Military Support - Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP Workshops Transition GPS is a five-day mandatory DOD workshop for retiring or separating military members making the transition to the civilian sector. The workshop provides instruction on skills identification, resume preparation, interview techniques, and veterans' entitlements. Uniform of the day is required. Spouses are welcome to attend as space permits.

Classes are Monday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Transition GPS 5-Day Workshops are available for Executives (E-9, CWO4/5, O-5 and above), retirees and separatees. Contact your command career counselor for a QUOTA, your Transition GPS class location, and workshop PREREQUISITES to attend Transition GPS.

For additional information please call 757-444-3522/6089 or Fax 757-444-6095

Assessing Higher Education
This two-day workshop is geared towards transitioning service members who plan to pursue higher education. The courses are designed to assist participants in developing educational goals and to assist with the admission process. Course curriculum includes instruction on identifying information related to federal financial aid; Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), online resources to assist in college and program selection; information on Veteran support clubs/organizations at certain institutions; college progression and associated costs; and best practices on adult and virtual learning.

Career Planning
Whether you are looking for a job or information on career planning, learning through self-assessment will enhance your chances in finding satisfying employment. In this three-hour workshop, you will be guided through career choices based on life goals, personal skills, abilities, preferences, and work values. 

Career Technical Training
This two-day career track is designed for transitioning service members interested in a technical trade or vocational field.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilitates this program to assist participants in defining technical career goals, identifying required credentials (licenses and certifications), finding technical training opportunities, and utilizing VA education benefits. Upon completion of this course participants should be able to select a technical school and determine licensure requirements for their desired occupational trade. 

Boots 2 Business (Entrepreneurship)
This two-day track called “Boots to Business” is training provided by Small Business Administration (SBA) Partners, which may include Small Business Development Centers, Service Corps of Retired Executives, Veterans Business Outreach Centers, and Women Business Centers to focus on feasibility analysis for business planning for transitioning service members interested in self-employment.  Participants will walk away with a completed feasibility study of their own business concept that will serve as the basis for launching a new venture and for future business planning efforts.

Effective Resume Writing
These days, only a top-notch resume will get you an interview. Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and experience with an impressive resume. This single-session workshop also includes tips on translating military terminology.

The Federal Employment System
In this single-session workshop, gain the advantage in your job search with the federal government by learning how to find vacancies and job listings, complete the application process, and how to understand standard qualifications and testing requirements. 

Interview Techniques
Want to feel more confident at your next job interview? This single-session workshop teaches you how! Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, and the importance of body language and positive attitude. Interview follow-up and salary negotiations are also discussed.

Job Network
Job Network is a monthly, one-hour employer panel comprised of three human resource personnel. Ask local and national employers what they like to see on resumes and how to prepare for interviews. Find out about open positions, their application process, and what benefits are available. Transitioners,
separatees, and military family members are invited to attend.

Job Search Strategies
Learn more about the crucial steps in the job search process. This single-session workshop covers everything from assessing the hidden job market to finding a job long-distance, including job searching on the Internet. Many of the resources and services available to job seekers are also discussed, including major employers in the Hampton Roads area and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).               Link to Job Search Strategies Class Schedule

VA Disability Benefits Review
This day-long workshop sponsored by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and FFSC is for service members who are within 60 days to six months of retirement or separation. Class participants will learn how to review service medical records; identify medical conditions that may lead to a compensable disability rating; request vocational rehabilitation benefits and training; and complete their application for submission.

In order to accurately complete the application forms, please bring the following:

  1. Medical records (original and 1 copy)
  2. Copies of:
    1. Marriage certificate
    2. Children's birth certificates
    3. Dependents social security numbers
    4. Divorce decree or death certificate for any previous marriages
    5. Bank account and routing information.

Call your local FFSC to register for a VA Disability Benefits Review Workshop:

JEB Little Creek - Fort Story, 757-462-7563
NAS Oceana, 757-433-2912
NAVSTA Norfolk, 757-444-2102

The 21st Century CONSEP (Career Options and Navy Skills Evaluation Program)
The Standard for Career Readiness, this 16-hour course was developed to provide Navy Command Career Counselors and Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) staff the opportunity to guide first-term and mid-career Sailors through their career opportunities available in the Navy and in the civilian sector. CONSEP is Military Life Cycle (MLC) tool designed to enable Service Members to identify their skills and talents, develop long-term professional and personal goals, plan for personal financial stability, research civilian skills and qualifications, and establish long-term planning objectives. The below modules can be presented in its entirety or by individual modules by FFSC Staff or Command Career Counselors. FFSC staff can provide this training at commands upon their request.

Module 1:  Personal and Professional Assessment
Module 2:  Navy Career Options
Module 3:  VA Benefits
Module 4:  Financial Planning
Module 5:  Civilian Career Options
Module 6:  Developing a Professional Network


Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Boots 2 Business

FFSC @ NAS Oceana

Monday, December 2, 2019


Boots 2 Business

FFSC @ JEB Little Creek

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Boots 2 Business

FFSC @ NAVSTA Great Lakes