Mission: The Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program’s mission is to provide quality transition assistance, information, and training to eligible transitioning Service members and their families. This program empowers the transitioning Service member to gain the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to be competitive and successful in the global workforce.
SFL-TAP enables Soldiers to capitalize on their Army experience and skills. Soldiers make informed decisions using transition program services and re-enlistment may be a viable option. It is all about making informed decisions – setting Soldiers up for success.
Eligibility: If you are an Active or Reserve Component Soldier with 180+ days of continuous active federal duty service, you and your Family members are eligible to receive SFL-TAP services 18 months prior to transition or 24 months prior to retirement. Some DA Civilian employees can attend SFL-TAP. Contact your SFL-TAP Center for eligibility.
Commander’s Program: The unit Commander ensures all transitioning Soldiers use SFL-TAP services. Reports are available to unit leadership to show a Soldier’s SFL-TAP progress.
CRS: Career Readiness Standards (CRS) are mandates set forth by the Office for the Secretary of Defense and public law.
The Army's Career Skills program (CSP) provides soldiers with the opportunity to participate in career and employment skills training to improve future employment options.
- Soldiers within 180 days of discharge/release from active duty
- Priority of Effort is Soldiers who are: 18-24 years old, first term enlistments, involuntarily separating due to force shaping, rapid separation from active duty, or separating due to medical disabilities
- CSP training Providers may provide additional selection criteria for specific programs
- WTU Soldiers should contact their Transition Coordinator for additional information
The Army's SFL-TAP goals also include support to the manning of the total Army. SFL-TAP supports the Army's Active Component recruiting effort by producing successful alumni.The decision to enlist in the military and, more specifically, the Army is often influenced by friends and relatives. When alumni are successful they serve as powerful examples of what Army service can do for a young man or woman's future. Those who are capable of translating Army skills, training, and experience into rewarding careers are living billboards promoting the Army as a great place to start. SFL-TAP also supports Active Component retention by helping Soldiers to intelligently compare their Army earnings, benefits and potential for growth with what they can reasonably expect to achieve in the private sector. Many SFL-TAP clients realize that they need to stay on active duty in order to gain new skills,education, training and experience.
As recent wars have demonstrated, the Army is more than the Active Component. SFL-TAP supports the Reserve Component by helping transitioning soldiers to understand how service in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve can augment their starting civilian salaries and provide valuable training and benefits. Civilian employees are also a valuable part of the total Army. SFL-TAP promotes Army civilian employee retention by assisting dislocated Army civilian employees to find new jobs.SFL-TAP demonstrates to all civilian employees that the Army truly cares and will be there for them; even if their jobs are eliminated. Both military and civilian supervisors of Army civilian personnel are encouraged to refer their employees who have been adversely impacted by Reduction in Force (RIF) or Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions to the SFL-TAP Center for transition assistance.
The Army expects its leaders to support SFL-TAP because it helps the Army to conserve scarce budget dollars and man the force. Finally, but most importantly, the Army expects its leaders to support SFL-TAP because they owe it to their Soldiers. A Soldier's decision to leave active duty cannot erase his or her sacrifices and dedication. The SFL-TAP staff are available to present informational briefing sat installation/unit professional training and meetings.
Requirements of SFL-TAP
Preseparation Briefing (DD Form 2648) – 24-12 months prior to transition for retirees or 18-12 months prior to transition for non-retirees.
90 minute briefing plus Initial Counseling session with a SFL-TAP counselor.
• Individual Transition Plan (ITP) – 24-12 months prior to transition for retirees or 18-12 months prior for non-retirees. Completed no later than 3 months prior to transition.
Outlines your career or education goals and milestones.
• Register for eBenefits – 24-12 months prior to transition for retirees or 18-12 months prior for non-retirees.
Register for benefits at www.eBenefits.va.gov.
• MOS Crosswalk – 15-12 months prior to transition.
Translates military skills and training. Identifies gaps with civilian employment (Gap Analysis). Eligibility for licensure,certification, and apprenticeship.
• Individual Self-Assessment – 15-12 months prior to transition.
Complete self-assessment through Kuder Journey, O*NET Interest Profiler, or other assessment tool.
• DOL Employment Workshop & Gold Card – 12-9months prior to transition.
Employment counseling and resume development. Post-9/11Veterans receive priority at DOL American Job Centers with the Gold Card.
• VA Benefits Briefing I & II – 9-6 months prior to transition.
VA benefits and eligibility.
• Financial Planning Seminar – 5-4 months prior to transition.
Financial planning and budget preparation. Complete12-month post-service budget.
• Job Application Package OR Job Offer Letter – Packet completed no later than 3 months prior to transition.
Complete private or federal resume (no later than 6 to5 months prior to transition), references, and two submitted job applications. A job offer letter can be used in place of the Job Application Package.
• Career Track Courses & CRS – No later than 3 months prior to transition.
