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Transition Retirement/Separation



Do not wait for separation or retirement orders or approvals to begin TAP classes. Begin far enough in advance to complete all courses prior to terminal leave dates.

The TAP class does not start any transactions, if you change your mind all documents are good for 2 years only. You can repeat when you decide to transition at later dates.

 For questions and concerns for any TAP class requirements and attendance problems. Please email Maria McIntosh directly at maria.mc_intosh.1@us.af.mil. Alternate TAP Manager is Bonnie Morrow bonnie.morrow.1@us.af.mil. PLEASE only email one of us if you need assistance.

You can find all materials, handouts and guides to print out under TRANSITION: Transition Handouts and Guides Page.

1st class to sign up for:  

TAP Retiree Pre-separation Briefing (Wednesdays) 0800-1200, 1st class to attend before any other TAP Classes. Mandatory for all no exemptions. Completion of DD Form 2648, Tri-care Medical Briefing and Survivor Benefits Plan Briefing.

TAP Separatee Pre-separation Briefing (Wednesdays) 1300-1600, 1st class to attend before any other TAP Classes. Mandatory for all members no exemptions. Completion of DD Form 2648. 

2nd Class to sign up for:  Bring COMPUTER LAPTOP. We can sign out laptop if need one for classes only.


TAP Transition Assistance Program GPS (5 DAY) Workshop (Monday - Friday) 0800-1630 - Mandatory for all members, Wednesday - Friday optional for Retirees over 20 years or confirmed employment letter. DRESS ATTIRE IS BUSINESS ATTIRE! INTERVIEW DRESS ON FRIDAY) BRING LAPTOP COMPUTER IF YOU HAVE ONE. You will have homework the final 3 days! This is a 5 Day workshop that will consist of Medical Records review on MONDAY (Request copy of records at least 3 weeks in advance, not required for class attendance if you can't get them), Transition Overview, Transition Resiliency, Military Occupational Crosswalk, Financial Resiliency (BRING LES), VA Benefits Briefing on Tuesday and Department of Labor Employment Wednesday thru Friday covering employment in the 21st Century, job search skills, networking, marketing yourself, negotiating salaries and much more.

TAP CAPSTONE Provided on Tuesdays from 1330-1530. Must be 150 to 90 days or less for short notice members from separation or retirement to attend for completion of TAP requirements.

TAP class attendance order:

1st Class must be the Pre-separation briefing...separating or retiring (all members; No waivers or exceptions).

Held every Wednesday (no classes on holidays)

Retirees over 20 years or medical board retired 0800-1200

Separating members with less than 20 years 1300-1500

Spouses may attend

2nd Class is the 5 Day TAP GPS or alternative (2 Day TAP Waived Workshop (Monday & Tuesday) if retiring over 20 years, or you have proof of employment letter from company). Email or bring to TAP Manager before signing up for class.

Offered 3 times a month - 0800-1630, business attire. Friday dress will be Interview attire.

Waivered members class days consist of Day 1 & 2 only. Pathways still optional.

All members must attend 5 Day TAP GPS or 2 Day waived TAP GPS Monday and Tuesday, to include retirees over 20 years or members with confirmed employment.

Spouses may attend

 3rd Class:  CAPSTONE  complete after the 5 Day TAP GPS and Pathway classes are completed when you are 150 to 90 days or less from retirement or separation date.

Pathway classes,  attend one or all of the pathways - Education, Entrepreneur or Vocational/Technical (if applicaple to your future planned agenda or path). 0800-1630, business casual attire.  Education Pathway call Education Center at 424-3444 to get preclass work, download class guide (see below) or from travisafrc.com; transition; handouts and guides.

Spouses may attend with member or without if this is their path after separation or retirement.

Offered monthly or quarterly, see TAP Workshop schedule for dates.

Materials to bring to TAP GPS 5 Day Workshop

TAP Financial Planning Worksheet Electronic Excel version

Education Pathway Guide

 Beale AFB TAP Schedule 2015

Air Force Compensation Fact Sheet

Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP) flyer 

VA Vocational Rehab Counselor:  Maralee Christofferson (510) 637-6049/6128 email:maralee.christofferson@va.gov 

DoDTAP.mil - a great website; good refresher after TAP, or for those who cannot get to TAP

Air Force vMPF Applying for Retirement - PowerPoint slide tutorial

Survivor's Benefit Plan  Air Force's SBP website, The goal of this website is to provide important, accurate information about the SBP to future military retirees, current retirees, SBP Counselors, and others interested in the SBP. 

For Army personnel, Army Career and Alumni Program - ACAP website; Army Retirement Services Office

Marine for Life website - an excellent website for any veteran.

State Benefits website -Select a state or territory for that location's Department of Veterans Affairs website and offices.

 Additional Veteran Benefit Information (This is provided for information only. Agency not supported or sponsored by this organization.)


Transition-focused publications, such as G.I. Jobs, Civilian Job News, and  Decision Times, are available FREE each month at the Airman and Family Readiness Center.  Please stop by monthly to pick up the most recent issues. 

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