Workshop prepares retiring, separating service members for civilian life

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The Military and Family Readiness Center here supports separating or retiring personnel as they leave military service through the Transition Assistance Program or Senior-level Transition Assistance Program.

The workshop is mandatory for members of all branches who have at least 180 continuous days or more on active duty, including National Guard and Reserve personnel. Service members of all ranks are urged to initiate the TAP process at least 15 months before separation or retirement. Military retirees interested in attending the course a second time are advised to initiate a request at least two years in advance.

“The three-day TAP workshop ensures that all service members have an understanding of the resources available to them as they transition to civilian life,” said Beth Campbell, M&FRC flight chief.

The workshops include financial counseling and resiliency discussions, explanation of veteran benefits, and a Department of Labor information session to learn how to write a resume and search for a job.

According to Campbell, an optional fourth day offers expanded insight into developing civilian resumes and accessing employment resources.

“While not mandatory, this day four-class complements the program's core objectives of equipping service members with essential post-military knowledge,” she said.

The program comprises a four-step process to facilitate a smooth transition: Individualized initial counseling; pre-separation counseling; TAP curriculum; and a capstone.

Initial and pre-separation counseling assists transitioning service members with developing an Individual Transition Plan. Pre-separation counseling also covers essential information on benefits, entitlements, and available resources, with emphasis on the involvement of caregivers and spouses.

Campbell encourages members to have their spouses attend.

“We believe in providing comprehensive support not only to our service members but also to their spouses,” she said. “Ensuring they have access to the same information allows us to address their needs and provide valuable resources tailored to their unique circumstances.”

The Hanscom AFB TAP workshop is open to service members from all branches of the military.

The M&FRC will host a Senior-level TAP June 24 through 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Support center in building 1240.

For those seeking employment after military service, LinkedIn offers eligible members of the military community one year of access to LinkedIn Premium.

To start the transition process requirements or for more info, email or call 781-225-2765.