What is Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)?
We provide transition and employment assistance to Soldiers and their adult family members who are transitioning from active duty. We also assist Veterans, Retirees, and DoD Civilian employees who are in a Reduction in Force (RIF) status. Pre-separation planning includes benefits information, job search skills development, career guidance, search assistance, and a multitude of other services that are vital to a seamless transition.
Why is Transition Assistance Important?
It is a Commander's program mandated by law that supports the Veteran's Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, and the Army's Transition Policy. The program's goal is to better prepare Soldiers for transition, reduce the number of unemployed Veterans, and help reduce the stress our Soldiers and their Families experience during the transition process. Commanders and Directors will manage and facilitate the transition process for Soldiers leaving active duty starting 18 months prior but not later than 12 months prior to separation.
How Do I Get Started?
Call (913) 684-2227 to schedule an appointment with one of our Counselors. If you are unable to physically attend an appointment, you will receive instructions on how to initiate the process online.
Transition Assistance Program Resources
There is an extensive library of literature in our computer lab that pertains to writing effective and persuasive resumes, conducting a successful interview, and how to choose a career path. These resources are available to all during normal business hours.
Our program also uses an interactive, multimedia, computer-based training system called TAP XXI, which gives you transition information and job assistance training to start you on your way to a satisfying and successful future. The software allows you to work at your own pace and design your own individual career path. TAP XXI uses full screen, full motion, video, graphics, audio, animation, and customized applications. It's easy to use and no computer experience is required.
Interactive Job Assistance Training helps you to:
- Design and manage your transition plan.
- Set objectives and assess your skills.
- Use specialized electronic job-search tools, including access to the Internet.
- Write effective resumes and cover letters.
- Learn how to network for job opportunities.
- Conduct practice interviews.
- Learn to negotiate salaries and benefits.
- Prepare to manage a career.
Positive results from the training are:
- Provides a great foundation for a winning career in the civilian world.
- Saves time and guides your success.
- Reduces stress associated with transitioning and the job-search process.
- Promotes and increases self-confidence.
- Help you retain transition information and job assistance training better and longer.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Representatives Available Within the Transition Assistance Center
VA counselors are co-located with Transition Assistance and provide the VA benefits I and II brief during the week long Transition Assistance Program workshop, and also provide training during the 2 day Technical / Vocational workshops. The counselors are also available for individual sessions and can provide detailed explanations of benefits, programs, and opportunities that are available with the VA. They are also a source of information for other questions relating to VA. The counselors will NOT be submitting claims for disability, but can provide information on claim requirements and how the claims process works. To set up an individual appointment with one of the VA representatives, call (913) 684-2846 / 2844.
Financial Guidance and Counseling
Our program has an Accredited Financial Counselor available to assist with preparing and planning for the transition from military to civilian. Our counselor will work with you on budget, expected expenditures, and other unexpected expenses that could arise. Call (913) 684-2227 to schedule an appointment.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is the primary 5-day Workshop.
This workshop is conducted at least once a month. It is facilitated by SFL-TAP Transition Counselors, Briefings are conducted by Veteran Employment Representatives from the Department of Labor and from the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits section. This hands-on instruction runs from 0800 to 1630 each day.
Links to files below are provided for the TAP Workshop:
Checklist of items to bring
Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Worksheet
Financial Planning Worksheet
TAP Workshop Appropriate Attire