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Airman & Family Readiness Center. Pre-Separation (Pre-Sep) & Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Pre-Sep Introduction. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is primarily driven by public law and Department of Defense (DoD) policy. Four federal agencies partner to deliver TAP

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    1. Airman & Family Readiness Center Pre-Separation (Pre-Sep)&Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

    2. Pre-Sep Introduction • The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is primarily driven by public law and Department of Defense (DoD) policy. • Four federal agencies partner to deliver TAP • DoL: Employment-focused TAP Workshop • VA: Veterans Benefits, Voc-Rehab, DTAP • DoD: Pre-Separation (Pre-Sep) counseling – THIS • DHS: Services for USCG • Pre-Sep is mandatory for military members • First service rendered: YOUR beginning point and roadmap to transition in to civilian life Do it competently and you will be well on your way to a successful transition

    3. DD2648, Section IOverview • Individual Transition Plan (ITP): A record of services and benefits requested by and provided to all service members. Used to develop your ITP by identifying areas of interest • Title 10, USC 1142: Requires DD Form 2648 be completed NLT 90 days prior to retirement or separation. • TAP CD: Consolidated digital copy of many Pre-Sep resources, links, forms, and documents – including these slides

    4. DD2648, Section II Items 1 – 9a • Item 1-5: Self Explanatory • Item 5a: Refer to Section III (second paragraph) for clear text • Item 6a-c: Enter “MacDill”, “FL”, “33621” • Item 7: If unknown, enter a date at least 90 days from today • Item 8: Today’s date • Item 8a: Enter X only if date in Item 7 is less than 90 days • If 8a is X’d: Continue to Page 5, Item 27 and X the appropriate reason you are attending PRESEP less than 90 days. • Item 9: “Yes” if your spouse is with you; “No” if your spouse is not with you; “N/A” if you do not have a spouse

    5. DD2648, Section IIIItems (1) – (5) • Item (1): Marking Items 10-25 YES or NO • YES means you (and your spouse if applicable) desire further information and/or counseling for that item. Items marked YES will be part of your ITP for you to follow-up on. • NO means you (and your spouse if applicable) DO NOT require additional information or the information is not applicable. • If left blank, it is assumed to be “No” • Item (2): Self Explanatory • Item (3): Exempt from normal duty during attendance of TAP Workshop if “Yes” checked on Item 11a • Item (4): Exempt from normal duty during VA Briefing if “Yes” checked on Item 19 • Item (5): Exempt from normal duty during DTAP if “Yes” checked for Item 20

    6. “NOTE” • We are not an expert on Personnel, Education, Legal, Veterans Benefits, or Health Benefits. Changes in law, policy and procedures in those areas are constantly occurring. • During the briefing you will be provided the contact information to the experts in those key areas. Ensure you have them before you leave.

    7. DD2648, Section IVItem 10 - Effects of a Career Change • Effects • Stress: Not an attitude, trait or personal characteristic…it’s a physical response to the situation. I • If ignored, can lead to conflict, mental or physical illness • Loss of identity: no more rank, title, or uniform • Indicators • Fatigue • Sleeping & Eating patterns • Irritable/Angry • Distant from Other • Alcohol increase

    8. DD2648, Section IVItem 10 - Effects of a Career Change (cont.) • Coping Techniques • Attitude Check: Opportunity to Grow • Have a PLAN – Develop and Use your ITP / Don’t Procrastinate • Assessments • Identify your Industry / Occupation • Research your Occupation • Hobbies, Physical Activity, Family • Routines • Resources • Interest Profiler: www.mynextmove.org or www.onetcenter.org/tools.html • Chaplain, MFLC, VA, Education Center, Family, Clinics • AFRC: (828-2721) • 24/7 access: www.militaryonesource.com (800-342-9647)

    9. DD2648, Section IVItem 11a – TransitionWorkshop What is it? • Congressionally Mandated (VOW to Hire Heroes Act) • Transition Goals, Planning, Success (GPS) • Assist in making transition to civilian life easier • Enhance marketability and strengthen job finding • Spouses encouraged to attend • Mandatory 5-Day Workshop for ALL Sep / Ret Personnel • Day 1: (AFRC) - Overview / Crosswalk / Personal Finance • Day 2: (DoL) - Change Management / Career Exploration / Job Search • Day 3: (DoL) - Resumes / Interviewing / Negotiating • Day 4: (DoL/VA) - Employers Panel / VA Benefits / DTAP • Day 5: TriCare / Education Center / SBP / Federal Contractor / ITP Review

