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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 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, 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 eForm 2648. 

Soldiers have the option to attend one of four additional optional career tracks with Commander’s approval and on a space available basis, which are tailored to their individual transition goals, including Employment Track, My Education Track, Career Exploration and Credential Track, and Entrepreneurial Track.


Step 1: Complete Self-Assessment on-line Once completed, contact the Fort Detrick TAP Counselor at 301-619-9678 to schedule your Individual Initial Counseling (IIC).

Step 2: Attend Individual Initial Counseling (IIC) appointment with a TAP Counselor to discuss Individual Transition Plan (ITP).

Step 3: Attend Pre-Separation Counseling that was scheduled during IIC.  

Step 4: Attend TAP required classes and workshops via classroom, teleconference/webinar, or self-paced.

Step 5: Capstone - finalize your DD eForm 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

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