Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a congressionally mandated program for all separating and retiring service members across the DoD. TAP Services are available to all eligible Service members and their spouses (space permitting), beginning NLT 14-18 months prior to anticipated seperation or 24 months prior to anticipated retirement. There are four mandatory steps in the process. Steps 1 and 2 should be completed no later than 365 days prior to your anticipated date of separation/retirement; however please reach out regardless of your timeframe for personalized assistance. Your assigned transition counselor will guide you through each step of the process.
Action Items to Begin TAP
Complete and email the following items to
A TAP Counselor will respond to you within 5 business days of submission.
- M&FRC Statement of Understanding
- Individual Transition Plan (ITP) - Page 1 to Section 1 ONLY
Establish DS Logon, VA.gov, and access VMET/CCAF. You will bring these to your Initial Counseling Appointment!
Review the TAP schedule for upcoming workshop dates.
This first step assesses service member goals/needs and assigns a Tier level (1-3) based on individual preparedness for transition.
Service members learn what must be accomplished and are provided resource information.
The eForm (DD Form 2648) is initiated during this appointment.
Must be accomplished NLT 365 days from date of separation (DOS).
During this briefing, members are informed of entitlements/benefits they may be eligible for to assist them, their family members, and their significant others with the transition to civilian life.
Pre-separation Counseling should be accomplished early in the transition process but NLT 365 days from anticipated date of separation.
Downloads provided in this section describe the programs, services and resources available and will assist with transition planning.
Transition (TAP) Workshop
Three days of comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare service members for their transition.
This workshop consists of the following mandatory requirements: DoD Day, VA Benefits and Services, DOL Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition.
Step 3 Downloads
Click read more to review the following documents:
- Managing Your (MY) Transition
- Financial Planning for Transition
- Post-Separation Financial Plan
- MOC Crosswalk
- MOC GAP Analysis
- Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
Click read more to review the following documents:
- VA Benefits Advisor Contact Information
- VA Benefits Advisor Participant Guide
Service members show evidence they have completed Career Readiness Standards (CRS), which are tangible measurements of a service member’s preparedness to successfully transition from military to civilian life. The eForm (DD Form 2648) is finalized during this appointment.
Must be accomplished NET 12 months and NLT 90 days from date of separation (DOS). You will need the completed DD Form 2648 (signed by leadership) to out-process the installation. You will be signed off in vMPF after the DD Form 2648 is complete.
Service members are encouraged to participate in at least one Two-Day Track. Click on the title of each workshop in the "Two-Day Tracks Downloads" tab to learn more. Depending on your Tier level assignment, a Two-Day Track may be required.
Career Readiness Standards (CRS) for each track may be required at Capstone.
Two-Day Tracks Downloads
Service members pursuing college education will receive guidance to prepare for the college application process. The Education track addresses such topics as identifying educational goals, education funding, and researching and comparing institutions. Upon completion of this track, service members will be prepared to submit an application to an academic institution, meet with a counselor from the institution, and connect with the Student Veterans Organization on campus. Service members will be able to meet with education counselors for individualized preparation as desired.
CRS: Complete a comparison of higher education institutions option
The DOL Career and Credential Exploration Track assist with establishing clear goals, evaluating training options, and building an action plan. Participants will complete personalized career development assessments of occupational interest, aptitude, and work values. They will learn how to use certification finder web tools to identify licensed occupations and a military occupational code translator.
CRS: Complete a comparison of technical training institution options
Click read more for the C2E Participant Guide.
The Employment Track assists members seeking employment with resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, labor market information, and federal employment.
CRS: Complete targeted resume or provide verification of employment.
Click read more for the Participant Guide.
Participants pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sector will learn about the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, the benefits and realities of entrepreneurship, and the steps toward business ownership. Upon completion of the Entrepreneurship track, service members will have developed the initial components of their business plan.
After completing Boots to Business, participants may elect to enroll in an optional eight-week online Entrepreneurship course. Service members and Veterans will be connected with a small business owner to mentor and guide them through their business start-up.