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Transition GPS Legislation and Policies

  • VOW to Hire Heroes Act (P.L. 112-56) The VOW to Hire Heroes Act states that all service members and their spouses must be provided transition assistance within 24 months of retirement and 12 months of separation (2011).
  • Title 10, US Code Chapter 58 “Benefits and Services for Members being Separated or Recently Separated” codified language found in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the National Defense Authorization Act FY12.
  • DTM 12-007 “Implementation of Mandatory Transition Assistance Program Participation for Eligible Service Members”

Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures by which the Military Departments administer the mandatory Transition Assistance Program.

  • DoD Transition Assistance Program Memorandum of Understanding Sets forth the agreement between the DOD, DOL, VA, ED, USCG, SBA and OPM regarding the parties’ collaboration on the redesigned Transition Assistance Program (2014).
  • OPNAVINST 1900.2B To implement provisions of references (a) through (k) and issue policy and guidance for establishment and execution of the Navy Transition Assistance Management Program (2007).
  • NAVSHORE 002/12 Announces the rollout of revisions to the Transition Assistance Program (2012).
  • WARNORD Rev (12-113a) CNIC way-ahead for the Implementation of Transition Goals Plan Succeed (2013).
  • NAVADMIN 154/14 Expanded exemptions from attending DOLEW, instructions for first commander with UCMJ authority to certify DOLEW exemption, and criteria for using virtual JKO curriculum. (2014)
  • NAVADMIN 334/12 Announces new requirements for mandatory service member participation in, and future enhancements to, the Transition Assistance Program. (2012)
  • NAVADMIN 053/13 Announces the updated requirements for the Transition Assistance Program as mandated by law. (2013)
  • NAVADMIN 187/13 Announces the third series for Transition Assistance Program (TAP) / Transition Goals, Plans, Success (GPS) implementation and provides additional information for the Capstone event. (2013)
  • NAVRESFOR 004/13 Establishes standards and procedures for Reserve Component Sailors to meet legal and policy requirements set forth in the Veteran’s Opportunity to Work Act, Veterans Employment Initiative and Transition Assistance Program. (2013)
  • VOW Act Memo from Office of Personnel Management Explains the “certification” or “statement of service” letter directing agencies to treat certain active duty service members as preference eligible before their DD Form 214 is received. (2012)
  • Department of Labor Transition Assistance Program Operations Manual March 2015
  • Director's Memorandum
  • DoDINST 1332.35 Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for Military Families

Transition GPS Documents, Forms and Websites

Deployment of the new electronic form (eForm) called Service Members Pre-Separation/Transition Counseling and Career Readiness Standards eForm for Service Members Separating, Retiring, or Released from Active Duty (REFRAD) (DD Form 2648).  The new DD Form 2648 was announced in NAVADMIN 260/16 and replaces the current Active-Duty Pre-Separation Checklist (DD Form 2648), Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Checklist for Deactivation / Demobilizing National Guard and Reserve Service Members (DD Form 2648-1), and Service Members Individual Transition Plan Checklist (DD Form 2958) used for Transition Goals, Plans, Success (GPS) and will improve data accuracy, create efficiencies, and streamline TAP data-gathering and sharing.

The new eForm was developed in three main phases and is designed to support the Transition GPS process:

  1. Pre-Separation Counseling - Mandatory counseling that is provided to eligible Service Members by TAP staff or command career counselors to inform members of services, benefits, curriculum, assessments, career readiness standards (CRS) deliverables, and individual transition plan during and after their separation, retirement, or release from active duty.
  2. CAPSTONE Review - Mandatory phase in which eligible Service Members produce evidence of the deliverables that meet the CRS to TAP staff or command career counselors before commander verification of CAPSTONE.
  3. Commander Verification - Mandatory phase in which eligible Service Members produce evidence of the deliverables that meet the CRS to the commander or their designee before separation, retirement, or release from active duty.


Documents for service members to bring to the 5-Day Workshop

Individual Transition Plan (ITP)

Transition GPS Workshop Facilitator Guides

Useful Websites

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