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Transition Assistance Program
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The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools, and training to ensure Service members and their spouses are prepared to leave federal service. Whether pursuing additional education, finding a job in the civilian workforce, or starting their own business, TAP offers separating service members and their spouse’s accessible resources and information to make their transitions more successful.

The Soldier for Life — Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is a commanders program, located on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, that provides transition assistance services to eligible Soldiers. Consider your post-military goals and aspirations and the income needed to support that lifestyle.

Some elements of Transition GPS may be available early in your military career, and you can always get started with the Virtual Curriculum on Joint Knowledge Online (JKO)

Getting Started

Pre-Separation Counseling
This is a mandatory briefing for all service members that are planning to separate or retire from federal service and must be completed prior to registering for other TAP services. Those impacted by Force Management programs should attend this counseling.

Retirement: Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors & Marines - Appointments may be scheduled up to 24-months prior to retirement.
Separation: Airmen, Sailors, & Marines - Appointments may be scheduled up to 12-months prior to separation.
 Soldiers - Appointments may be scheduled up to 18-months prior to separation.


Transition GPS - Goals, Plans, Success
This 5-day workshop includes both a core curriculum and individual training tracks focused on Accessing Higher Education, Career Technical Training, and Entrepreneurship. Transition GPS is delivered in classroom environments and is also available online to Service members anytime through Joint Knowledge Online (JKO).

Career Skills Program
The Career Skills Program links transitioning service members with civilian training opportunities and is authorized by the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. CSP provides eligible transitioning service members with opportunities to participation in apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, employment skills training, and certifications. To learn more about available opportunities, service members should submit a request form. To participate, service members must expect to be honorably discharged or discharged under honorable conditions, and released from active duty within 180 calendar days of starting a CSP.


FSH-Soldier for Life (SFL)
(210) 221-1213

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
TAP (210) 221-2418

TAP (210) 671-3722

TAP (210) 652-5321