Processing out of the armed forces can be a daunting situation for anyone, no matter their rank or time in service. With the Transition Goals, Plans and Success class (T-GPS) offered to separating Sailors and Marines, this process is made simple and explained by counselors to help guide each service member into their post military lives.
The T-GPS is the Transition Assistance Program's (TAP) outcome-based, modular curriculum with standardized learning objectives. It transforms the way the military prepares service members transitioning to civilian life to pursue their post-service career goals. The T-GPS includes a core curriculum and individually chosen modules on education, career technical training, and entrepreneurship. It is designed to build skills and allow service members to depart "career ready" and meet mandatory Career Readiness Standards (CRS), regardless of their branch of service.
In 2013, TAP was redesigned into a cohesive, modular, outcome-based program that bolsters and standardizes the opportunities, services, and training that service members receive to better prepare them to pursue their post-military career goals. The success of the redesigned TAP is evaluated in multiple ways:
- Participant Assessment - After completing portions of the T-GPS curriculum, service members and spouses can participate in assessments in order to provide feedback on the program.
- Military Installation Site Visits - On-site reviews are conducted to review curriculum delivery and the TAP processes with service members and commanders.
- Outcome-oriented performance measures - The DoD collaborates with multiple agencies to track a variety of measures indicating career readiness, educational outcomes, and employment outcomes for service members and veterans.
Although the five-day T-GPS class is mandatory for all separating and retiring Sailors, it is not currently held in Singapore. Service members are sent to the nearest location to attend the class. For Navy Region Singapore, this is Yokosuka, Japan at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Because T-GPS is considered official duty, service members are not required to take leave to attend.
The T-GPS is made up of four parts – Pre-separation Counseling, a Five-Day Workshop, Career Tracks and Capstone – all of which will provide you with information about post-military benefits, certification & training resources, financial planning and job search techniques. For U.S. military service members serving in Singapore, the process is implemented by holding the pre-separation counseling before departing to attend the five-day workshop. The career tracks portion is held during the class and the capstone meeting follows after class on the final day.
The T-GPS is available not only for active duty service members, but also demobilizing National Guard and Reserve component service members as well who have been activated for 180 continuous days or more. These members will participate in T-GPS and demonstrate career readiness during the Capstone event. However, some portions of T- GPS may be waived if certain conditions are met; such as if the service member is returning to guaranteed employment.
Spouses are also invited to attend T-GPS as they are eligible for certain types of counseling. These include job placement counseling, information on survivor benefits available under the laws administered by the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veterans Affairs, as well as counseling on the effect of career change on the individuals and families and information on suicide prevention resources following the service member’s separation from the armed forces. Spouses are also eligible for financial planning assistance, and assistance in creating a transition plan to achieve their educational, training, employment, and financial objectives. They can also receive training on home loan services and housing assistance benefits available under the laws of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and counseling on responsible borrowing practices.
For more information on T-GPS and it’s fundamentals on transitioning to civilian life, visit https://www.dodtap.mil/resources.html.