Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet



The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is the Army's Transition Program responsible for providing Service members with the counseling, employment and education workshops, and seminars required to achieve the law and policy Career Readiness Standards (CRS) mandated compliance. SFL-TAP has undergone a re-engineering in order to "prepare" and "connect" Service members to ensure the greatest opportunities for successful personal and career achievement upon transition from active duty.



All Soldiers completing 180 days of continuous Active Duty service are required to meet CRS compliance. Eligible Soldiers will begin receiving transition counseling and employment assistance 12-18 months prior to transitioning from Active Duty or 24 months prior to retirement.

If retiring, SFL-TAP services can be initiated by the Soldier and eligible Family members up to 2 years prior to retirement date and thereafter on a space available basis for life.

CRS Requirements: All Soldiers must meet CRS compliance prior to the transition date on their DD Form 214. The final quality control for meeting CRS is "Capstone" and the requirements are as follows:

  1. * Pre-separation Counseling (DD Form 2648/-1)
  2. * VA Benefits Briefings I & II
  3. * Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Workshop (**only exemption)-Receive DOL Gold Card
  4. Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
  5. VA eBenefits registration
  6. 12-month post-separation budget
  7. MOS Crosswalk-Gap Analysis
  8. Complete job application package OR received job offer letter
    • Private or Federal resume and references
    • Two submitted job applications
  9. Documented continued Military Service opportunity (AC only)
  10. Complete individual assessment tool
  11. Capstone with DD Form 2958
  12. Career Tracks (Accessing Higher Education, Vocational/Technical, Entrepreneurship) IAW Soldier's ITP
    • Accessing Higher Education / Vocational/Technical Training; requirements are:
      • Assessment to identify aptitudes interests, strengths, and skills
      • Comparison of academic or training institution choice
      • College, university, or technical training application or acceptance letter
      • Confirmation of one-on-one counseling with a college, university, or technical institution advisor or counselor
    • Entrepreneurship Track

* Statutory mandates; remainder are policy required mandates; ** Only eligible exemption

Benefit Highlights:

The program has counselors and staff world-wide located on most Army installations. The SFL-TAP Virtual Center is available by visiting 24-hour/7-days a week, or by contacting 1-800-325-4715.

DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty

This form is required to determine eligibility for VA programs and for many benefits offered by Federal and State agencies. The original DD Form 214 must be kept safe and certified copies are recommended.

If the original is lost or misplaced, a replacement can be obtained by writing to the National Personnel Records Center or by log-on to:

Additional Information:

For more information about the Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP), visit:

Document Review Date: 11 October 2016