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Transition Assistance

The Transition Assistance Program is designed to make separation or retirement from service a well- planned, organized, and thoughtful progression that empowers Service Members to make informed career decisions, be competitive in a global workforce, and become positive contributors to their communities.  The mandatory components of TAP are applicable to all Service Members who have at least 180 continuous days or more on active duty; this includes National Guard and Reserve.

TAP Timeline

Service Members are required to initiate the TAP process no later than 365 days from the date of separation or retirement.  However, the process cannot begin until within 24 months from retirement or within 18 months from separation. You can find a comprehensive timeline for the entire process here: https://www.dodtap.mil/resources.html Managing Your (MY) Transition Time

Steps to Completing TAP

STEP 1 

Individualized Initial Counseling (IC): IC is the official start of the transition process and required no less than 365 days prior to the Service Member's official separation date.  During IC, Service Members complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to identify their unique needs of the transition process and post-transition goals.

STEP 2 

Pre-separation Counseling: The Pre-separation Counseling commences once the IC session is complete and is also due no less than a year before a Service Member plans to officially leave the military. This workshop is packed with by-law information regarding various benefits, programs and services to assist transitioning service members become familiar with the available resources.

STEP 3 

Transition “TAP” Workshop:  Multi-day workshops presented by the M&FRC, Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Veteran Affairs.  The M&FRC topics include resiliency, managing your transition, military to civilian occupational specialty code, and post-transition financial planning. The DOL will cover the Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition. And the VA will present various programs and services available. Additional 2 Day Tracks: Additional tracks are available to Service Member’s based on your transition goals and needs. These include Employment, Vocational, Education, or Entrepreneurship. They are provided by experts in these fields such as the Department of Labor, Education Center, and Small Business Association.

 STEP 4 

Capstone Event (Finalizing DD Form 2648): The final piece of the TAP process.  At the Capstone appointment, the transition counselor will certify that the Service Members have completed all the Career Readiness Standards, ensuring the Service Member’s preparedness to successfully transition from military to civilian life. The Capstone must be competed no less than 90 days before final out-processing date.

Complete Tasks Below to Begin TAP!
Complete ALL documents listed below and email them to: 11FSS.MFRC.taporg@us.af.mil

a)    Transition Assistance Self-Assessment Worksheet
b)    Individual Transition Plan (ITP): Pages 1-3 (up to Section A only) 
c)    Customer Info Sheet-SOU-PRI


These documents will be carefully reviewed and used to help determine your TAP requirements and registration of workshops. Incomplete documents will delay the process significantly.

Transition Workshop Documents:
Approximately 5 business days prior to your 3 Day TAP Workshop, you will receive an instructional e-mail with location, ROEs, and tasks to be completed prior to class.  You will need the following documents throughout the TAP process and during workshops.  Click on each of the links below to review.  An explanation of how these are accomplished will be provided during class.


1)    Managing Your (MY) Transition Timeline
2)    DoD TAP Login (DS Registration) Instructions
3)    Retrieving VMET Instructions
4)    Tier 1 Brochure
5)    Tier 2 Brochure
6)    Tier 3 Brochure
7)    Pre-Separation Workshop Handout
8)    MOC Crosswalk Participant Guide
9)     MOC Crosswalk Gap Analysis
10)    Financial Planning Participant Guide
11)    Post-Transition Spend Plan Template
12)    Personal Budget Worksheet
13)    DOL EFCT Download 

 

Additional Resources:

 

Capstone Event:

Capstones are held every Thursday between 0900 – 1430.  In preparation for your Capstone event please be sure to have following items complete and ready to present at your appointment:

 

  • E-Benefits Account Registration Established

  • MilConnect DS Logon Created – eFrom Signed

  • CCAF Unoffical Transcripts Printed (Air Force Only)

  • VMET Printed

  • Individual Transition Plan

  • Resume

  • 12 Month Budget

  • Gap Analysis Worksheet

  • Interest Profiler Assessment (mynextmove.org)

This is an unofficial DoD website. Eligible users of the Force Support Squadron activities are active duty military, military retirees, reservists, Department of Defense civilian employees and family members of military identification card holders. This website is a services provided as a public service by the Force Support Squadron, Joint Base Andrews and is intended for use by the public for viewing and retrieving information only.

Military & Family Support Center

118 Brookley Ave.

Building 13

Washington, D.C. 20032

202-284-4462

Email

11FSS.MFRC.taporg@us.af.mil

 

Opening Hours:

Monday- Friday:...................................... 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holidays, AFDW Family Days & Weekends.....Closed

 

 

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