Transition Assistance Program

Category: Blog
Created on Monday, July 28 2014
Written by Curtis L. Coy

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)There have been extensive changes in the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for those Servicemembers leaving the military.  Gone are ‘death by PowerPoint’ presentations.  In its place is an interagency (Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Labor (DOL), Small Business Administration (SBA)) Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) program.

This five to seven day event, generally within 180 days of separation, has established Career Readiness Standards for every transitioning Servicemember regardless of Service. For those of you who have already separated, we’ll tell you how you can see the new program and what you may have missed.

This mandatory interagency Transition GPS program is broken down into several different segments:

Servicemembers may also select and participate in optional two-day Transition GPS tracks as well which include:

It is never too early, or too late, to make plans for the future. Servicemembers, Veterans, and their spouses can view and re-visit valuable Transition GPS information and resources at any time, pre- or post-transition, by accessing the curriculum through the eBenefits website (another shameless pitch to sign up for eBenefits).

If you have specific questions about Transition GPS or VA benefits and services, or wish to attend a VA Benefits Briefing or Career Technical Training Track, contact your local Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manager, by visiting http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil/

I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to also remind you about our integrated employment tool, the Veterans Employment Center (VEC), in the eBenefits portal.  The VEC was developed to put America’s current and former military personnel and their families in the job search driver’s seat by translating and matching their extensive training and experience with available jobs.

Additionally, the VEC provides employers who are seeking to leverage the skills and talents of those who have served our county to ability to search thousands of Veterans profiles – leveraging eBenefits as the validator that they are searching through actual Veteran profiles.

I encourage you to utilize and inform others about the Veterans Employment Center which can be found at: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs