Transition Assistance Program Manual

In order to better assist uniformed service members preparing to transition to the civilian workforce, the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor have created a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manual. The TAP Manual is designed to be used in facilitating workshops but may also be used on a individual basis.

Please Note: The TAP Manual is separated into sections for easier download. The manual is in PDF format and users will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on their computer to view it. To save a copy of each of the files, first click on the links below, and the chapters will open up in another browser window. Next, click on the floppy disk icon in the button bar to save the files one-at-a-time.

Chapters 1-2     Chapters 3-4     Chapters 5-6

Information contained in the TAP Manual includes Labor Market Information, assessment of skills and competencies, and up-to-date information on veterans benefits. Workshop participants learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters; how to interview for jobs; and the best methods for actually searching for jobs. They also learn about Federal online resources to help them look for jobs.

Comparability of Military and Civilian Training: Although military education and training may not be as widely recognized as the more traditional civilian forms, it often meets the same rigorous standards. Over the years, the military has increasingly modeled its education and training programs after comparable civilian programs. For example, in the healthcare field, many, if not most, of the training programs offered by the military services have been adapted to meet the accreditation standards of civilian accrediting agencies and most have actually attained accreditation. A number of different factors have led to the movement within the military to adapt to civilian training standards and practices. Click here to view additional information on military to civilian occupation comparisons and accreditation.

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