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Transition Assistance Program


TAP Gives You the Edge in Transition

The Transition Assistance Program Gives You the Edge in Transition

Nearing the end of your military service and returning to the civilian work force? Do not let benefits or entitlements escape you. Contact your Command Career Counselor to complete your readiness assessment and get scheduled for your attendance in the TAP workshops. 

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to strengthen, standardize and expand counseling and guidance for Active and Reserve service members separating from the military after serving 180 or more days of active duty. For transition resources go to the Navy Transition Assistance Program page.

TAP has key components that significantly improve your transition support:

1.    Mandatory Pre-Separation Assessment and Individual Counseling, which must be completed before your last year on active duty. Here is how:

·         Log into 

·         Click on the top line menu “Correspondence/Documentation” then on “DoD Transition Assistance Program (DoDTAP)”

·         Initiate your eForm pre-separation counseling and update your personal information

·         Answer all the questions in all of the sections that it lets you

·         Save the form and see if there are any incomplete areas and correct them and save again

·         Once all fields are complete go to the bottom of the last section and sign the form

·         The next step is to see your Command Career Counselor to complete the paper self-assessment and have the results entered on your eForm DD2648 in the Milconnect website

Then attend our one-day Pre-separation Seminar to receive lots of valuable information for your transition. For the latest schedule, contact us at FFSC (847) 688-3603 ext.100

2.    The 3-day TAP Core Curriculum provides the following:

a.     DAY 1 - Pre-Separation Brief, Resilient Transitions, and Individual Transition Plan (ITP) preparation; Military to Civilian job skills crosswalk (MOC crosswalk) and Financial Planning support

b.     DAY 2 - Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits briefing

c.     DAY 3 - Department of Labor Employment overview

Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend the classes as well.

** After attending TAP classes, the Department of Defense would like to hear your feedback CLICK HERE

3.  CAREER TRACKS – There are 4 Career Tracks to choose from:  Employment, My Education, Vocational career Exploration, or Entrepreneurship. These career tracks provides information tailored for your specific goals. 

 4.  The CAPSTONE event, presented by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), REQUIRED to be completed no later than 90 days prior to separation in order to verify that you have met your Career Readiness Standards and received the transition services that you requested.

If you will be retiring from the military, you may attend a Transition classes as early as two years before your retirement date. If you are separating, you may attend a class as early as 12 months before your separation date. We recommend starting early so you can make a transition plan and have time to implement that plan over the months leading to your transition date. To get started, implement these steps to ensure a smooth transition from serving in the military back to gainful employment in the civilian community.

1.     Log on to to initiate the pre-separation questionnaire (Click here for instructions)

2.     Contact your Command Career Counselor to:

o    Receive a Pre-Separation Briefing and sign up for our Pre-Separation Seminar

o    Start your Individual Transition Plan

o    Obtain a quota and attend a TAP workshop, Career Track, and CAPSTONE

3.     To obtain a quota for any of the TAP workshops, have your Command Career Counselor submit a FFSC Registration Form as soon as you know you may be transitioning from the military. Submit the form to the FFSC following the directions on the form.

Please include your personal e-mail address on the registration form.

If you have registration questions, please contact: DSN 792-3603; Comm. (847) 688-3603, extension 100

Preparing to attend a Transition class, be sure to bring your materials to the class. Go to the TAP Resources page for materials

•       Complete your pre-separation briefing and sign the e-form DD2648 at  (see your CCC)

•       Individual Transition Plan (ITP)

•       Copy of your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET)

•       Most recent LES

•       Copy of your credit report

•       Copy of your Career Interest Inventory Assessment from O*Net “Interest Profiler”

•       Copy of all of your medical records (to assist you in filing for Service Connection with the DVA)

For more information contact the Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) at 847-688-3603 ext.100.

Related Links
• Evaluate our Transition Assistance Program
• Lodging at the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites Building 62 (Located next to where TAP is held)
• Employment and Job Fair Information

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