In late July, the President announced that the decades-old program designed to assist people leaving the military will get a much-needed overhaul this year. The Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, is a joint program run by the departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Labor. It currently provides those leaving the military with a mandatory training course, as well as optional courses on topics such as dressing for civilian workplaces and resume writing.
The overhaul will offer broader training, as well as a more personalized approach. Counselors will work with individual service members and will begin working with military personnel long before they are set to leave. The program will also offer separate tracks for personnel interested in starting their own businesses, attending college, as well as courses on how to immediately transfer military base skills into the civilian workplace.
One of the most hated parts of the current program, a 187 slide presentation, is going to be scrapped and replaced by a much shorter presentation, a pair of videos, and a more detailed 270-page guide that program participants can read on their own. The program will also be renamed TAP GPS, with GPS standing for “ goals, planning, and success.”
Currently, the program covers three days of classroom sessions given to each parting service member at the end of their military careers. These sessions will be expanded to between five and seven days. There’ll also be mandatory counseling, a three-day employment workshop, two days of financial and family issue planning, and two days of counseling for those interested in education, technical training, and entrepreneurship.