In September 2011, then-President Obama established the DOD-VA Veterans’ Employment Initiative Task Force, charged with revising TAP to better meet the needs of TSMs. The centerpiece of the redesigned TAP is called Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success). Implementation of the classroom component of the new program was complete in January 2013.
The core curriculum includes the following modules: pre-separation counseling (4 hours), VA benefits (6 hours), employment workshop (24 hours), financial planning (4 hours), resilient transition (1 hour), and a crosswalk between military and civilian skills that includes a “skills gap” analysis (2 hours). TSMs are also required to develop an individual transition plan, and participate in a “capstone event.” The capstone event verifies that the TSMs meet career readiness standards and have a viable individual transition plan. Successful completion is based on achieving “career readiness standards,” not simply attendance. In addition to the core curriculum, TSMs are able to participate in optional tracks for higher education, entrepreneurship, and technical training, each of which last two days. TSMs can participate in all three optional tracks if they so desire.