Transition Assistance Program

              The Airman & Family Readiness Center is here to assist you during your transition from the military to civilian life. 

Effective 21 November 2012, Public Law 101-510, H.R. 2433 and Executive Order 13518 mandates all separating or retiring service members complete newly established components of the Transition Assistance Program in addition to Pre-Separation Counseling, DD 2648/-1. It is mandatory that separating/retiring members contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 707-424-2486 to ensure requirements are completed, according to established timelines, prior to date of separation. 


Step   One:  TAP Initial  Counseling 
For those who are separating/retiring, you MUST make an INITIAL COUNSELING appointment immediately for
your transition. *MANDATORY* MUST make a Initial Counseling appointment before scheduling all other transition classes. 


  1. Email the TAP Team at

  2. Ask for INITIAL COUNSELING appointment

  3. Fill out the attached Statement of Understanding (SOU) and the Transition Assistance Self-Assessment Worksheet and bring it with you to the appointment.

  4. You will meet one-on-one with a counselor and discuss the next steps and sign up for the mandated classes.

  5. Call if you have any questions. (707) 424-2486


                       A&FRC SOU                                    Initial Self-Assessment                        Initial Counseling step-by-step               

Step Two:   Pre-Separation Briefing 

 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.


 2020 Pre-Separation Agenda                                  


Step Three: Transition Assistance  Program Workshop---   3+2 (5  Day)

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(click each one to learn more):

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 to learn interview skills, build effective resumes, and use emerging technology to network and search for employment. ​

Step Four: Capstone

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

  • VMET Printed

  • 1-1 Initial Counseling Appointment Completed 

  • Individual Transition Plan

  • Pre-Separation Counseling

  • TAP 3+2(5 Day) Workshop

  • Resume

  • 12 Month Budget 

  • Gap Analysis Worksheet

  • Interest Profiler Assessment (



Extra Training    Tracks

     Transitioning Service members will have the option of selecting one or more two-day individual Training Tracks aligned with their personal goals: Accessing Higher Education, Career Exploration & Planning, and Entrepre

SBA "Boots to Business" Entrepreneurship Track

Service members pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sectors will receive information related to the benefits and challenges of entrepreneurship and the steps required for business ownership through the SBA "Boots to Business," Entrepreneurship Track. Once Service members have completed the Entrepreneurship Track, they 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 helps them complete a business plan and connects them with a successful business mentor to assist Service members with the business start-up process.

Boots to Business Fact Sheet

Accessing Higher Education Track

The Accessing Higher Education track is for those pursuing higher education. It assists Service members in identifying the education requirements that support their personal goals. This track focuses on topics such as how to achieve academic success, how to research and compare institutions, and how to finance higher education. After completing the Accessing Higher Education Track, Service members will be prepared to complete an application to an accredited institution, schedule a session with a counselor from an academic institution, or meet individually with education counselors, as needed.

Career Exploration and Planning Track

This two-day workshop is centered on career exploration and development.  Service members take two excellent online assessments to discover their career interests and aptitudes (natural skills/talents).  Students then get detailed reports of recommended careers which match both their interests and natural abilities. They also receive guidance on how to interpret their reports and several tools to develop an individual career plan.  

During the workshop, students explore:

  • Individual skills and interests that relate to their career growth

  • Labor market conditions, including high demand occupations

  • Expected salary ranges at each career level

  • Career preparation programs (licensing or certification programs, technical schools, community colleges, apprenticeships, internships, etc.)

  • Available funding options

The workshop facilitator will provide one-on-one career guidance to each student during the workshop.  This is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Those who are unsure what they will do after transition

  • Those who would like to make sure their current career plan is a good fit

  • Anyone who just wants to explore more career options. 

  • Spouses are welcome **as well as dependent high school students (on off-school days).

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 Airman and Family Readiness Center