The Department of Defense (DoD) has implemented an extensive array of services and benefits designed to equip separating service members with the basic job-hunting skills, tools, and self-confidence necessary to secure successful employment in the civilian workforce. The programs described below were developed through the efforts of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the military Services and, in certain instances, the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Labor (DoL).
- Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) Document. The VMET document, DD Form 2586, is provided to all eligible departing service members and assists them in verifying previous experiences and training to potential employers, writing their resumes, interviewing for jobs, negotiating credits at schools, and obtaining certificates or licenses. The VMET is available online.
- Public and Community Services (PACS). All separating service members are encouraged to consider public and community service jobs upon leaving the military. Members retiring under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) were required to register in the PACS Personnel Registry. The PACS organizational register is included in the Transition Bulletin Board (TBB).
- Veterans Counselors Overseas. DoD, with the support of VA, provides veterans services and counseling to separating service members in the European and Pacific Theaters, and to separating service members stationed at Guantanamo Bay.
- TurboTAP. DoD, with the assistance of DoL and VA, designed a dynamic automated web-based system to compliment and improve existing transition services. TurboTAP provides standardized Transition Assistance Program (TAP) information, creates an external communication link between TAP customers and service providers, and enhances the military to civilian experience. It also provides direct access to DoD publications for separating and retiring service members.
Transition services are available to all service members (and their family members) who are retiring or separating from active duty military service.
TAP is available on major military installations. Transition Assistance Offices are typically located at the Family Service Center for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, and at Army Career and Alumni Program Centers.