Starting the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Process?
The National Defense Authorization Action 1 October 2019 has changed the Transition Assistance Process. TAP is broken down into five parts over a minimum 12-month timeline, although those getting ready to retire are strongly encouraged to start as far as 24 months out. Many participants share that they wished they had started their process sooner than they actually did because the entire program is certainly is a wealth of information.
General Info to read prior to starting ANY of the transition process:
Managing Your Transition Timeline
Statement of Benefits
Initial counseling (STEP 1)
Individualized Initial Counseling between the service member and a TAP counselor is the official start to the transition process. It is required no less than 365 days prior to the service member's official separation date. During the IC session, service members complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of their Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to identify their unique needs of the transition process and post-transition goals.
Pre-Separation Briefing(STEP 2):
Like the initial counseling, the pre-separation briefing is also due no less than a year before service members plan to officially leave the military. This is a workshop packed with information about available benefits and transition help. We also have TRICARE, TMO, and SBP briefers attend as well as other agencies that are here to help our transitioning members know their available resources.
Statement of Benefits
TAP Workshop(STEP 3):
This workshop consists of A&FRC, VA, and Department of Labor. The A&FRC discusses how transitioning service members shift their lives from being centered on the military to being focused on the civilian world. This day focuses on resilience building, learning how to manage their own transition, translating their military occupational specialty into a civilian career, and the impact on their taxable income and creating a financial plan for post-transition. The Department of Veterans Affairs will have a day full of knowledge of resources and the last day is a 1-day workshop which provides an introduction to the essential tools and resources needed to evaluate career options, gain information for civilian employment, and understand the fundamentals of the employment process.
DOD Transition Day 1 Includes:
Transition Day 2 Includes:
VA Benefits and Services
Transition Day 3 Includes:
DOL One-Day Employment Workshop + 2 day
DOL Employment Track Summary
A comprehensive 2-day workshop that covers emerging best practices in career employment, including in-depth training t learn interview skills, build effective resumes, and use emerging technology and search for employment.
TAP CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTS(STEP 4):
After the TAP courses and briefing days, a final TAP capstone appointment with the transition counselor will certify that they have checked all of the transition boxes and met the Pentagon's list of career readiness standards (CRS). The capstone is the final piece of the TAP process and, in most cases, must be completed no less than 90 days before their final out date.
Capstone is held every Tuesday at 1330. Be ready with the following documents:
E-Benefits Account Registration Established
MilConnect DS Logon Created~ eForm Signed
CCAF Unofficial Transcripts Printed (Air Force Only)
LinkedIn Account Created
1-1 Initial Counseling Appointment Completed
Individual Transition Plan
TAP 3+2(5 Day) Workshop
12 Month Budget
Gap Analysis Worksheet
Interest Profiler Assessment (mynextmove.org)
TWO DAY TRACKS:
Since no service member's transition is exactly the same, TAP offers a series of two-day, individual tracks designed to help with individual transition goals. These tracks are: the DOL Employment Track, the DOL Vocational Career Exploration Track, the DOD Education Track and the SBA Entrepreneurship/starting a small business Track. Service members must select at least one of these tracks, but can also select to attend more than one as part of their transition.
DOL Employment Track Summary
A comprehensive 2-day workshop that covers emerging best practices in career employment, including in-depth training to learn interview skills, build effective resumes, and use emerging technology to network and search for employment.
DOL Vocational Career Exploration Track
A track that offers a unique opportunity for participants to complete a personalized career development assessment of occupational interest and ability. Participants will also be guided through a variety of career considerations, including labor market projections, education, apprenticeships, certifications, and licensure requirements.
DOD Education Track
This track assists service members in identifying the higher education requirements that support their personal career goals. This workshop is beneficial for both service members attending college for the first time and those applying to graduate school programs. Throughout the workshop, service members will have an opportunity to conduct research as each topic is explored and complete a comparison of at least two institutions of higher education.
SBA Entrepreneurship Small Business Track
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) “Boots to Business” course offers information related to the benefits and challenges of entrepreneurship for service members pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sectors and teaches the steps required for business ownership. Upon completion, service members will have developed the initial components of a business feasibility plan. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to enroll in an optional eight-week, online entrepreneurship course, which will help them complete a business plan and connect them with a successful business mentor to assist with the business start-up process.
Additional Transition Resources
Verification of Military Training and Experience (VMET): To download the VMET
Employee Summary Sheet (ESS-CG): To obtain an ESS-CG (only accessible with a CAC)
Joint Service Transcript (JST): To request an official copy of the JST be sent directly to
the school or obtain an unofficial copy
Community College of the Air Force (CCAF): To request an official copy to be sent
directly to the school or obtain an unofficial copy of the CCAF transcript
Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL)
Coast Guard: https://www.cool.uscg.mil
O*NET My Next Move: A resource to help you to research occupations, determine
existing skills, and find careers using those skills