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VA Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

Your Transition to VA Support

We have several VA benefits and services available to help you achieve success after the military. However, you don’t have to navigate them alone. VA resources are available at your installation and in your local community to help you and your family.

On the video to the right, watch how these service members transitioned to become Veterans with the help of the Transition Assistance Program. ➞

Learn About VA Benefits and Services Through VA TAP

As you make important choices about your family, finances, and career, we want you to choose VA. It’s never too early to start learning about the VA benefits you and your family may earn throughout your military career. In coordination with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Labor, VA provides comprehensive support through TAP to help you transition to civilian life. We understand the importance of preparing for your transition to civilian life throughout your military career, beginning with your first duty station through transition to civilian life, also known as the Military Life Cycle (MLC), and VA offers support and services accordingly.

To learn more about the military to civilian transition, read the Military to Civilian Transition 2018 report below.

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VA Benefits and Services

We know that no two transitions are the same—but we’re certain that all transitioning service members deserve easy access to the benefits they’ve earned. The mandatory VA Benefits and Services course will help you learn about these benefits, introduce you to helpful services and tools, and show you how to navigate the VA web portals. You’ll leave knowing how find the help and support you need for a smooth and successful transition.

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Military Life Cycle (MLC) Modules

It’s important to learn about the great benefits, services, and resources available in all stages of your military career – from your first duty station onward. MLC modules are 45- to 60-minute information sessions on the benefits and services topics most important to service members and their loved ones.

Any service member, Veteran, family member, caregiver, or survivor may participate in an MLC module. You may take them throughout your military career, including after major life events like permanent changes of station or deployments.

Military Life Cycle (MLC) Online Resources

Virtual Curriculum

The TAP Transition GPS Virtual Curriculum is available through Joint Knowledge Online (JKO). It can be accessed at any time to support long-term career planning and help prepare transitioning service members to meet Career Readiness Standards (CRS).

Benefits Advisors

Benefits Advisors are your personal guides for your transition. They work at military installations around the world, and their one goal is to support you in learning about VA benefits, services and tools. In addition to presenting VA Benefits and Services, they provide one-on-one assistance tailored to meet your individual needs. Please see your installation TAP Manager to connect with your local Benefits Advisor.

VA Support to Service Members and Veterans

Your eligibility depends on where you are in the military lifecycle. To learn more, explore your resources below.

Active Duty
Service Members

Learn about the VA benefits available to you and your family throughout your military career.

Member of the National
Guard or Reserve

Explore the VA resources you and your family may be eligible for.

Locate VA Services
Near You

Ready to connect with VA support? Locate services near you.

Warrior Training Advancement Course

The Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC) is an education and training opportunity created in partnership with the Department of Defense for Wounded Warriors and transitioning service members. Participants complete 10-12 weeks of training while serving in the military.

WARTAC graduates have the opportunity to interview for VA jobs across the country.

Watch the overview video on the right to learn more or contact your local Career Service Program coordinator.

Military to Civilian Transition 2018 Report

Every year, approximately 200,000 men and women leave U.S. military service and return to life as civilians, a process known as the military to civilian transition.

This report provides an overview of the military to civilian transition through the lens of historical transition support, current transition assistance services and programs, and the key drivers shaping the near future of the transition assistance process.

Cover Image of the Military to Civilian Transition Report