The military’s Transition Assistance Program is designed to make the process easier. But does it? Some military families are reluctant to take advantage of the TAP program. The apprehension comes from rumors they’ve heard about the TAP of the past. But the TAP program of today may be more robust, and more useful, than you think. Here’s what you can expect.
Mandatory TAP session are broken into three parts – pre-separation counseling, the TAP curriculum, and Capstone. Pre-separation counseling is ideally done twelve-to-twenty-four months before a service member separates. A counselor sits down with a service member and his spouse to discuss education, training, employment, career goals, financial management, health, wellbeing, housing and relocation. This conversation lays out the big picture goals for a service member’s post-military life.