The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) prepares eligible service members to take on the many challenges of transitioning from active duty back to civilian life. TAP enables Sailors to fulfill the requirements of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2012 and meet their Career Readiness Standards (CRS) as mandated by the TAP for Military Personnel Department of Defense Instruction 1332.35.
Service members receive training through the Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) curriculum, which includes a core five-day curriculum and individual training tracks focused on Accessing Higher Education, Career Technical Training and Entrepreneurship. Transition GPS is facilitated in a classroom setting and also available through Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) at any time for Service members deployed or stationed in isolated areas. Military spouses are highly encouraged to attend Transition GPS with their transitioning Service members.
Transitioning Sailors and their families can receive valuable resources and referrals from many of the military support agencies and civilian partners to include the Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Small Business Administration and the Fleet and Family Support Centers.