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Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program
Directorate of Human Resources
Army Continuing Education Services (ACES) Division

Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Our Mission:
To assist Soldiers, their Families, and DA Civilians with simple, timely, effective, and positive transitions, promoting long-term satisfaction and association with the Army through Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) and Career Readiness Standards (CRS) compliance.

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The SFL-TAP Program, formally the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), is the Army's Transition Program responsible for providing SMs with the counseling, employment and education workshops, and seminars required to achieve the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) and Career Readiness Standards (CRS) mandated compliance.  This is a key initiative based on the Service Member Lifecycle (SLC), which carries SMs from initial enlistment through separation or retirement.  

The SLC promotes lifelong learning, individual development and transition-related requirements throughout a SM's military career. The Transition SLC further demonstrates the Army's commitment to supporting SMs in all stages of their military career and beyond.   

The overarching mission of SFL-TAP is to prepare and connect SMs to ensure the greatest opportunities for successful personal and career achievement upon transition from active duty and to create lifelong ambassadors of military service.


All SMs completing 180 days of continuous Active Duty service and not in training status are required to meet VOW/CRS compliance.  Eligible SMs will begin receiving transition counseling and employment assistance 18 months prior to transitioning from Active Duty or 24 months prior to retirement.  Eligible Family members may participate in SFL-TAP services as soon as their SM is registered with SFL-TAP.

SMs going through MEB/IDES proceedings for medical separation or retirement and those SMs being administratively separated from military service must begin the transition process at the earliest available opportunity.

Active duty SMs and their eligible Family members may participate in SFL-TAP services up to 180 days following their release from active duty. If retiring, SFL-TAP services are available on a space available basis for life.

The program has counselors and staff world-wide located on most Army installations. Visit the SFL-TAP homepage at https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil/.  The SFL-TAP Virtual Center is available by visiting

https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil/pages/virtual/default.aspx or by calling 1-800-325-4715.

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) / Career Readiness Standards (CRS)

SMs must meet VOW/CRS compliance prior to the transition date on the DD 214. The final quality control for meeting CRS is "Capstone," which must be completed NLT 90 days prior to separation.  Requirements are as follows:

    1. 1. Pre-separation Counseling (initialize DD Form 2648 (eForm))
    2. 2. VA Benefits Briefings I & II
    3. 3. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment Workshop - Receive DOL Gold Card
    4. 4. Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
    5. 5. VA eBenefits registration
    6. 6. 12-month post-separation budget
    7. 7. MOS Crosswalk - Gap Analysis
    8. 8. Complete job application package OR received job offer letter o Private or Federal resume and references o Two submitted job applications
    9. 9. Documented continued Military Service opportunity (Active Component only)
    10. 10. Complete individual assessment tool
    11. 11. Capstone exercise with DD Form 2648 (eForm)
    12. 12.Career Tracks (Accessing Higher Education, Vocational/Technical, Entrepreneurship)

    IAW SM's ITP


SMs on FLW will call (573) 596-0175 to make appointments to start the process. Remotely stationed SMs can register on the SFL-TAP Online Homepage at https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil, accessing the SFL-TAP Virtual Center at: https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil/virtual/pages/virtual/default.aspx, or visiting the FLW SFL-TAP Center, Building 470, room 2219.  SMs who are deployed or are remotely located from an SFL-TAP center can use the SFL-TAP website or can coordinate to receive support from their State ARNG, USAR Regional Support Commands, or their unit S1/G1/J1.

SFL-TAP Points of Contact

Email: usarmy.leonardwood.imcom-central.mx.sfl-tap@mail.mil

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