To provide Soldiers, DA Civilians, Retirees, and Soldiers’ Family members with counseling, employment and education workshops, and seminars required to achieve the mandated compliance in law and policy career readiness standards in order to prepare and connect transitioning personnel to ensure the greatest opportunities for successful personal and career achievement upon transition from active duty.
What is The transition assistance program?
The Transition Assistance Program provides transition and employment assistance to Soldiers and their adult family members who are transitioning from active duty, veterans and retirees, and DOD civilian employees in a reduction-in-force status. Pre-separation planning includes benefits information, job search skills development, career guidance, job search assistance and other guidance relevant to a thorough transition.
Why is TAP Important?
In addition to giving vital direction to one's transition, pre-separation planning through TAP is Congressionally mandated by Public Law 107-103 and the VOW Act, 21 Nov 12. That means that all separating Soldiers, regardless of rank or component, who have at least 180 days of continuous Active Duty service are required to complete all VOW Act requirements by attending all SFL core courses, the Department of Labor Employment Workshop, and VA Benefits briefings within the VOW Act timelines. Most of the VOW Act requirements can be accomplished by attending a 5-day Employment Workshop soon after completing your initial pre-separation counseling.
As a result, your installation will not let you clear until you have received this training. A completed DD Form 2648, which you will receive from your supporting TAP Center, is your proof that you have received the required counseling. Soldiers cannot clear Fort Rucker without this checklist. Retiring Soldiers can begin using TAP two years prior to retirement and Soldiers who are separating can begin using TAP up to 18 months prior to ETS.
How Do I Get Started?
Please call (334) 255-2558 or visit our official TAP website at www.armytap.army.mil for tools at your fingertips, 24/7.
Pre-separation briefings take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and can be done online at the Department of the Army Transition Assistance Program at www.armytap.army.mil. If you desire to receive the brief at the TAP Center, please call (334) 255-2558.
5-Day TAP Employment Workshops
TAP workshops are designed to teach you how to job search and will prove useful for the rest of your life. Additionally, VA subject matter experts will brief you on all your VA benefits at the workshop. Workshops are held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (334) 255-2558 or (334) 255-1117 to register and schedule for a workshop.