26 January 2017
What does the Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program do?
USAG Public Affairs
The Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program provides transitioning services to Soldiers who have completed at least 180 days of continuous active duty service. SFL-TAP consists of comprehensive three-day workshops at selected IMCOM installations worldwide. Professionally-trained facilitators from state employment service offices, military family support services, the Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs present the workshops.

Soldiers learn about job searches, career decision-making, current occupational and labor market conditions, resume and cover letter preparation and interviewing techniques.

Participants are also provided with an evaluation of their employability relative to the job market and receive information on the most current veterans’ benefits.

SFL-TAP remains a commander's program, encouraging the idea of going early and often to receive transition services in order to be more prepared for transition. Soldiers should start the program 18 months prior to their transition date or 24 months prior for retirees. The earlier a Soldier starts the program, the better prepared they are for transition from active duty to the civilian sector.

Though the SFL-TAP is a Department of the Army-level program run by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, it’s executed locally by the Installation Management Command.

At Fort Detrick, the program is managed by the Directorate of Human Resources located in building 1520 the Community Support Center, 1520 Freedman Dr.

The SFL-TAP also coordinates job fairs through a partnership with the national Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program. In 2016, more than 3,000 Soldiers were hired by 629 employers after taking part in interviews at Hiring Our Heroes events.

Planning and scheduling is underway for the 2017 job fairs, visit: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/blog/post/hiring-our-heroes-releases-2017-hiring-fair-and-expo-calendar for the 2017 hiring fairs and expos.

For more information about SFL-TAP, call (301) 619-2174
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