Transition Assistance Program – TAP Overview

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a partnership with the Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Transportation and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).  It was established to meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services.

TAP helps service members and their spouses in the following ways:

  • Training and employment information to armed forces members within 180 days of separation or retirement.TAP Transition Assistance Program
  • Provides comprehensive workshops at select military installations with professionally-trained workshop facilitators from the State Employment Services, military family support services, Department of Labor contractors, or VETS’ staff present the workshops.
  • Attendees learn about:
    • Pre-separation counseling
    • Relocation assistance
    • Career decision-making
    • Job searches
    • Current occupational and labor market conditions
    • Resume and cover letter writing
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Evaluation of employability relative to the job market
    • Information on veterans benefits including education and training, health and life insurance
  • Services members separating from the military with a service-connected disability are offered the Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP).
  • Attendees at DTAP learn about:
    • Everything included in TAP
    • Additional instruction to help determine job readiness
    • Address any special needs of disabled veterans


For more information on the TAP program visit the Department of Labor.



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