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Transition Assistance Program

Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success)

The Transition Goals, Plans, Success program—known as Transition GPS—was developed by the Department of Defense in coordination with the Department of Veteran Affairs and other partnering agencies. The program provides comprehensive services to our nation’s Servicemembers to transition to work, life, and home after the military.

Services You Have Earned

Transition GPS provides information about all the benefits and services you’ve earned, and it goes way beyond job-search assistance. Here’s just some of what the Transition GPS program offers:

Pre-separation counseling. Before you exit the military, receive individual assessments and one-on-one counseling with military service representatives experienced in the transition process.

Enhanced VA benefits briefings. Learn about VA benefits during training sessions led by trained instructors covering the spectrum of what VA offers to Veterans, Servicemembers, family members, and survivors.

You’ll receive information on these and other benefits to assist you through transition:

  • Education and employment programs to bolster your job skills and kick-start your career
  • VA benefits and services to improve your overall quality of life
  • Other benefits to assist in building and maintaining a stable home environment

Plans Designed for You

The Transition GPS program is designed to make your post-military adjustment easier. All transitioning Servicemembers are required to take part in the program—including Guard and Reserve members demobilizing after 180 days or more of active service (Title 10).

Make your transition a success with these services:

  • Individual transition planning. What are your skills, what job interests you, and what’s next? A customized roadmap will help you outline and achieve your career goals.

  • Employment workshop. What are civilian employers looking for from job applicants? During these sessions, employment specialists will help you translate your military skills to civilian employment, search for a job, write an effective résumé, and interview successfully.

  • Tailored tracks. Three optional workshops—Career Technical Training Track, Education Track, and Entrepreneurship Track—are also available through Transition GPS. Servicemembers can elect to attend one or all three in preparation for separation or retirement.

    Part of VA’s role within Transition GPS is instructing the Career Technical Training Track. This course guides Service members, military spouses, and Veterans through a variety of decisions involved in identifying a technical career, determining credentialing requirements, researching and applying to training programs, exploring funding options, and creating a plan for success.  After completing this program, participants will be prepared to develop a customized plan for a successful transition to a technical career.

How You’ll Learn

Through two briefings—VA Benefits I and II—learn what you need to know about VA benefits and services in a highly interactive, activity-based class attended by your peers. Information is provided through these briefings:

VA Benefits I. This is a four-hour briefing providing information on education, health care, compensation, life insurance, and home loans, as well as vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits information and counseling.The program assists you in developing a personal plan of action for using VA benefits. It’s open to 50 attendees per class; spouses and family members are encouraged to attend.

Visit the TAP page to view the VA Benefits I Briefing and video.

VA Benefits II. This two-hour supplemental briefing with video presentations provides an overview of the eBenefits portal and further information on VA health care benefits and services and the disability compensation process. Valuable guidance is provided on benefit options and how to navigate eBenefits.va.gov and MyHealtheVet.

Resources

You can also access the following additional resources:

  • The National Resource Directory provides access to thousands of local, state, and national services and resources to help wounded, ill, and injured Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families find information about available VA benefits, such as disability benefits, pensions, health care insurance, and the GI Bill.

  • CareerOneStop.gov provides employment, training, career planning, and financial and emotional guidance for life after military service. Link to VA and local resources and conduct a military-to-civilian job search based on your military job title or military occupation code.

  • My Next Move provides Servicemembers and Veterans with information about skills, salary information, job listings and more for over 900 different careers in various industries. Search for careers by keyword, browse industries that employ different types of workers, or search for jobs by military occupation code or title.


Learn More

In addition to Transition GPS, employment and training services are available in every state to help transitioning Servicemembers or Veterans thrive in post-military careers. Contact your military service’s Transition Assistance Program manager to learn more about your post-military options. You can also reach VA career and training specialists at 1-800-827-1000.