TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Joint Base Andrews Military & Family Support Center 

Address

Bldg 1191 Menoher Dr.

Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

20762

Phone

(301) 981-7087

Hours of Operation

Mon-Wed & Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm

Thu: 7:30am-12:00pm

Closed on Holidays and AFDW Family Days

Email

316.fss.mfsc@us.af.mil

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*Due to current COVID-19 precautions and guidance, some TAP courses will be completed virtually while some may be conducted in-person. Please email the TAP Org Box at 316.FSS.MFSC@us.af.mil with any questions or concerns and check out the JBA TAP Schedule listed under 'Additional Resources' below.

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:  This must be completed NLT 365 days prior to transition and is - by law - required as the FIRST step in the process. During this appointment, TAP Counselors and Service Members will 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:  Must be completed NLT 365 days prior to transition. During Pre-Separation Counseling appointment or briefing, we discuss programs and services that 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:  A comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare Service Members for their transition. This 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 for 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 the 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 completed 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.

*If you are a service member administratively assigned to another local organization, please reach out to the appropriate org box or POC listed below:

Pentagon A&FRC:
Center Email: 811FSS.Pentagon.AFRC@us.af.mil
Phone: (703) 693-9460 (will return call within 24 hours)


JBAB A&FRC:
TAP Org Box: 11FSS.mfrc.taporg@us.af.mil
Center Email: 11FSS.mfrc.org@us.af.mil
Phone: (202) 284-4473


Fort Meade A&FRC:
Email: george.hudson.3.ctr@us.af.mil
Phone: (443) 876-9646

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

  • Statement of Understanding

TRANSITION WORKSHOP DOCUMENTS:

 

Approximately 5 business days prior to your 3-Day TAP Workshop, you will receive an instruction email with the 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 will be provided during the class.

 

*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

*VA Benefits Advisors located in bdlg 1604, (301) 981-2178 or (571) 461-8705.

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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