Tracks– These are 2 day courses focusing on 3, self-selected paths, depending on what the service member plans to do after the military. They are Accessing Higher Education, Career Technical Training, and Entrepreneurship.
  • Installation Briefings– Installations will hold classes and seminars on dressing for success, goal setting, change management, and evaluating and negotiating job offers.
  • Individual Assistance– Installations will also provide personal help for the service member and their spouse for up to 180 days after separation or retirement, to include one-on-one support, recourses, needs assessments, and referrals.

What is the VMET?

VMET stands for Verification of Military Experiences and Training form DD 2586. This is to assess the service member’s knowledge, experience and skills as they relate to civilian jobs. The form provides military experience and training, recommended college-credit information, and civilian-equivalent job titles.

As of 2019, TAP has been changed so that it will begin a year before separation vs 90 days.

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