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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 to retirement, spreading requirements out over the course of several months.

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.


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 Detrick TAP Center at 301-619-9678

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,

Step 4: 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