TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Joint Base Andrews Military & Family Support Center 

Address

Bldg 1191 Menoher Dr

Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

20762

Phone

301-981-7087

Email

316.FSS.MFSC@us.af.mil

Hours of Operation

Mon: 0730-1630

Tues: 0730-1630

Wed: 0730-1630

Thurs: 0730-1200

Fri: 0730-1630

(Closed on Holidays and AFDW Family Days)

Due to current COVID-19 precautions and guidance, ALL in-seat TAP classes are canceled through December 2020.TAP continues to be mandatory and all curriculum will be completed virtually. We are prioritizing those separating or retiring within 120 days. If you are within this window, contact us as soon as possible. Please email the TAP Org Box at 316.FSS.MFSC@us.af.mil with any questions or concerns.

 

The Transition Assistance Program is designed to make separation or retirement from service a well-planned, organized, and thoughtful progression that empowers Service Members to make informed career decisions, be competitive in a global workforce, and become positive contributors to their communities.

Tap Timeline

Service Members are required to initiate the TAP process no later than 365 days from the date of separation or retirement.  However, the process cannot begin until within 24 months from retirement or within 18 months from separation. You can find a comprehensive timeline for the entire process here: https://www.dodtap.mil/resources.html (Managing Your Transition Time).

 
Mandatory Steps for Completing Tap

STEP 1 Individualized Initial Counseling: It must be completed NLT 365 days prior to transition and by-law, it is required as the FIRST step in the process. During this appointment, TAP Counselors and Service Members discuss transition needs and goals. Ultimately, Service Members are placed in a Tier (1, 2, or 3) that meets their needs and goals.

 

STEP 2 Pre-separation Counseling: It must be completed NLT 365 days prior to transition. During Pre-separation Counseling appointment or briefing, we discuss programs and services you may be eligible for as a veteran and review the entire transition process. This must be completed prior to attending the TAP workshop.

 

STEP 3 – Transition “TAP” Workshop: Comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare Service Members for their transition. It includes mandatory requirements such as: DoD Training Day, the Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW), and the VA Benefits & Services briefing.

 

STEP 4 – Additional 2 Day Tracks: Additional tracks are available to you based on your transition goals and needs. These include Employment, Vocational, Education, or Entrepreneurship. They are provided by experts in these fields such as the Department of Labor, Education Center, and Small Business Association.

 

STEP 5 – Capstone Event (Finalizing DD Form 2648): Service Members show evidence they have completed Career Readiness Standards (CRS) and have a viable Individual Transition Plan (ITP). The purpose of the Capstone event is to evaluate a Service Member’s preparedness to successfully transition from military to civilian life/career/education/entrepreneurship and/or vocational training. The Capstone must be competed for NET 365 and NLT 90 days from your date of separation or retirement. You will need the resulting DD Form 2648 (signed by your Commander) to out-process the Installation.

Complete tasks Below to Begin TAP!

Complete ALL documents listed below and email them to: 316.FSS.MFSC@us.af.mil. These documents will be carefully reviewed and used to help determine your TAP requirements and registration in a workshop. Incomplete documents will delay the process significantly.

 

– Service Member self-assessment: LINK
– Service Member additional information assessment: LINK
– Pages 1-3 (up to section A only) of the Individual Transition Plan (ITP): LINK

Note: An M&FSC staff member will respond to you within 3 business days to address issues and/or register you for a TAP workshop.

Transition Workshop Required Documents​

 

Approximately 5 business days prior to your 3 Day TAP Workshop, you will receive an instruction email with location, ROEs, and tasks to be completed prior to the class. You will need the documents below before, during, and after the class. Click on each of the links below to review. Explanation of how these are accomplished is provided during the class.

  • Item 1 - Tier 1 Brochure: LINK

  • Item 2 - Tier 2 Brochure: LINK

  • Item 3 - Tier 3 Brochure: LINK

  • Item 4 - Pre-Sep Slides: LINK

  • Item 5 - Individual Transition Plan (ITP): LINK

  • Item 6 - MY Transition Timeline: LINK

  • Item 7 - MOC Crosswalk Participant Guide: LINK

  • Item 8 - Financial Planning Participant Guide: LINK

  • Item 9 - Capstone Checklist (Legacy) TAP: LINK

  • Item 10 - Capstone Checklist (Tier Info): LINK

  • Item 11 - Post-Transition Spend Plan Template: LINK

  • Item 12 - Spend Plan Instructions: LINK

  • Item 13 - DoDTAP Service Member Login Slides: LINK

  • Item 14 - MOC Crosswalk Gap Analysis: LINK

  • Item 15 - Retrieving vMET Instructions: LINK

 

You will need the Department of Labor Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (EFCT) during the workshop. Download the PDF file here: https://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/tap.htm

Additional Resources

2021 JBA Transition Course Schedule

 

TAP Workshop and Additional 2 Day Tracks 2020 Schedule

 

Comprehensive TAP information

AF TAP information

 

TAP Workshop/Curriculum Online (CAC not required)

Connect with your Remote VA Benefits Advisor

 

TRICARE Retiring from Active Duty

eBenefits Factsheet

 

Capstone Complete Now What

VFW VA Disability Claim Appointments

 

TRICARE Cost Sheet May 2020

VFW Posts within 50 miles of JBA

 

Womens Health Transition Training

Statement of Benefits Guide

 

2019 Military Spouse Employment Toolkit

TAP Online Course Instructions

 

VA Benefits Advisors located in building 1604, 301-981-2178 or 703-989-2890

For more information about the Skillbridge Program or to sign up for the Education workshop, visit www.andrewsfss.com/education-training, email 316.FSS.FSDE.Andrews.Education@us.af.mil, or call 301-981-6347.

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