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Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program policies change in 2020
Patrick W. Bean
Transition Services Manager
Soldier’s transition time line
“You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” -Ralph Marston
Does the quote sound familiar, or have any application to where you are today? It seems like just yesterday Veteran’s Opportunity to Work Act, 2011 and career readiness standards were the major transition efforts of our military services. In the next 90 days, the Federal Government will be implementing Section 552 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019. Specifically, NDAA 19 changes the sequencing of transition service delivery making the self-assessment and individualized initial counseling the first TAP events instead of pre-separation counseling. Here’s what you need to know about the major changes.
• Self-assessment. A database created by Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis recommends the level of counseling a Soldier needs based on 13 demographic factors. Tier 1 is for Soldiers needing the least amount of support to achieve their transition goals. Tier 3 is for Soldiers needing the most support.
• Individualized Initial Counseling. Private meeting between a counselor and a Soldier during which the following tasks are completed: self-assessment review, tier assignment and introduction to the individual transition plan.
• Pre-separation counseling. A new automated pre-separation script will be released. All other classes follow pre-separation counseling, distributed throughout the rest of the transition phase.
The NDAA of 2019 will positively change the Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program beginning in October. The “one-size fits all” approach will be replaced with individualized counseling sessions tailored to meet the needs of each Soldier. Soldiers will complete a guided individual assessment and initial counseling prior to pre-separation briefing. The assessment and counseling will assist Soldiers in determining a career pathway to pursue. Some Soldiers will require less help with meeting their individual transition requirements.
The distributive model will be modified slightly to encourage class attendance at the appropriate time in the Soldier’s transition time line. Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor will each have an entire day dedicated to their respective mandatory courses. The VA-day will cover VA benefits and services and DOL-day will provide an overview of employment and job search. Army services will include a self-assessment, initial counseling, pre-separation briefing, and Army contractor delivered courses such as MOC and financial planning. Soldiers will have the opportunity to participate in one of four career tracks. The employment track, education track, vocational training track and entrepreneurship track are two-day training sessions designed to help Soldiers meet their post-transition goals. Stay tuned for more information on improved transition support for service members, spouses, retirees, and veterans. My team is committed to supporting and facilitating transition success for departing Service members by assessing and reducing transition challenges.
For more information or to register with a counselor, visit building 621, 2nd floor or call 767-2234 or for Hunter Army Airfield visit building 1289 or call 315-5854.
Success story helps Soldiers transition at The Stewart
The Frontline Newspaper June 20, 2019
The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program offers several ways to help Service Members as they consider the next step in their lives; whether continuing their military career, continuing their education, starting a new job or starting their own business.
Tyler Brock provides a testimonial regarding his
own transition from the service to a Soldiers at the
SFL-TAP class in mid-June on Fort Stewart.
Tyler Brock was one such individual who made this transition in 2015. As a former staff sergeant who served at Fort Stewart in 2015, he left the service and accepted a job with the Department of Justice as an Analyst with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
He completed his bachelor degree while continuing to work for ATF. He later decided to make a career change and began searching for opportunities within the environmental field. He enrolled in an Executive Masters of Natural Resources program at Virginia Polytechnic and State University. The program allowed Tyler to utilize the remainder of this Post 9/11 GI Bill through the Yellow Ribbon Program. For 12 months he attended classes and lectures several days a month in Washington, DC, at a leadership symposium during his graduate degree.
He finished with a degree in Environmental Science and chose to pursue an opportunity with the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch. He now spends his time in a 60/40 split of office/ field work verifying wetland delineations and providing oversight to both internal and external customers regarding permitting actions associated with development projects within wetlands in Coastal Georgia.
“His story was compelling and grabbed the attention of the class of 34 here at Hunter this morning,” said Jeffrey Lee, Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program coordinator at Hunter Army Air Field. “Often, at the start of the day, people have difficulty getting the classes (especially> the junior classes) up for the conversation. I gave him a brief introduction beforehand, but once he took the floor, their attention was focused on him.”
The next day, Brock also spoke to a class of 75 soldiers at Fort Stewart.
“He highlighted the importance of readiness in advance of entering the civilian workforce -from maximizing the GI Bill, being financially prepared for the unexpected, to networking and being flexible to other opportunities for continuous self-improvement,” said Amanda Reichert, Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program coordinator at Fort Stewart.
“Just because you are doing what you are doing now does not mean you have to that forever,” said Brock. The message he really got across was that service members should not expect to be handed a future just because they wore a uniform at one point. Veterans need to go out and put forth the effort and endeavor to pursue what they want to do, Lee said. “It really resonated with the class.” Visit the SFL-TAP website for class information, internships and job trainings at https://home.army.mil/stewart, search Soldier for Life. You can also Visit SFL-TAP at buildings 621 and 526 or call 767-2234 or 767-0052.
Special to the Frontline