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.
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.
3) Transition Assistance Program (Week Long)
DoD Transition Day
Transition Overview—presents a transition overview of the TAP Curriculum components and mandatory Career Readiness Standards, including your Individual Transition Plan
Managing Your Transition—introduces topics important for transition and associated resources
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
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
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
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
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
Four Additional Tracks
DOL Employment Workshop—provides an in-depth view of the topics covered in the DOL Two-Day
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
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
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