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Assistance Available to Help Transitioning Service Members, Families 

The Defense Department's Military-Civilian Transition Office is responsible for designing, overseeing and evaluating DOD transition and reintegration programs, which are available to all eligible military members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families. 

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Sunlit Silhouette
With the Military Spouse Career Accelerator Pilot program, military families are getting help from the Defense Department to connect spouses with prospective employers.
Photo By: Marine Corps Cpl. Alex Fairchild
VIRIN: 220406-M-AF005-1804U

Taking care of people is a top priority for DOD, said Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. He noted that service members received a 4.6% pay raise this year—the largest in two decades. The department is also working to make child care more affordable, make moves easier, help military spouses pursue their own careers and assist service members with transitioning out of the military.  

Three key programs are available through the Military-Civilian Transition Office.  

Transition Assistance Program  

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Spouse Employment
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership, launched in June 2011, is a targeted recruitment and employment solution that provides companies with direct access to military spouses seeking career opportunities, and spouses with direct access to employers who are actively committed to recruiting military spouses.
Photo By: DOD
VIRIN: 190716-D-HG842-0006C

The Transition Assistance Program, also known as TAP, provides individual initial counseling, pre-separation counseling, and a self-assessment for service members prior to 365 days of their separation, or 24 months prior to retirement. Within 365 days of transition, members also receive additional mandated touchpoints to include:  

  • Labor Department information on employment fundamentals.  
  • Information on Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services.  
  • Financial planning for transition.  
  • Military occupational specialty counseling for equivalent civilian jobs.  
  • Resiliency for managing transition. 
  • Four 2-day elected tracks based on a member's post-transition goals – education, employment, vocational career credentials or entrepreneurship.  

For more information on TAP, visit and  

DOD SkillBridge  

The SkillBridge Program bridges industry on-the-job training, apprenticeships or internship opportunities with employer partners during the last 180 days of service, connecting service members with real-world civilian work experience and employment opportunities before their transition to civilian life.    

For more information on SkillBridge opportunities, programs, or organizations, visit  

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Matching Muscles
Illustration of a parent holding a child on their shoulders and both of them show off their muscles on top of a mountain with the sun setting in the background.
Photo By: Courtesy photo
VIRIN: 240122-A-D0439-100

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program  

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program promotes the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members and their families by connecting them with local resources through YRRP events and activities.  

For more information on upcoming YRRP events in your local area, visit  

Follow the DoD Military-Civilian Office on LinkedIn for weekly highlights showcasing available resources and key program updates.  

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