transition assistance program logoThe Veterans Opportunity to Work and Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (VOW Act) requires service members separating from the military to attend the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The VOW Act also required the U.S. Department of Labor to redesign its employment workshop, the largest component of the TAP curriculum, to be more applicable to the realities of today's job market. VETS fulfills this requirement for the Department of Labor and manages the implementation of the employment workshop at hundreds of military installations worldwide for thousands of separating service members.

For information on registering for the in-person TAP workshop, click below:

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense launched a TAP virtual curriculum through their Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) learning management system. This TAP virtual curriculum is designed to provide service members who are unable to attend the TAP in-person due to military exigencies with the ability to fulfill their TAP obligations. The full, virtual TAP curriculum is available to veterans and spouses of service members through the Joint Knowledge Online system.

Access the TAP Virtual Curriculum

Participation Guides

Department of Labor Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition (EFCT) (PDF)—Designed to lay the foundation of the transition from military to civilian life. The 1-day workshop provides an introduction to the essential tools and resources needed to evaluate career options, gain information for civilian employment, and understand the fundamentals of the employment process.

Department of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW) (PDF)—A comprehensive 2-day workshop that covers emerging best practices in career employment, including in-depth training to learn interview skills, build effective resumes, and use emerging technology to network and search for employment.

Vocational Training Track (DOLVT)(formerly Career Exploration and Planning Track (CEPT)) (PDF)—A track that offers a unique opportunity for participants to complete a personalized career development assessment of occupational interest and ability.  Participants will also be guided through a variety of career considerations, including labor market projections, education, apprenticeships, certifications, and licensure requirements.


Employment Fundamentals of Career Transition – 1 Day Workshop (PDF)

The Department of Labor Employment Workshop (PDF)

The DOL Vocational Training Workshop (PDF)