Helping you balance your Work and your Life
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) has been enhanced to include Career Readiness Standards (CRS) for a successful transition.Key elements of the redesigned TAP allow service members to depart "career ready".
TAP attendance eligibility is:
Members within 1 year of separating
* Members within 2-3 years of retirement
Request to attend a TAP Course. Ms. CJ Johnson, Base Alameda Transition Relocation Manager is the overall point of contact.
Normally, civilian employees will receive a separate counseling on benefits from their Civilian Personnel Office. Once that counseling is completed, civilian employees and family members of Coast Guard members and civilian employees visit the work-Life Center to learn about available services, identify the services they need, and to take steps necessary to receive those services
Throughout their transition, Coast Guard members, Coast Guard civilians, and their family members have free access to trained Work-Life managers who can help them to modify their individual transition plan, secure necessary services, or just resolve problems. The Work-Life Center remains their guide through this anxious transition period.
PROGRAM UPDATE Pre-separation counseling and completion of the DD Form 2648 is mandatory by all separating and retiring Coast Guard personnel and is a prerequisite to Transition GPS. DD Form 2648-1 is for Reservists. See ALCOAST 383/14 for reference. This ALCOAST also announced the mandatory requirement for all separating and retiring Coast Guard personnel to participate in Transition GPS. Contact Ms. Johnson if you have any questions.
Schedule Your Counseling
Coast Guard members are normally scheduled to attend the transition seminar or preseparation counseling by the servicing installation Work-Life Center. The goal is to attend a transition seminar or preseparation counseling between 180-90 days prior to separation. If you are within 90 days of separation and have not made an appointment, call the Work-Life Center and schedule a seminar immediately. If you are stationed at a remote location which does not provide Work-Life services, contact your transition liaison or the Work-Life Center and arrange an appointment.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Class
Public Law 103-337 requires that all Coast Guard commands offer preseparation counseling at least 90-180 days before separation to all members being discharged, released from active duty, medically discharging and retired (no exceptions).
The following timeline shows major events during the period from 180 to 90 days prior to separation:
Attend a Transition Assistance Program Workshop.
If not able to attend TAP, schedule Preseparation Counseling appointment.
Develop Individual Transition Plan.
Research job market. Assess your skills and interests.
Start networking - contact friends in the private sector.
Attend job fairs.
Research job possibilities, markets and economic conditions.
Make financial plan for your transitional period.
Visit your Reserve Component Career Counselor
Receive your Verification of Military Experience and Training (DD214) document.
Complete first draft of your resume.
Visit your Education Services Office.
Schedule your physical examination.
Learn about your transitional health care options.
If you qualify-Submit (Leave/Permissive TDY) to unit commander.
Arrange transportation counseling
Schedule final dental examination.
Make copies of personnel and medical records.
Determine eligibility for separation pay.
legal advice/prepare will at local Staff Judge Advocate/Legal Assistance.
Begin automated job search.
Complete DORS resume. (See Employment Assistance)
Send out resumes.
Assemble your civilian job search wardrobe.
Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
Every separating Coast Guard member needs a targeted and individualized transition plan. The ITP is your game plan for a successful transition to civilian life. It is a framework you can use to fulfill realistic career goals based upon your unique skills, knowledge, experience, and abilities. The ITP is not an official form. It is something you create by yourself, for yourself. The ITP identifies actions and activities associated with your transition.
Your copy of the completed DD Form 2648 will serve as an outline for your ITP. On this checklist, you will indicate the benefits and services for which you desire to receive additional counseling. You will then be referred to subject experts who will gladly answer your questions. Your Work-Life manager will furnish general information and emphasize certain points for you to consider.
Effects of a Career Change
Changing careers is a stressful undertaking, perhaps even more so for those leaving military service after many years. the experiences of thousands of service members who have recently separated suggest that this transition is likely to be stressful for you and your family.
Understanding stress and coping with it are essential skills you will need to get through this difficult time. Include all of your family members in the transition decision making process because there will be changes in employment status, lifestyle, location, and schools.
If this transition is causing you and your family stress, you may seek help through Coast Guard Work-Life Center, the Chaplain's office, mental health facilities, local support groups, and even the self-help section of your nearest library or bookstore.
Ms. CJ Johnson
Transition Relocation Specialist