UPDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSITION GOALS, PLANS, SUCCEED

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REF/A/TITLE 38 U.S.C/11JUL11//
REF/B/EXECUTIVE ORDER 13518/9NOV11//
REF/C/DOC/USD (P&R)/21NOV12//
REF/D/DOC/OPNAV/9MAR07//
REF/E/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/092023ZNOV12//
REF/F/OSD/31OCT12//

NARR/REF A IS THE VOW TO HIRE HEROES ACT (VOW ACT) OF 2011 MANDATING 
PARTICIPATION IN TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR ALL PERSONNEL.  REF B IS 
EXECUTIVE ORDER 13518 OF 9 NOVEMBER 2011 THAT REQUIRED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A 
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE (VEI).
REF C IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) DIRECTIVE-TYPE MEMORANDUM
(DTM) 12-007 DIRECTING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE VOW ACT AND VEI.  REF D IS 
OPNAVINST  1900.2B, TRANSITION ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.
REF E IS TRANSITION GOALS, PLANS, SUCCEED (GPS) NAVADMIN 334/12.
REF F IS DOD MEMO OF 31 OCTOBER 2012, ACCOUNTABILITY DATA COLLECTION AND 
SUBMISSION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, 
ESTABLISHING TAP REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.//

RMKS/1.  THIS IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF NAVADMINS REGARDING THE CHANGES IN 
THE TRANSITION GOALS, PLANS, SUCCEED (GPS) PROGRAM.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES 
THE UPDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) AS 
MANDATED BY LAW.

2.  REFS A AND B ARE INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OF 
SEPARATING SERVICE MEMBERS AND ENHANCE THEIR TRANSITION PROCESS.  REF C 
MANDATES ALL SERVICE MEMBERS SEPARATING AFTER SERVING 180 DAYS OR MORE OF 
ACTIVE DUTY MUST PARTICIPATE IN A TAP THAT INCLUDES PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING, 
THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP, AND VETERAN'S BENEFITS 
BRIEFING.

3.  PER REF C, THE FOLLOWING SERVICE MEMBERS MAY BE EXEMPT FROM ATTENDING THE 
DOL WORKSHOP PORTION ONLY (PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING AND VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) 
BENEFITS BRIEF REQUIRED FOR ALL
PERSONNEL):
    A.  SERVICE MEMBERS RETIRING WITH 20 OR MORE YEARS OF ACTIVE FEDERAL 
SERVICE.
    B.  MEMBERS OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT WHO ARE BEING DEMOBILIZED OR 
DEACTIVATED AFTER SERVING 180 CONTINUOUS DAYS OR MORE ON ACTIVE DUTY, IF THEY 
MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
        (1) BE ABLE TO CONFIRM EMPLOYMENT,
        (2) PROVIDE DOCUMENTED ACCEPTANCE INTO AN ACCREDITED TECHNICAL 
TRAINING, UNDERGRADUATE, OR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM,
        (3) HAVE PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED THE DOL EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP (TAP 
WORKSHOP).
    C.  MEMBERS WHO MEET EXEMPTION REQUIREMENTS AND WAIVE DOL WORKSHOP 
ATTENDENCE, SHALL SELF-CERTIFY EXEMPTION STATUS ON DD FORM 2958, INDIVIDUAL 
TRANSITION PLAN CHECKLIST.
    D.  SERVICE MEMBERS WITH SPECIALIZED SKILLS, WHO DUE TO UNAVOIDABLE 
CIRCUMSTANCES, ARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT A UNIT ON ORDERS TO DEPLOY WITHIN 60 
DAYS.  THE FIRST COMMANDER IN THE SERVICE MEMBER'S CHAIN OF COMMAND (CO, OIC) 
MUST CERTIFY ON THE MEMBER'S DD FORM 2958 ANY SUCH REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION FROM 
THE DOL EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP.  A MAKE-UP PLAN MUST ACCOMPANY THE POSTPONEMENT 
CERTIFICATION.

4.  ADVERSE SEPARATIONS.  PER REF C, THE CHARACTERIZATION OF A MEMBER'S 
SERVICE DOES NOT REMOVE ELIGIBILITY FOR ATTENDING CORE COMPONENTS OF TAP.  
SERVICE MEMBERS WHO ARE BEING ADMINISTRATIVELY SEPARATED (ADSEP) UNDER 
HONORABLE, GENERAL OR OTHER THAN HONORABLE CONDITIONS ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM TAP 
PARTICIPATION.  IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT TRANSITION GPS QUOTAS BE 
OBTAINED AS SOON AS ADSEP PROCESSING IS INITIATED WHERE POSSIBLE.

