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Transition Assistance – Resources that Unlock the Future

From 21st Century Sailor Office 

Navy’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) has been completely redesigned and will help Sailors who are retiring or separating, by giving them the skills, resources, and tools necessary to make a successful move to civilian life.  This is not the old TAP class but rather a new comprehensive program that includes an updated curriculum, now known as Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success).

Transition GPS is designed so that Sailors receive the training mandated by law, where the focus is on financial planning, understanding VA benefits and attending an employment workshop.

New DoD Career Readiness Standards (CRS) have been established, and while the classroom training will help Sailors understand the skills and resources needed for their next career, the redesigned program also ensures Sailors are meeting the requirements and connecting to the proper resources.

This is done as part of Capstone, a final check that commanders and TAP counselors undertake to make sure Sailors have meet career standards and all resources have been explained and provided to them.

To get started, contact your Command Career Counselor or your Command Transition Officer designated by your chain of command.  Additional help can also be found at Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and visit www.DoDTAP.mil and www.cnic.navy.mil/tgps4servicemembers

Rear Adm. Rick Snyder, director of 21st Century Sailor Office, speaks to Sailors during an all-hands call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Rear Adm. Rick Snyder, director of 21st Century Sailor Office, speaks to Sailors during an all-hands call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.


For leaders, Sailors, and their spouses, here are the important things you should know.

— Sailors

  • All active and reserve personnel, who served 180 days or more on Title 10 Active Duty are required to receive pre-separation counseling, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits briefing, and Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) before separating or retiring, unless exempted.
  • The classroom portion of TAP was renamed Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) and provides a more robust curriculum for personal budget preparation, job finding and interviewing skills, military to civilian transition and VA benefits.
  • Sailors who are geographically isolated by 50 miles or more from a Transition GPS delivery site, as well as short notice administrative separations, may satisfy attendance requirements through Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) at https://jkodirect.jten.mil/.  This exception must be approved by your Commanding Officer.
  • In addition to the Transition GPS core curriculum, Sailors have the opportunity to participate in one or more two-day additional tracks to meet their personal and career goals: Accessing Higher Education, for those pursuing a college education; Career Technical Training, for those seeking industry-recognized credentials in shorter-term training programs; or Entrepreneurship, for those wanting to start their own business.
  • Prior to separating from Active Duty, you will participate in a Capstone event to verify you have a viable Individual Transition Plan (ITP) and meet Career Readiness Standards (CRS).  If additional support is needed, you will be connected with the right agency partner and the resources and benefits needed to ensure a successful transition.

— Commanders

  • Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is Commanders’ business; as a Commander you are responsible for ensuring Service members are provided the mandatory portions of the TAP as required by law and the additional tracks as needed to meet CRS.
  • It is your responsibility to verify each Service member meets Career Readiness Standards (CRS) no later than 90 days prior to separation.

— Spouses

  • As a military spouse, you are encouraged to attend the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) with your Service member to take advantage of all the program has to offer.  If you are unable to attend the week long course with your spouse you have access to the same Transition GPS curriculum as Service members, 24/7 through the eBenefits web site, DOL Vets, or Military OneSource websites.
  • The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) MSEP is part of the Department of Defense’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative, which seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses. It currently partners with more than 260 corporations, businesses and Military Serving Organizations in an effort to connect companies who are interested in employing Military spouses with potential employees. website: https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/
  • The Veterans Employment Center (VEC) is an online tool that brings together public and private employers with real job opportunities, and provides transitioning Service members, Veterans, and their families with the tools to translate their military skills into plain language and build a profile that can be shared with employers who have made a public commitment to hire Veterans.  Connect here with the VEC at www.ebenefits.va.gov/jobs.


Get started today by contacting your Command Career Counselor or designated Command Transition Officer and your local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC).

Visit www.DoDTAP.mil and www.cnic.navy.mil/tgps4servicemembers for more info.



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