TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Joint Base Andrews Military & Family Support Center
Bldg 1191 Menoher Dr
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Hours of Operation
(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.
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.
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
TAP Workshop/Curriculum Online (CAC not required)
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.