5.  INDIVIDUAL TRANSITION PLAN (ITP) AND ITP CHECKLIST, DD FORM 2958.
    A.  THE ITP IS BASED ON A STANDARD DOD TEMPLATE AND IS THE KEY DOCUMENT TO 
NAVIGATE THE TRANSITION GPS CURRICULUM.
    B.  COMPLETION OF DD 2958 IS BASED ON SERVICE MEMBERS' ABILITY TO MEET OR 
TECHNICAL TRAINING OBJECTIVES PRIOR TO SEPARATION.  IT COINCIDES WITH THE ITP 
AND CERTIFIES ACHIEVEMENT OF CAREER READINESS STANDARDS (CRS).  THIS CHECKLIST 
MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO SERVICE MEMBER'S SEPARATION, CERTIFIED BY 
TRANSITION COUNSELOR, APPROVED BY SERVICE MEMBER'S COMMANDER OR DESIGNATED 
REPRESENTATIVE AND FILED IN MEMBER'S SERVICE RECORD.  THE FORM IS AVAILABLE AT 
HTTPS:
//WWW.DTIC.MIL/WHS/DIRECTIVES/INFOMGT/FORMS/EFORMS/DD2958.PDF.

6.  CAREER READINESS STANDARDS.  THE ITP AND TRANSITION GPS CURRICULUM ARE 
BASED ON SET CAREER READINESS STANDARDS, A COMPLETE LIST OF CRS IS AVAILABLE 
ON THE NPC WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.PUBLIC.NAVY.MIL/BUPERS-
NPC/CAREER/TRANSITION/PAGES/TAP.ASPX


7.  CAPSTONE EVENT.  A CAPSTONE EVENT WILL BE CONDUCTED USING THE DD FORM 2958 
TO VERIFY SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR ITP AND MET APPLICABLE CAREER 
READINESS STANDARDS AS FOLLOWS:
    A.  PREFERRED METHOD IS TO ATTEND A CAPSTONE EVENT CONDUCTED BY TAP 
COUNSELORS AT NAVY TRANSITION SITES IN SMALL GROUP (LESS THAN 25) SEMINARS (2-
4 HOURS).  FOR SMALL SITES AND REMOTE SAILORS, THIS MAY BE DONE INDIVIDUALLY 
OR BY TELEPHONE.
    B.  FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND A TRANSITION SITE CAPSTONE EVENT DUE TO 
OPERATIONAL COMMITMENT AND THOSE EXEMPTED FROM THE DOL EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP, A 
LOCAL INDIVIDUAL CAPSTONE WITH A TRANSITION COUNSELOR (COMMAND CAREER 
COUNSELOR OR DESIGNATED REP) WILL BE CONDUCTED TO VERIFY THAT MANDATORY 
ELEMENTS ON THE DD FORM 2958 ARE COMPLETE.
    C.  THE CAPSTONE EVENT WILL BE MANDATORY FOR THOSE SEPARATING AFTER 1 
JANUARY 2014.

8.  REF E PROVIDED PRE-REQUISITES FOR ATTENDING TRANSITION GPS.
BASED ON PRIVACY CONCERNS AND ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE FROM OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF 
DEFENSE (OSD), MEMBERS SHOULD REPORT TO TRANSITION GPS WITH THE FOLLOWING PRE-
REQUISITES:
    A.  COMPLETED DD 2648 OR DD 2648-1,
    B.  VA E-BENEFITS REGISTRATION INFORMATION (DOD SELF-SERVICE
LOGON) LOCATED AT HTTPS://WWW.EBENEFITS.VA.GOV/EBENEFITS-
PORTAL/EBENEFITS.PORTAL
(ALL LOWERCASE),
    C.  ITP TEMPLATE WITH BLOCK 1 INITIATED.

9.  IN ADDITION, IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED THEY ALSO BRING TO TRANSITION QQQQ GPS 
FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL USE:
    A.  COPY OF CAREER INTEREST ASSESSMENT FROM OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION 
NETWORK (ONET) INTEREST PROFILER LOCATED AT WWW.MYNEXTMOVE.ORG/VETS.
    B.  COPY OF VMET LOCATED AT HTTPS://WWW.DMDC.OSD.MIL/APPJ/VMET/
INDEX.JSP (ALL LOWERCASE),
    C.  COPY OF MOST RECENT LEAVE AND EARNINGS STATEMENT,
    D.  COPY OF EVALS/FITREPS,
    E.  SMART TRANSCRIPT AND TRAINING RECORD,
    F.  A COPY OF CREDIT REPORT FOR PERSONAL USE.

