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

Army National Guard: Drilling

Benefit Fact Sheet


The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is the Army's Transition Program responsible for providing Soldiers 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" Soldiers to ensure the greatest opportunities for successful personal and career achievement upon transition from active duty.

Effective 1 October 2019, all Soldiers must begin the TAP process no later than 365 days before the date of their anticipated transition from active duty. Reserve component Soldiers with more than 180 days of continuous service but less than 365 days of mobilization must complete the self-assessment and individualized initial counseling during pre-mobilization, or as soon as possible thereafter.


Army National Guard Soldiers on drill status are eligible for SFL-TAP services on a space available basis. The SFL-TAP 24-hour / 7-days a week Virtual Center is available by visiting: , or contact 1-800-325-4715.

Recommended timeline to receive maximum benefit from program:

  • 12-18 months:

    • Individualized Initial Counseling and Self-Assessment *must be done first*

    • Pre-Separation Counseling

  • 12-15 months:

    • Army Day

      • MY Transition

      • MOS Crosswalk

      • Financial Planning for Transition

  • 9-12 months:

    • DOL Employment Fundamentals

  • 7-9 months:

    • VA Benefits & Services with eBenefits Registration

  • 4-7 months:

    • Continuum of Military Service Counseling (AC Only)

  • 4-6 months:

    • Career Tracks

    • Capstone *must be done last*

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, minus three holidays a year, 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: 12 December 2019