The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) helps military and DoD civilian members and their families successfully make the transition from military life to employment in the private sector. Using a variety of resources, including the Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, local government agencies, base agencies, and private sector employers, we are able to help transitioning members seeking employment opportunities.
Transition Assistance includes:
- A congressionally mandated pre-separation briefing on benefits and entitlements for all active duty military. Potential retirees can attend up to 2 years before their retirement date. Potential separatees can attend up to 1 year prior to separation. Members receive a DD Form 2648 and other important information that is helpful in their transition.
- Individual Transition Plans (ITP) and career planning assistance by appointment
- Classes on Resume Writing, Federal Job Applications, Interviewing Techniques, Job Search & Career Planning, and other classes as needed.
- One-on-one career counseling review of resumes, job applications and cover letters
- A 4-day workshop sponsored by the Department of Labor for job seekers that includes such topics as
- Job Search Methods
- Benefits of Networking
- Job Applications/Documentation
- Small Business Development
- Private Sector Guest Speakers
- Resume Preparation
- Education Services
- Interview Techniques
- Dress for Success
- Salary Negotiation
- Employer Panels
- Local Employer Visits
- Federal VA Benefits
- Disabled Veterans Benefits (DTAP)
- State and County Veterans Services
- Survivor benefit Plan (SBP)
Transition Assistance Program: Maybe you joined the military with the intent of staying in for only a few years; maybe you joined to make it a 20+ year career; maybe you simply don’t know yet. Regardless of your decision, one thing that all of you have in common is the inevitable transition from military to civilian life. Whether you call it Army Career and Alumni Program, Navy Fleet and Family Support, Marine Corps Community Services, or Coast Guard Work-Life, the MacDill AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center is here to assist you in your transition.
The Department of Defense created a partnership with the Department of Labor (DoL), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Homeland Security, to create the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). There are five major components to TAP: 1) Pre-Separation (PreSep) counseling, 2) DoL Workshops, 3) VA benefits briefings, 4) Disabled Transition Assistance (DTAP), and 5) one-on-one counseling.
The PreSep counseling is the only mandatory component of TAP and is your door to the remainder of the TAP programs. It is provided by A&FRC Consultants and consists of an overview of topics related to transition services, benefits, and resources. Specific timelines have been established to give you enough time to gather the knowledge and skills necessary for a smooth transition. If you are retiring, you can attend up to 24 months in advance; if you are separating you can attend up to 12 months in advance. We highly encourage you to attend PreSep within the established timeline so you do not overwhelm yourself at the last minute. At a minimum, everyone needs to attend at least 90 days prior to retirement or separating. If you are in the Guard or Reserves and are coming off Title 10 orders of 180 days or more, you are also required to attend PreSep as soon as possible. All members will receive a DD Form 2648 or 2648-1 upon completion.
The Workshop, also known at MacDill as the 5 Day TAP Workshop,(Also Mandatory) is a baseline to start looking and preparing for employment and is facilitated by the DoL. In the workshop, you will learn about resume writing, cover letters, dressing for success, job search techniques, interviewing and salary negotiation, and other employment related skills. This workshop is an optional part of TAP and you will have the opportunity to sign up for it during your PreSep counseling.
The VA benefits briefing, held at the end of the 3 Day TAP Workshop, serves as a half-day session to inform you of benefits you may be entitled to, to include the Montgomery GI Bill, healthcare, VA counseling, disability claims, and other VA related topics.
DTAP is for those who may be released because of a disability or who believe they have a disability qualifying them for VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment. DTAP is also held during the 3 Day TAP Workshop.
One-on-One counseling is available with A&FRC Consultants to review your resume or to assist you with your individual transition plan. In addition to individual counseling, the A&FRC also offers a variety classes designed to further improve your transition skill-sets.
Your transition will have many varied facets and challenges, but preparation and knowledge is your key to making it successful. You’re A&FRC is here to guide you in setting your new career goals, financial planning, and transition out of the military. Think of transition as a process and not an event and give yourself the time you deserve to allow you to successfully navigate through the process. Contact the A&FRC at 828-0145 for any questions. Employment Question Email
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