Department of Defense Legislation

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional regulations specific to the branches of service. Below are the excerpts from federal laws that govern the Transition Assistance Program in the military.

Public Law 112-56, Subtitle B, “Improving the Transition Assistance Program," amended Title 10 United State Code §1142, "Preseparation Counseling; Transmittal of Medical Records to Department of Veterans Affairs" and §1144, "Employment Assistance, Job Training Assistance, and Other Transitional Services" in order redesign elements of the Transition Assistance Program, to contract the content delivery of several elements of the program and to require participation in several elements of the program. This law was signed Nov. 21, 2011.

Title 20 Code of Federal Regulations (CRF) Part 1010, “Priority of Service for Covered Persons: Final Rule,”  December 19, 2008 The Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service issued this final rule to implement priority of service in qualified job training programs.

Title 10 United State Code §1144, "Employment Assistance, Job Training Assistance, and Other Transitional Services," January 5, 2009 This legislation directs the secretary of labor, in conjunction with the secretary of defense, the secretary of transportation and the secretary of veterans affairs, to establish and maintain a program to furnish counseling, assist in identifying employment, and provide training opportunities; help in obtaining such employment and training; and provide other related information and services to members of the armed forces who are being separated from active duty and to the spouses of such members.

Public Law 107-103, Section 302, "Timing of Preseparation Counseling," December 27, 2001 This legislation directs preseparation counseling to begin as soon as possible during the 12 months prior to separation for service members leaving active duty and 24 months prior to retirement.