    10. DD2648, Section IVItem 11a – TransitionWorkshop (cont.) • Must mark YES (unless exempt – see below for exemptions • Retiring after 20 + years of military service • Reserve Component Personnel being demobilized / deactivated after serving 180 continuous days - with the one of the following: • Confirmed employment • Documented acceptance into an accredited school / training • Confirmed completion of previously attended DOL Workshop • Commander’s waiver: Members possessing specialized skills who, due to unavoidable circumstances, are needed to support a unit on orders to be deployed within 60 days. • Wounded, ill and injured recovering Service Member; most likely to transition out of active duty who are enrolled in specialized or transition programs. • All exempt service members may still elect to attend Workshop

    11. DD2648, Section IVItem 11a – TransitionWorkshop (cont.) • Required Dress: Business Casual civilian clothing • Men: Slacks, dress shoes, button up or polo-style shirt • Women: Slacks or skirt, blouse or dress shirt, dress shoes • NO jeans, tennis shoes, flip-flops, baseball caps, shorts, T-shirts • Failure to show up in appropriate attire will cause removal • Bring your wifi enabled laptop / tablet (fully charged) • Required Documents: See TAP Workshop Letter • Registration Form: complete now • AFRC stand-alone classes (www.macdillfrc.com) (828-2721) • Resume • Interview and Salary Negotiating • Job Search Strategies & Marketing • Ten Steps to a Federal Job • ITP – Individual Transition Plan

    12. DD2648, Section IVITP – Individual Transition Plan (BLOCK I) • Open up ITP from TAP CD – Complete Items in Block I • 3 Military Occupation Codes (MOS / AFSC) • Review Career Readiness Standards • Career Readiness • Employment Readiness • Education Readiness • Technical Training Readiness • Section I A: Individual and Family Needs • Section I B: Benefits and Entitlements • Section I C: Getting Financially Ready • 12 Month budget - on TAP CD • Bring to TAP Workshop – remainder will be completed there

    13. Transition Workshop Look Ahead • 3 Additional Tracks after 5 Day Workshop (2013) • Education • Entrepreneurship (SBA) • Technical / Vocational Education (VA) • Capstone Event: ITP Completion and Signatures (2013)

    14. DD2648, Section IVItem 11b – VMET • DD Form 2586 VMET - Verification of Military Experience and Training • Useful in translating to civilian terms and building resume • Unofficial document • Required Document for TAP Workshop • Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) • 1-800-727-3677 • https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/vmet/

    15. DD2648, Section IVItem 11c – ONET (Civ to Mil Occupations) • O*NET: Primary source of occupational info • www.onetcenter.org • www.mynextmove.org/vets/ • Career Exploration Tools • Crosswalk (military to civilian occupations) • Labor Market Information • Occupational Research • Occupation Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Additional DoD Job Search Resources: • Conduct job search, post resume, employers can search for applicants. • https://hwh.jobs and www.military.com/careers

    16. DD2648, Section IVItem 11c(1) – Licensing / Certification • Many military specialties require certifications or licensing to perform equivalent civilian job • IT, Medical, Aviation, Mechanics, Truck Driver, etc. • Military may not provide what is needed in civilian equivalent • What is your preferred occupation? Does it require a license or certification? • Utilize existing benefits and resources to fill gaps • www.turboTAP.org • www.dantes.doded.mil • www.online.onetcenter.org • www.acinet.org/acinet/default.asp • www.dol.gov/vets/programs/licert/main.htm • www.helmetstohardhats.org • www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/certifications.asp

    17. DD2648, Section IVItem 11c(1)(a) – CareerOneStop • Explore credentialing requirements • Workforce credentials include various methods used in the workplace to measure on-the-job competency, such as educational degrees, licenses, certifications, and experience • www.careeronestop.org/EducationTraining/KeepLearning/GetCredentials.aspx

    18. DD2648, Section IVItem 11c(1)(b) – Army Credentialing • COOL: Credentialing Opportunities On-Line • Civilian certifications / licenses based on MOS • Shows what is relevant to MOS • How to gain certifications / licenses • Explore financial assistance • https://www.cool.army.mil • Base Education Office: 828-3115

    19. DD2648, Section IVItem 11c(1)(c) – USMAPS • USMAPS: US Military Apprenticeship Program • Marines, Coast Guard, Navy • Complete apprenticeship elements while doing AD job • Certificate of Completion issued by DOL • No off-duty investment of hours • https://usmap.cnet.navy.mil • Base Education Office: 828-3115

