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    Changes to DoD TAP: Here’s What You Need to Know about the October 1, 2019 Roll Out

    Changes to DoD TAP: Here’s What You Need to Know about the October 1, 2019 Roll Out

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    DoD, Military-Civilian Transition Office

    From DoD Transition to Veterans Program Office

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In 2018, President Donald Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19 NDAA) into law, which significantly altered the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program for the first time since 2011.

    The purpose of DoD TAP remains the same, but the new TAP requirements in FY19 NDAA will reflect a different TAP process of execution beginning October 1, 2019.

    “It is our hope that these changes will provide ample time for transitioning service members to begin thinking about their transition and begin planning accordingly,” said Tamre H. Newton, director, Transition to Veterans Program Office (TVPO).

    DoD TAP is an outcome-based program that bolsters opportunities, services, and training for transitioning service members in their preparation to meet post-military goals, and should not be confused with TAPS, an acronym for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

    The mandatory components of TAP are applicable for all service members who have at least 180 continuous days or more on active duty; this includes National Guard and Reserve.

    Here’s a breakdown of what TAP will look like:

    • TAP now starts no later than 365 days prior to transition for those who are separating or retiring. It is recommended retirees begin the transition process at least two years prior to retirement. In the event of an unanticipated separation or retirement, or a member of the Reserve Component is demobilized with less than 365 days, TAP must begin as soon as possible within the remaining period of service.

    • Individualized Initial Counseling between the service member and a TAP counselor is now the official start to the transition process. During the IC session, service members complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of their Individual Transition Plan to identify their unique needs of the transition process and post-transition goals.

    • Once the individualized IC is complete, pre-separation counseling commences. Pre-separation counseling, just like IC, must start no later than 365 days prior to transition. Pre-separation counseling covers by-law information to include benefits, entitlements and resources for eligible transitioning service members. Caregivers and spouses are especially encouraged to attend pre-separation counseling with their service member.

    • The DoD Transition Day follows pre-separation counseling, and is mandatory for transitioning service members. This portion of TAP includes curriculum modules on building resiliency by managing your own transition (MyTransition), a Military Occupational Code Crosswalk to help define and translate military skills, and the financial plan for transition module, which fulfils the mandated financial literacy requirement.

    • The Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to provide the VA Benefits and Services brief, formerly known as VA Benefits I and II, on the VA benefits and services available to service members and veterans.

    • The Department of Labor will provide a required DOL one-day brief on preparation for employment, which is a change from the current 3-day DOL Employment Workshop.

    The new changes with TAP also include a service member election of two-days of instruction; these include the: DOL Employment Track, DOL Vocational Track, DoD Education Track, and the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurship Track. Transitioning service members must elect at least one track, but may attend more than one based on their ITP and post-transition goals.

    The Capstone event, which is the culminating event where commanders verify achievement of career readiness standards and a viable ITP, must happen no later than 90 days before separation or released from active duty. Capstone remains the culminating event for TAP.

    While certain changes to DoD TAP are standard across the military departments, each military service may execute the mandatory portions of TAP based on their service culture, as long as they are within the required timeframes.

    This may result in a distributive model, where TAP is encouraged to be completed over the course of the 365 days following IC and pre-separation counseling; or in a consecutive model where TAP is completed in a five-day consecutive period, allowing service members to use the knowledge gained right upfront to explore additional tracks, extensively network, complete a marketable certification, attend a DoD SkillBridge program, or utilize a mentor to ease their transition.

    At this time, the FY19 NDAA changes to TAP will not be reflected on However, TVPO anticipates the website will be updated as soon as possible. For more information on the updates to TAP, please contact your installation transition office.

    About the Transition to Veterans Program Office:

    TVPO is responsible for designing, overseeing, and evaluating the Transition Assistance Program.

    TAP is a result of an interagency partnership between DoD, Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Small Business Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management.



    Date Taken: 09.30.2019
    Date Posted: 09.30.2019 10:55
    Story ID: 344594
    Location: US

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