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Transition Assistance Program
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The Transition Assistance Program, or 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 a business. TAP is mandatory for all service members separating or retiring from the military and must begin the process no later than 365 days prior to their transition.

Consider your post-military goals, aspirations and the income needed to support that lifestyle.

Some TAP classes may be available at TAPevents.mil.

Getting Started

Individualized Initial Counseling
Those separating or retiring from active-duty must meet with a counselor and complete a personal self-assessment to begin the development of an Individual Transition Plan to identify their unique needs and establish a post-transition goal. This one-on-one counseling session must start no later than 365 days before their anticipated date of separation or retirement. This is the first step of the transition process.

Pre-Separation Counseling
This is the second step of the formal transition process and must be completed prior to registering for other TAP services. Pre-separation counseling, just like the Initial Counseling, must start no later than 365 days before the transition date. Review by-law information like benefits, entitlements, and resources. Caregivers and spouses are encouraged to attend with their service members.
Those impacted by Force Management programs should attend this counseling.

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.


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(210) 671-3722

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