Transition Assistance Program
Understanding the redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information and training to ensure Service members leaving Active Duty are prepared for their next step in life whether pursuing additional education, finding a job in the public or private sector, or starting their own business. In 2013, TAP was completely redesigned through an interagency collaboration between the Department of Defense (DoD) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Labor (DOL), Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Education (ED), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to offer transitioning Service members and their spouses more easily accessible resources and information. Transitioning military members may attend transition services as EARLY as 2 years out for retirees and 1 year out for separatees.
Transition GPS Beneficiary Site (click for link)
The Transition GPS curriculum is designed to provide Service members with the skills-building training, services, resources and tools they need to meet the Career Readiness Standards (CRS). Shortly before departing the military, Service members demonstrate achievement of these standards to Command through a verification process called Capstone. This process includes an opportunity to connect Service members with remaining needs with agency partners who provide them with additional support.
The DoD TAP GPS website may be found here
1. Learn about the new Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) curriculum
2. Determine how and where to start preparing for their transition to civilian life
3. Discover a host of online resources regarding VA benefits, financial planning assistance, and assessing and documenting their skills for transition to civilian life
Transition Assistance Program: Goals Plan Success (TAP GPS):
The Core Components
1. Pre-Separation Counseling DD Form 2648/2648-1
2. VA Benefits Briefing I & II
3. The Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOL EW)
NOTE - DoD has established limited exemptions to the DOL EW:
- Service Members retiring after 20 or more years of active federal service:
- Documentation supporting civilian employment
- Letter of acceptance into an accredited career technical training, undergraduate, or graduate degree program.
- Have specialized skills which, due to unavoidable circumstance, are needed to support a unit on orders scheduled to deploy within 60 days. The first commander in the service member’s chain of command must certify exemption from the DOLEW on the DD Form 2958. A make-up plan must accompany the postponement certification.
- Wounded/ill/injured recovering service members who are enrolled in the Education and Employment Initiative, or similar transition program designed to secure employment, higher education, or career technical training post-separation.
4. Capstone (DD Form 2958-Service Member Career Readiness Standards/Individual Transition Plan Checklist)
Additional Details about the Components:
Pre-Separation Counseling DD Form 2648/2648-1
Mandatory for all separating/retiring personnel, offered every Tuesday at the A&FRC from 1300 -1600 hrs.
TAP GPS 5 Day Workshop (includes the DoD/VA/DOL EW)
The TAP GPS 5 Day Workshop is held in Classroom 1 of the A&FRC, Bldg. 323C Room 206.Class begins at 0800 and ends at 1630 every day. Prepares transitioning service members for the civilian workplace by providing the training, services, resources and tools needed to meet Career Readiness Standards (CRS).
- VA Benefits Briefing I and II
- DoD Transition Overview/ Resilient Transitions, MOC Cross Walk, Financial Planning
- DOL Employment Workshop
VA Benefits Briefing I & II
Provides service members with benefits information available after separation from the military. Topics include: how to apply for veterans health benefits, education benefits, home loan guaranty, insurance, and disability benefits.
Capstone DD Form 2958
Verify Career Readiness Standards (CRS).
Phase I – Meet with a Career Counselor at the Airmen & Family Readiness Center to review your CRS’s and complete a DD Form 2958. Offered every Wednesday at the A&FRC, please call for an appointment after you have completed Pre-Separation, DOLEW and VA Benefits Brief.
Phase II - Meet with your commander or commander’s designee to obtain their signature.
Employer Resources: Understanding Military Jobs
Many employers informed us they have a hard time decoding the veteran's resume and understanding how military jobs translate into the civilian sector. Therefore, below please find some websites that can assist in understanding Army/Air Force/Navy/Marine/Coast Guard Enlisted jobs is:
About.com main portal
Here is another link that will list military occupations and provide you direct links to the different military services and job descriptions. (note they will all take you to about.com-however it is a site that lists all of the links in one place). http://libguides.nps.edu/occupations
Army Job Descriptions:
The Army calls their jobs MOSs, or "Military Occupation Specialties." The Army has around 190 MOSs available for enlisted Soldiers. Similar specialties are divided into "branches" or "fields."
Air Force Job Descriptions:
The Air Force calls their jobs "AFSCs," or "Air Force Specialty Codes." The Air Force divides their AFSCs (enlisted jobs) into the following overall categories: Operations, Maintenance & Logistics, Support, Medical & Dental, Legal & Chaplain, Finance & Contracting, and Special Investigations. Then AFSCs are further assigned to "career fields." A career field may have one AFSC assigned to it, or it may have several.
Navy Job Descriptions:
The Navy calls their jobs "ratings." Similar ratings are placed into various "communities."
Marine Corps Job Descriptions:
Like the Army, the Marines break their jobs down into MOS's, or "Military Occupation Specialties." Then the Marines group MOS's with similar functions together into groups called "Occupational Fields."
Coast Guard Job Descriptions:
Like the Navy, the Coast Guard calls their jobs "ratings".
Officer: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/officerj3/a/officerjobsmenu.htm (same as marines)
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