TAP Components

Transition Assistance Program 
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a comprehensive, mandatory program through the efforts of an interagency team from the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Education (ED), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Small Business Administration (SBA)

TAP - known as the Transition Assistance Program- is a cohesive, modular, outcome-based program that provides opportunities and aids in the successful transition into a "career-ready" civilian. TAP bolsters and standardizes the transition services that service members receive prior to separating from the military to make them employment ready, prepared to enter into higher education, attend career technical training, or start their own business. 

In addition to the mandatory components, there are optional components/tracks. Contact the A&FRC at (509) 247-2246 to schedule. 

TAP 2021 Calendar

TAP Curriculum

Below is an overview of the components included in TAP Curriculum along with material that will be helpful:

1) Initial Counseling and Self-Assessment: One on one session that allows the member to tailor a post-military plan that meets the goals of the member and offers resources to make the transition go smoothly.


2) Pre-separation/Transition Counseling: For all service members leaving the military. Provides numerous resources on all topics for transition to civilian life. Spouse attendance is encouraged.

Pre-separation Executive Summary Sheet

Pre-separation Slides

Pre-separation Resources

Pre-separation Agenda

3) Transition Assistance Program (Week Long)

TAP Daily Schedule

DoD Transition Day

Transition Overview—presents a transition overview of the TAP Curriculum components and mandatory Career Readiness Standards, including your Individual Transition Plan

Individual Transition Plan

Managing Your Transition—introduces topics important for transition and associated resources

Managing Your (MY) Transition_Participant Guide

Military Occupational Code (MOC) Crosswalk and Gap Analysis— assists with identifying skills and demonstrates how to translate skills, training, and experience into civilian credentialing appropriate for civilian jobs

MOC Crosswalk_Participant Guide

Crosswalk GAP Analysis

Financial Planning for Transition—builds on the financial training provided during the Military Life Cycle (MLC) and helps Service members understand how transition will impact financial situations

Financial Planning_Participant Guide

Financial Budget Worksheet

Excel Budget for Download

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits and Services Day: provides information about VA benefits, services, and tools, and shows how to find the help and support needed for a successful transition

VA Benefits_Participant Guide

Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Fundamentals for Career Transition Day(s): provides a high-level overview of the process used to find and obtain employment

Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition_Participant-Guide

4) Capstone: Individual appointment to verify that the service member has completed all Career Readiness Standards pertaining to their specific tier and is ready for transition

TAP Tri-fold Tier I

TAP Tri-fold Tier II

TAP Tri-Fold Tier III

Optional Components:

Four Additional Tracks

Four Additional Two-Day Tracks Schedule

DOL Employment Workshop—provides an in-depth view of the topics covered in the DOL Two-Day

Department of Labor Employment Workshop_Participant-Guide

DOL Vocational Training Track—increases awareness of training and credentialing programs, apprenticeships, and certification/licensure requirements which culminates with the development of an action plan to achieve career goals

Department of Labor Vocational Training Workshop_Participant-Guide

DoD Managing Your Education—assists participants in identifying the higher education requirements that support their personal career goals

SBA Entrepreneurship Track – Boots to Business (B2B)—provides an introductory understanding of business ownership

Entrepreneurship Track_Workbook




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