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COVID-19 Updates for Fort Belvoir TAP

We are currently operating via telework with access to emails and phone from 0730 to 1600, Monday through Friday (closed on federal holidays).  All TAP requirements must be met prior to separation/retirement.  If you are unsure of your TAP requirements or need to know your status, please call 703-805-9247 or email USARMY.BELVOIR.USAG.MBX.SFL-TAP@MAIL.MIL.

For a list of upcoming classes, or if you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance, please email your assigned Career Counselor or USARMY.BELVOIR.USAG.MBX.SFL-TAP@MAIL.MIL.
 
Clearing:  During telework operations we are NOT signing clearing papers.  Your commander-signed e-form (DD Form 2648) will serve as your confirmation of satisfactory completion of TAP. 

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Mission: Provide Soldiers, DA Civilians, Retirees, and Soldiers’ Family members with counseling, employment and education workshops, and seminars required to achieve the mandated compliance in law and policy Career Readiness Standards (CRS) in order to "prepare" and "connect" transitioning personnel to ensure the greatest opportunities for successful personal and career achievement upon transition from active duty.

Fort Belvoir TAP

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a Commander’s Program and a Soldier’s responsibility. The program provides transition assistance services to eligible Soldiers with at least 180 or more continuous days of Title 10 active duty service, except for those in a training status. 
TAP helps all eligible transitioning Soldiers discover knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to be competitive and successful in the global workforce. 

Soldiers begin the transition process 18 months prior to transition or 24 months prior retirement, spreading requirements out over the course of several months using a distributive model (short-notice separations only are authorized a five-day consecutive class). 

Along with Soldiers, retired Soldiers, Army Family members and Department of the Army civilians (experiencing a BRAC or RIF) are eligible for transition assistance services as well. Going early and often to TAP is statistically proven to increase the chance of post-transition success for Soldiers. 

The Army transformed the way Soldiers transition in order to give them the greatest opportunity for a successful and productive post-service career. Congress mandated three requirements prior to a Soldier’s transition and the Department of Defense mandated additional Career Readiness Standards (CRS). All requirements must be completed and noted on a Soldier’s DD Form 2648. 

Soldiers also have the option to attend one of three additional optional career tracks with Commander approval and on a space available basis, which are tailored to their individual transition goals, including Accessing Higher Education, the Career Exploration and Planning Track, and the Entrepreneurial Workshop Training Track.

 

TAP PROCESS

Step 1: Individualized Initial Counseling (IIC) between the Service member and a TAP Counselor is the official start to the transition process. During the IIC session, Service members complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of their Individual Transition Plan to identify their unique transition needs and post-transition goals.  Call the Fort Belvoir TAP Center at 703-805-9247 or email USARMY.BELVOIR.USAG.MBX.TAP@MAIL.MIL to schedule IIC.

Step 2: Pre-Separation Briefing/Counseling is scheduled during IIC.  Pre-separation counseling, just like IIC, must start no later than 365 days prior to transition.

Step 3: Attend TAP classes or workshops via teleconference/webinar, TAPEVENTS.ORG, or Virtual Center. Counselor will provide details.

Step 4: Budget Approval (if needed)

Step 5: Capstone - finalize your DD Form 2648.  The Capstone event, which is the culminating event where commanders verify achievement of career readiness standards and a viable ITP, must happen no later than 90 days before separation or discharge from active duty.

For transitioning Soldiers located remotely, more than 50 miles from a center, or deployed overseas, the TAP Virtual Center is available online 24/7. 

The Virtual Center also has a phone line component, also available 24/7. Transitioning Soldiers can call the Virtual Center at 800.325.4715. Visit TAP at www.sfl-tap.army.mil (new URL https://www.armytap.army.mil – waiting for approval)