To deliver a World Class Transition Program for America's Army that empowers Members to make informed career decisions that enhances lives, communities and our Nation.


SFL-TAP Program

Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is a program that provides transition and job assistance services on major installations. While Public Law was the foundation of the Transition Assistance Program initiative, the Army decided to go beyond the basic requirements set by Congress and establish the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program.


The SFL-TAP goals are targeted on its human resource needs and are worthy of every leader's support. First, as an employer, the Army spends more than $500 Million dollars a year on Unemployment Compensation payments made to recently separated Soldiers. Each Soldier who meets the eligibility criteria is entitled by law to up to 26 weeks of unemployment compensation, and the Army must pay for it. While we are required to inform transitioning Soldiers of their eligibility for unemployment compensation, SFL-TAP helps transitioners to understand the negative impact of unemployment on the attainment of their career goals. SFL-TAP also provides transitioners the detailed job assistance training, counseling and resources they need to quickly find a job — often before they leave active duty. An Army Research Institute (ARI) study demonstrated that the full use of all SFL-TAP services reduces the time it takes for a transitioner to find a job and increases the amount of money they earn.


The SFL-TAP Process

Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) process works best when initiated early. Retiring Service Members may begin the process two years before their retirement date and separating Service Members should begin NLT 18-12 months out. At Fort Detrick, the process begins when you attend the 5 day SFL-TAP class. Pre-separation/initial counseling is completed the first morning of the 5 day class and you will receive the pre-separation checklist, DD2648. During the 5 days, you will also complete other mandatory requirements. You will not be able to clear without a copy of your DD2648. There is no need to complete the form online if you will be attending the class.


SFL-TAP Courses

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employment Workshops are conducted by the SFL-TAP Mobile Training Team, VA representatives, and TAP facilitators. The courses last five days and provide attendees the knowledge, information and skills they need to achieve their post-transition occupational or educational goals.


Includes completion of mandatory Pre-separation Counseling Checklist, DD Form 2648; scheduling appointments for applicable transition services, administering intake for Individual Transition Planning, information on how to apply for disability benefits, intensive training in job searching skills and facing issues of transition and career assessments. Includes mock interviews, resume writing, networking, salary negotiations, and the electronic job search.


TAP Employment Workshop

How to Register:

E-mail us, subject line: TAP.

Include the following information in your email:

  • Name
  • Grade
  • Branch of Service
  • Unit
  • Phone
  • E-mail Address
  • Class Date you wish to attend and if your spouse is attending

If you have questions, please call (301) 619-9678.


Core Classes

Transition Overview: program overview of the Individual Transition Plan (ITP), Value of a Mentor, Family Concerns, Special Issues, and Support Resources.


MOC Crosswalk: Complete a gap analysis to translate your education, training, experience, and skills into their equivalent civilian career goals.

(Requirement of VOW Act.)


Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Workshop: This 3 day Workshop is divided into sections on job strategies, networking, resume building, and interviewing.

(Requirement of VOW Act.)


Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefits Briefing I: 4 hour briefing in providing information on education, health care, compensation, life insurance, home loans, and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits information and counseling. The briefing separates VA benefits into three major groups: Work, Life, and Home.

(Requirement of VOW Act.)


Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefits Briefing II: 2 hour briefing which helps you understand some of the services and programs related to your VA health care and understand the VA disability compensation process. Additionally, you will learn how to navigate through the eBenefits website. Financial Planning Seminar: Requirement of the VOW Act. Develop a 12 month post-transition budget, document living expenses, learn about debt management, analyze credit report, and an action plan to reach your goals.

(Requirement of VOW Act.)


VA (Veterans Administration) Consultation

For separating military and retirees. Individualized counseling and guidance in obtaining benefits and administration of application process for loans and entitlements. Phone registration required, call (301) 619-7311.