Accessing Higher Education, Vocational/Technical, or Entrepreneurial. In accordance with Soldier’s ITP.
• Capstone (DD Form 2648) – No later than 3months prior to transition
Culminating activity verifying the Soldier has a viable ITP and meets CRS.
Virtual Center and JKO
The SFL-TAP Virtual Center is an immersive, three-dimensional, online environment where Soldiers can receive all the transition and education services that they would normally receive at a bricks-and-mortar SFL-TAP Center.
Soldiers who are deploying, demobilizing/reintegrating, involuntarily separating, who have minimal time to complete regularly scheduled vow mandated session or whose duty locations are in remote or isolated geographic areas can contact their career counselor and verify if they can complete VOW requirements through the Soldier for Life- Transitional Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) courses online by utilizing the SFL-TAP Virtual Center. Therefore, please contact your career counselor to discuss that option if necessary and receive detailed instructions on the completion of the requirements.
Please access the SFL-TAP Virtual website at https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil/pages/virtual/default...
When to Register
Active component and Reserve component Soldiers leaving active duty, who have completed or will complete 180 days of continuous active service being involuntarily separated.
When to Register- ASAP
Voluntary Separating Service Members(ETS/ESA)
AC and RC Soldiers leaving active duty, whovhave complete or will complete 180 days of continuous active Service with expiration of term of service (ETS) or expiration of service agreement (ESA)dates.
When to register- 18 months prior to separation
Voluntarily Separating Service Members Retirement
AC and RC Soldiers leaving active duty being medically or non-medically retired.
When to Register- 24 months prior to transition
Workshops for Transitioning Service Members
Initial and Pre-Separation Counseling
Transitioning Service members must begin their transition process no later than 365 days prior to transition. Individualized Initial Counseling (IC) between the service member and a TAP counselor is now the official start to the transition process. During the IC session, service members complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of their Individual Transition Plan to identify their unique needs of the transition process and post-transition goals.
Once the individualized IC is complete, pre-separation counseling commences. Pre-separation counseling, just like IC, must start no later than 365 days prior to transition. Pre-separation counseling covers by-law information to include benefits, entitlements and resources for eligible transitioning service members. Caregivers and spouses are especially encouraged to attend pre-separation counseling with their service member.
Some additional workshops include:
The Transition Overview provides Service members with an understanding of the importance of preparing for their transition from military service into the civilian sector. It highlights some of the many challenges that are inherent with any life changing event and the opportunities to receive information and engage with professional and supportive transition staff throughout the Transition Assistance Program.
MOS Crosswalk demonstrates how to translate military skills, training, and experience into civilian credentialing appropriate for civilian jobs. Service members will document their military career experience and skills, translate their military occupation experience into civilian sector occupations and skills, and identify any gaps in their training and/or experience that need to be filled to meet their personal career goals.
Financial Planning for Transition
Financial Planning for Transition builds on the financial training provided during the military life cycle and helps Service members understand how transition will impact their financial situation by discussing the change in income, taxes, healthcare costs, new expenses, and other financial changes related to transition. Online tools are used to calculate the military-to-civilian income equivalent and to research the cost-of-living for at least two geographical locations. Throughout the course, Service members will have the opportunity to develop or update a spending plan.
VA Benefits and Services
VA benefits and Services brief is designed to enable transitioning Service members to make informed decisions regarding the use of VA benefits. The program supports each transitioning Service member to better understand VA benefits and programs based on their needs and where they are in their transition journey. It is designed around the understanding that no two transitions are the same. Each module builds upon the prior modules and highlights real stories and examples from Service members who have already transitioned from military to civilian life. Critical areas covered include: disability benefits and compensation; memorial and burial benefits; education and economic support; housing benefits; and healthcare options, including both physical and emotional health needs.
The Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) is designed to lay the foundation of the transition from military to civilian life. The workshop helps participants develop a resume, conduct career research, prepare for networking and interviewing events, and ultimately secure meaningful employment.
Accessing Higher Education
Assists Service members in identifying the higher education requirements that support their personal career goals. The two-day workshop is divided into four topic areas: choosing a program of study, selecting an institution of higher education, exploring funding sources, and navigating the admission process. This workshop is beneficial for both Service members attending college for the first time and those applying to graduate school programs. Throughout the workshop, Service members will have an opportunity to conduct research as each topic is explored and complete a comparison of at least two institutions of higher education.
Career Exploration and Planning
This course offers a unique opportunity to identify skills, increase awareness of training and credentialing programs, and develop an action plan to achieve career goals. Those who attend the two-day Department of Labor Career Exploration and Planning Track (CEPT) workshop will complete personalized career development assessments of occupational interest, aptitudes, and work values.
An "Introduction to Entrepreneurship" course provides participants with an introductory understanding of business ownership. The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business.
To view the current schedule of workshops, click HERE
For more information on Transition Assistance Program workshops, visit: https://www.dodtap.mil/transition_gps.html