Office of Work-Life Programs -
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Pre-separation counseling is a mandatory prerequisite to attending TAP
GPS. Pre-separation is required by Law for all service members. Service
members begin the final TAP process between 12 and 24 months but no later
than 90 days prior to separation. The process starts with a review and
completion of the "Pre-separation Counseling Checklist", which provides an
overview of the programs and services available during their transition.
The following steps shall be taken by the separating or retiring Coast Guard
Members for Pre-separation Counseling:
- Service member informs command of intention for
separation or retirement.
- Service member is directed to contact the designated
Pre-separation Counselor in order to receive the
Pre-separation Briefing and complete form using
DD Form 2648 (active) or
DD Form 2648-1
Pre-separation Counseling Checklist.
- Upon counseling and completion of DD2648 or DD2648-1,
the Service Member ensures one copy is placed at servicing SPO/PERSRU
office for permanent file maintains a copy for their
personal record, and verifies completion to Transition/Relocation