Mission: The Transition Assistance Program’s mission is to provide quality transition assistance, information, and training to eligible transitioning Service Members and families. This program empowers transitioning Service Members to gain the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to be competitive and successful in the global workforce.
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 TAP services 18 months prior to transition or 24 months prior to retirement. Some DA Civilian employees can attend TAP. Contact your TAP Center for eligibility.
Commander’s Program: The unit commander ensures all transitioning Soldiers use TAP services. Reports are available to unit leadership to show a Soldier’s TAP progress.
CRS: Career Readiness Standards (CRS) are mandates set forth by the Office for the Secretary of Defense and public law.
QualificationsWho Qualifies for TAP?
All Soldiers who will have 180 days or more of continuous active duty upon separation are required to receive TAP services in accordance with Section 1142 (a)(4)(C) of Title 10 U.S.C.
Transitioning Service Members must begin their transition process (to include the IIC, Pre-Separation Counseling, and Army Day) no later than 365 days prior to transition for those who are separating or retiring. It is recommended retirees begin the transition process at least two years prior to retirement and ETSing soldiers 18 months prior to separation. In the event of an unanticipated separation or retirement, or a member of the Reserve Component is demobilized with less than 365 days, TAP must begin as soon as possible within the remaining period of service.
RegistrationHow do I register?
Transitioning Service Members who qualify to start the TAP process must first register for an account.
There are 3 ways to register for the TAP program.
1. Register online with the virtual center at
2. Register by calling the Camp Humphreys TAP Office:
3. Register by visiting the Camp Humphreys TAP Office:
BLDG 6400 (Maude Hall) Rm W-301
Third Floor, Take a Right off the Elevator, End of the Hall
TIP: The Service Member must call the TAP office to be scheduled for the first appointment after registration.
Individualized Initial CounselingWhat do I do First?
Call the TAP Office to schedule your first appointment after completing your registration.
The Individual Initial Counseling (IIC) is the first appointment that must be completed with TAP.
TIP: Service Members must complete the Individual Initial Counseling before all other TAP Requirements.
Individualized Initial Counseling (IC) 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 needs of the transition process and post-transition goals.
During the Initial Counseling, Service Members take an assessment which will provide the Service Members with results to provide them with a tier. The tier indicates the classes they will be required to take and what deliverables they will have to provide prior to completing the program. They will also receive a NDAA standard Checklist (Figure 2 &3) for tracking.
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mandatory Pre-Separation CounselingWhat do I do before attending classes?
Once the individualized IC is complete, pre-separation counseling commences. Pre-separation counseling, just like IC, must be completed no later than 365 days prior to separation. 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.
This 2-hour Brief is a Mandatory requirement for all classes. Classes cannot be completed before this briefing.
Mandatory Army Day (TAP Curriculum)Let's knock this out!
Service Members can attend Army Day to complete 4 of their mandatory workshops. Army Day is comprised of: Military Occupational Code (MOC), Managing Your Transition & Financial Planning for Transition. Continuum of Military Services is an optional course offered in-person before Army Day classes begin.
Army Day Classes:
Continuum of Military Services -- Reserve Component briefing to educate Transitioning Service Members with various opportunities and benefits with the National Guard and Reserves.
Managing Your Transition -- Provides Service Members with an understanding of the importance of preparing for their transition from military service into the civilian sector and provides an overview of the Transition Assistance Program curriculum. The "less obvious" topics of transition, such as personal and family transition concerns, the differences in the culture of civilian and military workplaces, transition-related stressors, and the importance of effective communication during the transition process are introduced. The course concludes with the presentation of both military and civilian resources that can provide support during and after transition to ensure a successful transition experience for military personnel and their family members.
Military Occupational Code (MOC) 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 to 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 -- 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 have the opportunity to develop or update a spending plan.
mandatory 1-Day CoursesWhat do I attend next?
1-Day Department of Labor is a prerequisite for all 2-Day Workshops.
All Service Members must complete VA Benefits and Services and the Department of Labor Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (DOLEF). VA Benefits and Services is facilitated by Veterans Affairs. DOLEF is facilitated by the Department of Labor.
VA Benefits and Services -- An interactive briefing designed to enable transitioning Service Members (TSMs) to make informed decisions regarding the use of VA benefits. The program supports each TSM 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 health care options, including both physical and emotional health needs.
Department of Labor Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (DOLEF) -- Lays the foundation of the transition from military to civilian life. This workshop provides an introduction to the essential tools and resources needed to evaluate career options, gain information for civilian employment, and understand the fundamentals of the employment process.
Mandatory for Tier 3 : two-Day Workshops (Track Specific)I'm Tier 3, what do I do next?