10.  REPORTING:
    A.  PER REF F, COMMAND TRANSITION/CAREER COUNSELORS WILL USE THE DEFENSE 
MANPOWER DATA CENTER'S (DMDC) WEB BASED TAP APPLICATION  ONLINE TOOL, 
AVAILABLE AT WWW.DMDC.OSD.MIL/TAP (ALL LOWERCASE).  TO CONDUCT AND DOCUMENT 
PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING FOR ACTIVE COMPONENT SERVICE MEMBERS AND PRE-
SEPARATION COUNSELING FOR RESERVE COMPONENT SERVICE MEMBERS RELEASED FROM 
ACTIVE DUTY.
    B.  FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTERS WILL ENTER VA BRIEFING AND DOL 
ATTENDANCE DATA INTO DMDC WEB BASED APPLICATION, AVAILABLE AT 
HTTPS://WWW.DMDC.OSD.MIL/TACL (ALL LOWERCASE) NOT LATER THAN 5 DAYS AFTER THE 
END OF EACH MONTH.
    C.  COMMAND TRANSITION/CAREER COUNSELORS SHALL UTILIZE CAREER INFORMATION 
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CIMS) CAREER DECISION SECTION, AVAILABLE AT 
HTTPS://NSIPS.NMCI.NAVY.MIL/NSIPSCLO/JSP/INDEX.JSP (ALL LOWERCASE) TO ENTER 
AND TRACK TAP COMPLETION DATA.  ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ARE STILL 
BEING DETERMINED BY OSD.

11.  NON-COMPLIANCE REPORTING.  FOR PERSONNEL WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE TAP AS 
DIRECTED:
    A.  THE COMMANDER OR DESIGNEE VERIFIES THAT THE MEMBER DID NOT MEET CAREER 
READINESS STANDARDS IN THE VERIFICATION SECTION (BLOCK 33) OF DD FORM 2958.
    B.  COMMAND CAREER COUNSELORS WILL DOCUMENT THE SAME IN THE APPROPRIATE 
FIELD IN THE CIMS CAREER DECISION SECTION.

12.  DEPLOYMENT PLANNING.  IT IS THE COMMANDER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE 
SEPARATING SERVICE MEMBERS COMPLETE TAP AND MEET THEIR CAREER READINESS 
STANDARDS.  PRO-ACTIVE PLANNING WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENSURE MEMBERS ATTEND 
TRANSITION GPS BEFORE DEPLOYMENT, OR ARE RELEASED FROM DEPLOYMENT EARLY ENOUGH 
TO ATTEND PRIOR TO SEPARATION.
IT IS NOT THE TRANSIENT PERSONNEL UNIT'S OR THE PERSONNEL SUPPORT DETACHMENT'S 
RESPONSIBILITY TO SECURE A QUOTA FOR TRANSITION GPS, THAT RESPONSIBILITY 
REMAINS WITH THE PARENT COMMAND.

13.  THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO HOLD PERSONNEL PAST THEIR END OF ACTIVE 
OBLIGATED SERVICE TO ATTEND TRANSITION GPS.  PERSONNEL MAY ATTEND TRANSITION 
GPS UP TO 90 DAYS AFTER SEPARATING FROM ACTIVE DUTY, IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE, 
AND IN A NON-PAY STATUS.

14.  TRANSITION GPS VERSUS LEGACY TAP WORKSHOPS.  FOR PURPOSES OF MEETING 
OBJECTIVES OF VOW ACT AND TRANSITION GPS, ATTENDANCE AT LEGACY TAP WORKSHOPS 
SUFFICE FOR MEETING THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS.

15.  FOR GENERAL POLICY QUESTIONS CONTACT MR. PERRY CHRISTIANSEN, OPNAV N135, 
AT (901) 874-4372 OR VIA E-MAIL AT PERRY.CHRISTIANSEN (AT)NAVY.MIL,OR MR. TOM 
ALBERT AT (901) 874-4254 OR VIA E-MAIL AT TOM.ALBERT(AT)NAVY.MIL.  FOR 
SPECIFIC EXECUTION QUESTIONS, CONTACT MS. RISE RUHL, CNIC N91, AT (202) 433-
6763/DSN 288 OR VIA E-MAIL AT RISE.RUHL1(AT)NAVY.MIL.

16.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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