    20. DD2648, Section IVItem 11c(1)(d) – DANTES • DANTES: Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support • Several programs to utilize • Certification Programs • Counselor Support Programs • Distance Learning Programs • Tuition Assistance Programs • Examination Programs • CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) • SOC (Service member Opportunity College) • www.dantes.doded.mil • Base Education Office: 828-3115

    21. DD2648, Section IVItem 11c(1)(e) – Navy Credentialing • COOL: Credentialing Opportunities On-Line • ID Licenses and Certifications relevant to military ratings • Learn how to fill training gaps • Explore financial assistance • https://www.cool.navy.mil • Base Education Office: 828-3115

    22. DD2648, Section IVItem 11d – TurboTAP • Comprehensive portal for separation & retirement related issues • Assistance and links for • Money Management • Veteran benefits • Education and Training, • Transitioning Support for your ITP • www.turboTap.org

    23. DD2648, Section IVItem 11d(1) – Employment Hub (TurboTAP) • Helps translate military skills and experience • Help build resumes • Job search • Interview tips • Links job seekers with job search websites • www.turboTap.org/portal/transition/resources/Employment_Hub

    24. DD2648, Section IVItem 11d(2) – Hire Vets First • Currently Obsolete

    25. DD2648, Section IVItem 11d(3) – State Job Boards • Each state has its own unique job board • Post Resumes, Apply to Jobs, Review Postings • Employers can search for resumes • Register and Connect with Vet Rep (DVOP/LVER) • www.careeronestop.org/jobsearch/cos_jobsites.aspx Additional Job Resources: www.employflorida.com(Florida State Job Board) www.macdillafrc.com(Employment Assistance) www.acp-usa.org (America Corporate Partners - Mentoring)

    26. DD2648, Section IVItem 11d(4) – REALifelines • REALifelines (Recovery & Employment Assistance Lifelines) • For Wounded and Injured as result of War on Terrorism • Provides valuable information and access to contacts and resources to help reintegrate into civilian workforce • Available for family members of wounded or injured • 1-888-487-2365 • www.dol.gov/vets/REALifelines

    27. DD2648, Section IVItem 11e – PACS Opportunities • PACS: Public and Community Service Opportunities • Utilize training and skills to serve at national, state, or local levels • Consider working for non-profit, public and community service organizations • Volunteer time can be used in resume • Occupy gaps between employment • www.nationalservice.gov • www.serve.gov

    28. DD2648, Section IVItem 11f – Troops to Teachers • Careers in public education • Program Eligibility • Baccalaureate or advanced degree (elementary or secondary education) • Minimum 1 year of college (or equivalent) with 6 years of experience in vocation or technical field (voc / tech education at secondary level) • 6 years or more continuous active duty • Reservist: 10+ years of active and/or reserve duty • Honorable discharge • www.proudtoserveagain.com • www.dantes.doded.mil • Base Education Center (828-3115) • 1-800-231-6242

    29. DD2648, Section IVItem 11g(1)-(2) – Federal Employment • DoD is nation’s largest veteran employer • Unique application process • AFRC: 10 Steps to a Federal Job Workshop • Advantages: VEOA (Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act) • Under Honorable Conditions • Completed 3 years of continuous AD service • Given a career or career conditional in competitive service • Seek out merit promotion announcements open to outside agencies • Must still be qualified • www.usajobs.gov: Central Posting for all Federal Jobs • www.military.com/spouse: Specific to Spouses • www.fedshirevets.gov: Additional location

    30. DD2648, Section IVItem 11g(3) – Veterans’ Preference • Discharged or released under honorable conditions • 5-Point Preference (no disability) (TP) • Served more than 180 consecutive days ORServed during any war or expedition with authorized campaign badge • AND served continuously for 24 months or full period called to AD • Retired Major or Lieutenant Commander and above are NOT eligible • 10-Point Preference (disability under 10%-30%) (CP) • Service-connected disability of at least 10% but less than 30% • 10-Point Preference 30% (disability over 30%) (CPS) • Service-connected disability of at least 30% or more • Additional Spouse Preferences • www.fedhiresvets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

    31. DD2648, Section IVItem 11g(4) – Federal Procurement • Veteran-owned or Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small business in federal government contract awards – goal 3% • Must register in Central Contractor Registration (www.ccr.gov) • Must have been discharged / released under Honorable Conditions • Opportunities for veterans as subcontractors for federal contracts • References • Contractor Job Announcements: www.fbo.gov • Subcontracting Directory: www.gsa.gov/subdirectory • Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov • TAP Workshop CD

