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STEP 1. Individualized Initial Counseling (IC)
Your transition now begins NLT 365 days prior to your separation/retirement. It is recommended retirees begin the transition process at least two years prior to retirement. In the event of an unanticipated separation or retirement, or a member of the Reserve Component is demobilized with less than 365 days, TAP must begin as soon as possible within the remaining period of service.
STEP 1. Individualized Initial Counseling (IC)
Effective 1 Oct 19, IAW Section 552 Public Law 115-232, John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, Individualized Initial Counseling between the service member and a transition counselor is now the official start to the transition process. IC should take place NLT 365 days prior to separation/retirement from military service. Prior to the IC session, service members will complete their personal self-assessment and begin the development of their Individual Transition Plan to identify their unique needs of the transition process and post-transition goals. At the conclusion of this appointment members will have an established transition plan to include scheduled appointments for the required corresponding requirements.
IC is conducted by individual appointment at the Scott AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) every Tuesday & Thursday with one hour appointment blocks available from 0800 1100. Register at www.scottafrc.com thru Appointment Plus.
STEP 2. Preseparation Counseling - Initiate DD Form 2648 eForm (Preseparation Counseling Phase).
Once the IC is complete, preseparation counseling commences and must also be completed NLT 365 days prior to separation/retirement; therefore, members are encouraged to complete their IC 13-15 months prior to separation/retirement. Preseparation counseling covers by-law information to include benefits, entitlements and resources for eligible transitioning service members. Caregivers and spouses are especially encouraged to attend preseparation counseling with their service member.
**This briefing is held every other Wednesday from 0730 – 1230 at the Scott AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC).
**Briefings are designated based on post separation status (i.e. separatee/retiree).
STEP 3. 5-Day TAP Curriculum Workshop
This multi-day course provides members with information and skills needed for a successful transition. This workshop is broken down as follows:
Day 1: DOD Transition Day - This portion of TAP includes curriculum modules on building resiliency by managing your own transition (MyTransition), a Military Occupational Code Crosswalk to help define and translate military skills and the Financial Plan for Transition module, which fulfills the mandated financial literacy requirement. (Required for all – no exemptions)
Day 2: VA Benefits and Services (Required for all – no exemptions)
Day 3: DOL Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (EFCT) – Some exemptions apply
This workshop is facilitated by briefers from the A&FRC, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor.
**DAYS 1 & 2 REQUIRED FOR ALL SERVICE MEMBERS, NO EXEMPTIONS.
STEP 4. CAPSTONE - Complete DD Form 2648 eForm (Capstone Phase)
The Capstone is the culminating event where a transition counselor will verify completion of required Career Readiness Standards (deliverables) as determined during the service members IC appointment. Capstone must be completed NLT 90 days prior to separation/retirement.
Capstone is conducted by individual appointment at the Scott AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) every Monday & Wednesday with one hour appointment blocks available from 1200 - 1500. Register at www.scottafrc.com thru Appointment Plus.
**Preseparation Counseling & TAP Curriculum workshop will be scheduled during members IC appointment.
** INDIVIDUALIZED INITIAL COUNSELING, PRESEPARATION COUNSELING, TAP DAYS 1-2 & CAPSTONE REQUIRED FOR ALL SERVICE MEMBERS, NO EXEMPTIONS.