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The goal of the Transition Assistance Program is to provide information, tools and training to ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life; whether pursuing additional education, finding a career or starting their own business.


The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is based on Public Law 101-510 and Public Law 112-56. Support is provided by local installation Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) staff.

Transition Assistance Program

TAP was legislated in 1991 under Title 10, which mandated the completion of preseparation counseling.  In 2011, new legislation was passed under The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act for those who have been on active duty for 180 days or more (excluding those on active duty for annual training or going to school). The VOW Act mandates servicemembers must complete the following:

1. Preseparation counseling: This is the launching point of the program; therefore, every effort should be made to complete it first. People who are retiring can schedule this counseling up to 24 months before retirement, while people who are separating can attend up to 12 months beforehand. Those impacted by force management programs should attend this counseling as soon as possible.

2.The Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) workshop: This is the only mandated step that has allowable exemptions. Exemptions apply for:

  • Servicemembers retiring with 20+ years of active-duty service
  • Servicemembers with documented civilian employment or acceptance to an accredited career technical training, undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Members with specialized skills which require deployment within 60 days
  • Air Force wounded warriors enrolled in an approved Education and Employment Initiative
  • Reserve Component members who have previously attended the workshop.

3. The VA Benefits and Services briefing: most Transition GPS workshops include this curriculum, however, servicemembers exempt from attending the workshop may attend a stand-alone VA Benefits and Services briefing, if available.

4. Capstone: This is the culminating activity to verify career readiness standards and should be accomplished no later than 90 days before separation or as soon as possible for those people impacted by force management. In conjunction with the Airman and Family Readiness Center transition counselor, each commander or approved designee is required to electronically sign the member's DD Form 2648, which documents whether or not a servicemember is career ready. These standards include having a 12-month post-separation budget, resume, etc., as determined by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

All components of the Transition GPS Core Curriculum are available online at https://jkodirect.jten.mil. Servicemembers can access and complete any/all offerings at any time in their career. However, only individuals located at a Geographically Separated Unit or with a short notice separation can use the virtual curriculum modules for credit towards meeting their career readiness standards during Capstone verification


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Service members can receive assistance with completing transition requirements by contacting the closest Airman and Family Readiness Center or Military and Family Readiness Center. The closest installation can be located at:  https://installations.militaryonesource.mil/

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