Transition Assistance Program
Through individual counseling, workshops, seminars, and job fairs, the Transition Assistance Program prepares members to transition into a second career. Individuals identify their skills, learn to search the job market, and successfully market themselves to quickly secure employment in the civil sector.
This congressionally MANDATED briefing is designed to assist those making a decision to separate from the military. Attendees will recieve valuable information on benefits, resources, and assistance available to separating/retiring personnel. The briefing is mandatory and is a prerequisite to the TAP Seminar. Please call the A&FRC at 777-4681 to schedule a pre-seperation briefing.
Members should attend this briefing immediately upon deciding to leave the Air Force. At a minimum, schedule attendance at least 180 days before your date of separation. It is mandatory that the briefing is completed 90 days prior to separation date. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
Members deploying should attend the briefing prior to departure if they plan to separate upon their return.
Members should not delay in planning for separation and retirement. Pre-Separation Timeline
Pre-Separation Briefings are held every Tuesday at varying times.
The seminar last 5 days and is held twice a month. During TAP members recieve instruction on resume writing, cover letters, dressing for the job, and effective interviewing skills. TAP Schedule
A VA representative also provides an overview of Veteran benefits/entitlements, current Post 9/11 GI Bill opportunities and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
TAP prepares participants to:
- Analyze skills and experience, likes and dislikes, work values, and how these affect their job search.
- Identify needs and goals, then compare them with information about jobs in various industries.
- Respond to job offers and answer questions in a job interview and identify behaviors to strengthen or change.
- Identify agencies available to provide job search assistance and information on veteran's benefits.
The Veteran's Administration (VA) operates a "Benefits Delivery at Discharge" program that assists service members with development of VA disability compensation claims prior to their discharge. This fosters continuity of care between the military and VA systems, and speeds up VA's processing of the application for compensation.
Under this program, active duty service members may file claims for residuals of mental and/or physical conditions that occurred while on active duty. Claims may be submitted as early as 180 days prior to separation or retirement, but not less than 45 days from separation or retirement.
Claims can be filed under the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program between 180-60 days from date of separation. Claims can also be submitted from 59-0 days from date of separation under the Quck Start Program.
The Disabled American Veteran's (DAV) Transition Service Officer can review your service medical records, assist you in completing appropriate applications, and submit your claim to the Salt Lake City VA Regional Office. You will then be scheduled for appropriate medical exams, your claim will be processed, and the VA will forward their rating decision to you as soon as possible after your separation from active duty.
The DAV Transition Service Officer briefs the VA "Benefits Delivery at Discharge" program at the Transition Assistance Program seminars to ensure that service members are aware of their VA benefits. The Service Officer can also provide guidance and applications for obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility for VA Home Loan benefits.
To schedule an appointment please call the DAV directly at (801) 326-2375. You may also file your claim direct with the VA and can contact them for an appointment at (801) 326-2328. The VA is normally at our facility on Thursdays depending during TAP week.
A complete copy of your medical record is required prior to your first initial appointment. It is advised you also maintain and file a copy for yourself. Do not submit your copy and do not submit any original document.
Survivor Benefits Program
The Survivor Benefit Plan is an annuity plan that provides a guaranteed monthly amount to the dependents to help replace the loss of the retirement pay. Retirement pay ends at the time of death of the retiree.
A mandatory SBP briefing is required for the member and spouse 120 days prior to the official retirement date.
Counseling on the SBP is available at Hill AFB to assist the member and spouse to make an informed decision.
To schedule an appointment, call 801-777-2863 or 801-777-4681.
More information on the SBP is available at http://www.retirees.af.mil/