Service Members in Tier 3 will be required to complete one Two-Day Workshop based on their Individual Transition Plan. Each Workshop addresses a specific Track for post transition, including: Educational, Vocational, Employment, and Entrepreneur. The Service Member will select the track that most relates to their Post Transition Plan. The classes are as follows;
Managing Your Education -- This curriculum assists Service Members in identifying the higher education requirements that support their personal career goals. This two-day workshop is divided into the following topic areas: learning the basics, choosing a field of study, selecting an institution, gaining admission, and funding higher education. This workshop is beneficial for both Service Members attending college for the first time and those applying to graduate school programs. Throughout the workshop, participants conduct research as each topic is presented and complete a comparison of at least two institutions of higher education.
Department of Labor Vocational Training -- This Track offers a unique opportunity for participants to complete a personalized career development assessment of occupational interest and ability. This industry-standard assessment presents participants with a variety of tailored job recommendations (some of which are classified as high-demand or high-growth occupations) that align with their interests and aptitudes. Participants are also guided through a variety of career considerations, including labor market projections, education, apprenticeships, certifications, and licensure requirements.
Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) -- Covers emerging best practices in career employment, including in-depth training to learn interview skills, build effective resumes, and use emerging technology to network and search for employment.
"Introduction to Entrepreneurship" (Boots to Business) -- This 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. Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot participants are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources and services offered by the SBA and its partner network, including Veterans Business Outreach Centers, SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, and Women's Business Centers.
TIP: Service Members must complete ALL mandatory classes based on their Tier and Track.
Mandatory DocumentationDo I need documentation?
Yes, Service Members have documentation they must submit alongside their workshops. Each Tier and Track have separate requirements for documentation.
Mandatory for All Tiers:
- Registration for VA.gov (Service Members must provide proof of registration) See Figure 4
- Individual Transition Plan (Required sections are dependent on Tier Assignment) See Figure 5
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Mandatory for Tier 2 and Tier 3:
- GAP Analysis This document is introduced during the MOC Crosswalk Course) See Figure 6
- Post Transition Spending Plan (This document is introduced during the Financial Planning for Transition Course) See Figure 7
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Only Mandatory for Tier 3:
The documents required for Tier 3 are introduced during Track specific Workshops.
- Resume (Employment Track)
- Comparison of colleges and universities (Education Track) See Figure 8
- Comparison of technical schools (Vocational Track) See Figure 8
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optional Additive CoursesWhat if I want to learn more?
TAP offers additional non-mandatory courses for the purpose of assisting Service Members with their Transition needs. Each Class is taught monthly.
Dress for Success: This course covers appropriate business attire to the civilian workforce and the different characteristics of a traditional business suit and modern changes.
Interview Techniques: Topics in this course include: the characteristics of interviews, and how to prepare for, execute, and follow-up after an interview.
Salary Negotiations: Negotiation techniques and how to evaluate job offers are reviewed.
Skills Development: This course is used to identify marketable skills that are transferable, soft, and hard.
Advanced Resume: This resume course is designed to continue the development of a civilian resume.
Guide to Federal Employment: This course is designed to facilitate the understanding of the federal hiring process.
Final Appointment/CapstoneHow will I know I am done?
Capstone is a mandatory component of the TAP process. Capstone is where a commander, or a commander's designee, verifies that the transitioning Service Member has met the TAP Career Readiness Standards, has a viable Individual Transition Plan (ITP), and is prepared to transition to civilian life. If a Service Member requires or desires follow-on assistance, a "warm handover" will be facilitated to appropriate helping partners such as the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Labor.
TIP: Capstone must be completed no later than 90 days before the date of separation or retirement.
Common QuestionsGot Questions?
Is the Transition Assistance Program Mandatory?
The mandatory components of TAP are applicable for all Service members, including National Guard and Reservists transitioning or being released from active duty, after serving 180 continuous days or more in accordance with Section 1142 of Title 10 U.S.C, Army Regulation 600-81 & the NDAA 2019.
Are Soldiers who are being involuntarily separated (Chaptered) required to receive TAP services?
Yes, all Soldiers who have 180 days or more of continuous active duty upon separation are required to receive TAP services in accordance with Section 1142 (a)(4)(C) of Title 10 U.S.C.
Can TAP be waived?
No, TAP cannot be waived based on Army Regulation 600-81 and NDAA 2019.
When can I get my DD2648 (eform)?
The DD2648 (eform) can be accessed at the completion of the Final Capstone Appointment. Capstone Appointments are not scheduled until ALL CRS requirements are met.
What does CRS mean?
Career Readiness Standards
How do I know my Soldiers are really doing something at TAP?
The TAP Office provides appointment slips from the first visit. Service Members will be able to show you an appointment slip for every transition service they are schedule to attend. Commanders and First Sergeants can request a Solders attendance and program status by emailing email@example.com
Do I have to take classes in order?
Yes, classes must be taken in order to receive credit. Classes taken out of order are voided.
What if my Involuntary Soldier’s ETS date is within 30 days?
Options are available to soldiers to complete TAP in a timely manner.
I live over 50 miles away from a TAP office. How can I complete the program?
You can complete TAP by contacting the Virtual Center (open 24/7) at 1-800-325-4715