The Transition Assistance Program has been designed to provide services and benefits to separating and retiring military members and their family members and DOD civilians to facilitate making a smooth and successful transition from the military lifestyle to the civilian world by offering information and assistance with:

Transition Planning
Dealing with the stress of transition
Employment assistance & career planning
Education planning
Health & Life Insurance
Financial planning
Affiliation with the Guard/Reserves
VA Benefits and advisement & the filing of disability claims

Some of the job search skills development workshops are:

Career Transition Workshop - A three-day workshop designed to acquaint you with the entire job search process from self-evaluation and networking for job leads to resume writing and job interviewing. Human resource professionals will also explain the hiring process from their perspective.

How to Write Effective Resumes & Cover Letters - Learn how to relate military experience, training and security clearances to the targeted job using language an employer can understand and a resume format that showcases your qualifications. How to write attention-getting cover letters will also be discussed.

Acing the Interview - Learn how to present your very best self in the job interview by knowing what to expect, how to prepare, how to successfully close and how to follow up. You will also have the opportunity to practice your interviewing skills with a guest human resources professional.

Negotiating the Best Salary & Benefits Package - Designed to help you negotiate the very best compensation package by demonstrating your value to the employer. Learn how to prepare for the "money" question including when to discuss salary.

Getting a Job With the Federal Government - Learn about the federal hiring process, how to access job opportunities and how to prepare your application package. Also learn about special veteran hiring authorities.

How to "Work" a Job Fair - Tips on what to expect, how to prepare, and how to make a positive impression.

Starting Your Own Business - Seminar is held at the Small Business Administration's Business Information Center in Washington, DC. SBA staff discuss the many services provided to entrepreneurs including assisting with business plan development, obtaining financing, legal & accounting issues, etc. Learn about special programs for veterans, women & minorities. Round-trip transportation provided from FSC.

Getting a Job With the U.S. Postal Service - Information about the variety of career opportunities, the application process, and special consideration for veterans.

Franchising: Your Next Career Alternative - Discover the many franchises available to veterans at discounted prices. Also learn the advantages and disadvantages of franchising.

JETS -  Job Fairs held quarterly and sponsored by the military bases in the greater DC metro area Military Job Fairs sponsored by a variety of organizations such as the state Job Service, Competitive Edge Services (Corporate Gray), MOAA and NCOA.

Employer Recruiting Days
- Individual agency/company recruiting sessions.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - a personality assessment used to identify and clarify your preferred ways of behaving and responding in certain situations. Helpful in career planning and decision making.

Campbell Interest & Skill Survey - integrates personality characteristics with work activities and environment preferences and suggests career areas to explore. Used in conjunction with the MBTI in career planning and decision making.

Finding the Job You Really Love - is a full-day workshop where participants identify their interests, values, skills and then use this new self-awareness in making career choices and conducting job search campaigns.

- Web-based, interactive, self-paced career exploration tool allows individuals to explore various occupations and education options.

Preseparation Counseling (DD Form 2648) - Mandatory for all transitioning military members to attend not later than 90 days prior to separation/retirement. Provides overview of all services, benefits and resources available to military members and their family members. Group briefings held once a week; one-on-one sessions may be scheduled by appointment.

VA Benefits - Learn about VA benefits and specifically how to file a disability claim. Offered monthly as part of Veterans' Benefits Day.

DTAP - Information about the VA's vocational rehabilitation program for those who require career retraining due to their service-connected conditions. Offered as part of the monthly Veterans' Benefits Day.

Survivor Benefit Plan - explained by an SBP counselor to help you make a well-informed decision upon retirement. Offered monthly.

TRICARE - Tricare program options presented by a representative from Malcolm Grow Medical Center to help you choose the plan that's best for you and your family. Offered monthly.

(Last updated February, 2010)