    32. DD2648, Section IVItem 11g(5) – Special Hiring Authorities • Non-Competitive appointment under special authority • Agency can directly appoint eligible & qualifiedvet without competition • VRA (Veterans Recruitment Appointment) • Up to GS-11 / Must meet qualifications • After 2 years of continuous service in permanent VRA position, can convert to career / career conditional in competitive service • Disabled veteran • Served during war, campaign, or expedition with awarded badge • Received Armed Forces Service Medal • Separated within past 3 years • 30% or More Disabled Veteran • No grade limit • If TERM: Can convert to career conditional after 60 days • www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx

    33. DD2648, Section IVItem 11h – NAF Jobs • Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) • Eligible Involuntary Separatees • Administrative separation initiated from Commander which results in honorable discharge • Separation Program Designator (SPD) on DD 214 • (Block 26 / narrative in block 28): confers eligibility for this preference – see Personnel Office • May receive a one-time preference for NAF Jobs • NAF jobs are found on military installations, at DOT and VA • Local NAF: 828-2911 • National Site: www.nafjobs.org/viewjobs.aspx

    34. DD2648, Section IVItem 11i – State Employment Agencies • State Employment Agencies / One-Stop Centers • DVOP: Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist • LVER: Local Veterans’ Employment Representative • Veterans access to Core and Intensive services • Assessments and Case Management • Career Guidance • Resume Assistance • Labor Market Information • Job referrals and placement assistance • Career research • Employment Development Plan • Overcoming Barriers to Employment • www.servicelocator.org

    35. DD2648, Section IVItem 11i(1) – Career One-Stop Centers • Provide full range of assistance to job seekers • Conveniently located in community • Federal, State, and local programs and funding • Additional services • Labor Market Information (www.acinet.org ) • Youth Programs • Vocational Rehabilitation • Job Services and classes • Unemployment (usually online) • ESOL, English as a Second Language • GED, Training/OJT (WIA), educational programs • Resource Center: access to computers, career fairs • Professional Network group • www.careeronestop.org

    36. DD2648, Section IVItem 11i(2) – WIA • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) • Post military training opportunities • State-funded local training programs • Approved trainers targeting specific occupations • Contact One-Stop Center / LVER-DVOP • www.careeronestop.org • www.servicelocator.org • www.myskillsmyfuture.org Increase the occupational skill attainment and thereby increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants

    37. DD2648, Section IVItem 11j – Business and Entrepreneurship • Veterans seeking additional career choices • Small Business Owner (Franchise) • Entrepreneur • Be your own boss • Continue to challenge yourself • Federal, state, and local level support • Do your research! • www.sba.gov

    38. DD2648, Section IVItem 11j(1) – SBA & Patriot Express Loan • SBA - Small Business Administration • Offers full range of entrepreneurial support for veterans • Established loans and Surety Bonding programs • SCORE (Service Corp or Retired Executives): national association dedicated to helping small business owners • Financial and federal contract procurement assistance • The Patriot Express Loan • Designed to support and assist in establishing or expanding veterans’ small businesses • Veteran must be at least 51% owner • Loans available up to $500.000. Used for startup, expansion, equipment, working capital, inventory, or real-state • www.sba.gov

    39. DD2648, Section IVItem 11j(2) – Business Development Corp • National Veteran’s Business Development Corp. • Assist veterans in small businesses • Utilizes public and private money • 2001 congressionally mandated program to achieve compliance with the 3% goal of procurement for disabled veterans • www.veteranscorp.org

    40. DD2648, Section IVItem 11k – USERRA (Reservists / Guard) • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act • Returning service-members are reemployed in job they would have attained if not for absence based on military service • For active duty, guard and reserves • Basic eligibility includes: • Character of discharge • Initial obligation/duration of service • Advance notice and timely reapplication • Time frames • Less than 31 days: must return at beginning of next scheduled work period • More than 30 days/less than 181: apply for reemployment within 14 day of separation • More than 180 days: submit within 90 days of separation • www.dol.gov/vetshttp://esgr.org

    41. DD2648, Section IVItem 11l – Priority of Service (PoS) • Dept of Labor established requirement to provide veterans (and eligible spouses) PoS in all servicesand programs funded by DoL • PoS Definition of Veteran: person who served at least 1 day on active military, naval, or air service and who received under other than dishonorable discharge • Veterans and Spouses are given priority over other non-covered persons for receipt of employment, training, and placement services for any DoL funded program • One-Stop Centers • www.servicelocator.com

