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 Transition Assistance Program (TAP)


CNO and CNR Reserve Transition Video

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander of Navy Reserve Force Vice Adm. John Mustin speak of the opportunities available to Active Duty Sailors transitioning to the Navy Reserve.
UPDATED/VERIFIED  October 12, 2023


     TAP provides separating/retiring service members and their families with the skills, tools and self-confidence necessary to successfully re-enter into the civilian work force, pursue higher education, or technical training.  The goal of the program is to provide professional career development resources throughout the military career life cycle (MLC).


1. Mandatory Initial Counseling (IC)/self-assessment to be completed 365 days or more prior to release from active duty.
2. Mandatory Pre-Separation counseling at least 365 days or more prior to release from active duty.  Updated Pre-Separation Guides and Presentation are available under Transition Tools. 
3. Mandatory TAP Core Curriculum:

  • Attendance at DoD Transition Day (My Transition, Military Occupation Code crosswalk, and Financial planning).
  • Veterans Administration Benefits and Service brief
  • Department of Labor (DoL) One-day Employment Workshop

4. Selection of Two-Day Track: Sailors assigned Tier I and II may be waived from participating. Tier III assigned personnel must select at least one track.  

  • Employment Track: Employment Workshop
  • Education Track: Managing Your (my) Education
  • Vocational Track: Career and Credential Exploration
  • Entrepreneurship Track: Boots to Business

5. Mandatory CAPSTONE event which must be completed no later than 90 days prior to separation to verify you have met CRS and received the transition services requested.

(Applicable to all civilian career paths)
  • Self-Assessment/Individual Transition Plan
  • Post-Transition Financial Plan
  • eBenefits registration
  • Continuum of Military Service brief (AC only)
  • Gap Analysis or verification of employment
  • Completed Resume or provide Verification of employment (based on track selected)
  • Comparison of Technical Institutions (based on track selected)
  • Comparison of College/Universities (based on track selected)

 DoDI 1332.35              TAP for Military Personnel (26Sep19)
DD Form 2875             System Authorization Form (SAAR) (May 22) – DMDC Access
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OPNAVINST 1900.2D   TAP (1May23) 
NAVADMIN 082/20      Navy TAP Policy Update for COVID-19
NAVADMIN 223/19      Changes to Transition Assistance Program

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