Fort Carson Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program

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Ft Carson Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program


THE FORT CARSON SOLDIER FOR LIFE – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is a congressionally mandated program designed to help prepare Soldiers and their Family members for their transition out of the Army and back into civilian life. This assistance focuses on, but is not limited to, seeking employment, seeking an education, entrepreneurship or technical training.

SFL-TAP was established in 1991 as the Army Career and Alumni Program. According to the National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 102-510 (1995), as amended by Public Law 107-103 (2001), all transitioning Service members with 180 days or more active-duty must attend a pre-separation briefing at least 90 days prior to separation. In December 2011, the Army published Army EXORD 054-12 In Support of Army Transition setting new standards and timelines for transition services based on Public Law 112-56, also known as the “Vow to Hire Heroes Act” or “VOW Act” of 2011. The EXORD introduced a new deadline for each Soldier to begin the transition process (not later than 12 months out), new training requirements, time standards for their completion, limitation of class size and IT requirements. These new standards became effective Nov. 21, 2012, the effective date of the law. The EXORD made commanders responsible for ensuring their transitioning Soldiers begin the process on time with the preseparation briefing and complete all the other new requirements during that time. By the EXORD, commanders are responsible for ensuring their Soldiers begin transition more than 12 months from their separation date and complete all Career Readiness Standards in a timely manner.

VOW Career Readiness Standards 1 and 2:

  1. Pre-separation Counseling (DD 2648) (Standard: NLT 12 months out).
  2. Individual Transition Plan (ITP) (Standard:NLT 12 months out).

    VOW CRS 3-7: (completed during the VOW/TAP Workshops):

  3. 12-month Budget (Standard: NLT nine months out).
  4. Military Occupational Code (MOC) Crosswalk: (Standard: NLT nine months out).
  5. DOL Employment Workshop (Standard: NLT nine months out).
  6. VA Benefits Briefing I (Standard: NLT nine months out).
  7. VA Benefits II (Standard: NLT six months out).

Transition University (TU): All VOW Act mandates are fulfilled upon completion of TU. Attendees are encouraged to attend any or all of the electives offered to gain additional expertise in a number of areas identified as critical for a successful transition. The electives include Advanced Resume, Federal Resume, Social Media, Re-branding, Troops to Teachers, Parent to Parent and a Mentorship Panel.

Two-Day VOW GPS Tracks. Soldiers who plan to attend a university, receive technical training or start a business may sign up for one of the three two-day VOW GPS Tracks: Accessing Higher Education, the Veteran as an Entrepreneur and Technical Track Training.

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