How Military Spouses Can Use the Transition Assistance Program

How Military Spouses Can Use the Transition Assistance Program

The Defense Department’s transition assistance program (TAP) is designed to help service members get out of the military and back to civilian life. But what about their spouses ? What’s in the transition program for them? Before 2019, the most spouses knew about the transition program was that they could attend on a space-available basis. In October 2019, however, a new, congressionally mandated program rolled out and, with it, specific guidance for how and when some military spouses can get involved in the transition process with their military member. While the DoD is also developing a spouse-specific set of transition programming available online through Military OneSource, this policy addresses spouses and TAP as it’s designed for the service member. What is TAP? TAP is presented to troops in five distinct parts, starting in most cases no later than 365 days from their final-out date. The process starts with a one-on-one initial counseling session during which the service member creates and walks through a self assessment and individualized plan. Next, troops attend a pre-separation briefing where they get a broad overview of the transition. The third step focuses on three different briefings from the Defense Department, the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Next, they’ll pick a focused track that walks through education or job resources. Finally, a capstone session makes sure all of the boxes on the transition paperwork have been checked — literally. Virtual TAP Training The in-person sessions represent a lot of time in transition training. If you have a day job or child care needs, you probably can’t or don’t want to commit that much time to sitting in sessions with your service member spouse. That’s part of the reason the TAP policy requires a virtual curriculum, which officials plan to roll out […]

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