    42. DD2648, Section IVItem 12(a) – Permissive TDY/Excess Leave • Provides time to help with Relocation and Transition • May request PTDY or Excess Leave, but not both • Permissive TDY (PTDY) / Excess Leave • Separatees: under normal ETS / not eligible for PTDY • Retirees: up to 20 days PTDY / not eligible for excess leave • Excess leave: not to exceed 30 days • May include weekends and holidays • May be taken in conjunction with regular leave or terminal leave • SPD Code that confers transition benefits • Discharged for medical reasons may be eligible upon receipt of separation order

    43. DD2648, Section IVItem 12(a) – Leave Continued • Terminal Leave. Terminal leave is chargeableleave used in conjunction with separation or retirement processing when a member desires to be absent on the last day of active duty. A member often uses this leave to accept employment that starts before his or her date of separation or retirement • All leaves are subject to mission requirements and unit commander approval. • Personnel Office / Commander

    44. DD2648, Section IVItem 12(b) – Travel & Transportation • Separating members: authorized travel and transportation allowances from last duty station to Home of Record (HOR) • HOR – place entered AD • Must complete travel and or turn over HHG within 180 days • Extensions are possible (prior to 180 days) • Storage up to 180 days • If less than 8 years or being discharged under adverse conditions, eligible to request shipment of HHG and a 6-months storage of HHG and home of record move. • Retiring members: authorized travel and transportation allowances from the last duty station to Home of Selection (HOS) or HOR • HOS – any destination in CONUS • Must complete travel and move within one year of retirement • Extensions are possible (done prior to 1 year) • Storage up to 1 year

    45. DD2648, Section IVItem 12(b) – Travel & Transportation (Cont.) • Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is not authorized • In some circumstances, you may be able to extend your stay in military housing for up to 180 days after separation. These extensions are allowed for individuals who are eligible involuntary separatees, or a Selected Early Retirement Board (SERB) retiree. Be aware that you will have to pay a rental rate and housing is available on a space permitting basis • Contact Transportation Office (828-2600) for counseling • www.defensetravel.osd.mil • www.militaryonesource.com • www.move.mil/home.htm

    46. DD2648, Section IVItem 13 – Housing Assistance • Military housing / rental property • Arrange for pre-inspection and cleaning • Notify landlord as soon as possible, • Housing Office can assist with landlord problems separation • HUD (Housing and Urban Development) • Avoiding foreclosure • Financing home improvements • Buying and selling a home • HUDVET: Homeless assistance for veterans • http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD • Homeless Care Line: 1-877-424-3838 • HUDVET: 1-800-998-9999

    47. DD2648, Section IVItem 14(a) – Education Assistance • Montgomery GI Bill (Ch 30) - on AD after Jul 1,1985 • Must have elected to participate ($100/month for 12 months) • Involuntary Separatees who did not participate may have option to get • Must have Honorable Discharge and GED • Up to 36 months of education benefits • Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch 33) - on AD after Sep 11, 2001 • 90 days AD or discharged with service-connected disability after 30 days • Must have received Honorable Discharge • Pays school based on highest in-state tuition • Yellow Ribbon • Housing Stipend: at E5 rate / only if over 50% attendance • Up to 36 months of education benefits / good for up to 15 years • Must transfer chapter 30 to 33 – not automatic (via VONAPP) • Transfer to family must be done prior to release from AD • www.gibill.va.gov or https://gibill.custhelp.com • 1-888-442-4551 or Education Center (828-3115)

    48. DD2648, Section IVItem 14(a) – Education Assistance (Cont) • Download your transcript and have the education office assist you in reviewing the credit possibilities • SMART - Sailor and Marine American Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript (www.acenet.edu) orhttps://smart.navy.mil • AARTS - Army American Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript Service (https://aartstranscript.army.mil) • CCAF - Community College of the Air Force (www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf) • Education Center (828-3115)

    49. DD2648, Section IVItem 14(b) – Federal Aid Programs • Federally funded or federally guaranteed financialassistance for education beyond HS • Includes grants, loans, and work-study programs • Veteran education benefits can still be used in conjunction with Federal Aid • Veterans Upward Bound Program: helps refresh academic skills - www.navub.org • Base Education Office: 828-3115 • www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov • www.fafsa.ed.gov • www.dantes.doded.mil

    50. DD2648, Section IVItem 14(c) – Other Education Programs • Base Education Center (828-3115) • Professional Counselors • College-level testing • Military Education • Veteran’s benefits • Tuition Assistance • Distance learning • Student Veterans of America • Coalition of student veteran groups on college campuses • Provides peer-to-peer networks • Pre-Professional Networking • www.nelnetsolutions.com/dod • www.studentveterans.org