Transition Benefits: TAP Mandatory For ERB Sailors

Story Number: NNS111116-01Release Date: 11/16/2011 1:51:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Monique K. Hilley, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As the results of the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) Phase I are revealed this week, Sailors separating due to the ERB will begin their transition out of the Navy.

Due to these Sailors' unplanned separation prior to their end of active obligated service (EAOS), the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Transition Assistance Program workshop, commonly known as TAP, will be mandatory for all ERB Sailors.

"Navy leadership is ensuring that Sailors separating from the Navy, because of the ERB, have all the tools necessary for a successful transition to civilian life," said Vice Adm. M.C.Vitale, commander, Navy Installations Command. "TAP is a key component of this effort."

TAP, offered at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs) worldwide, provides information on job employment workshops, transition preparation and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits.

"Sailors transitioning out of the Navy under ERB can benefit greatly from attending a DOL TAP Employment Workshop, as well as the many workshops offered at CNIC FFSC's worldwide," said Rise Ruhl, CNIC HQ Transition Assistance Program manager. "At these workshops they will be given an invaluable tool set through knowledge gained in resume writing, interviewing skills, financial management, relocation information and education options."

All Sailors not selected for retention by the ERB should reference NAVADMIN 332/11, which highlights existing and new benefits available to all Sailors as part of the Navy's comprehensive transition support strategy.

In NAVADMIN 332/11, every leader in the chain of command is required to be actively involved in the transition process, providing guidance, time, and opportunity for their Sailors to utilize transition assistance.

In addition to command support, the three most important resources for the transitioning Sailor are the completion of a pre-separation counseling checklist (DD form 2648), the pre-separation guide that is available at, and accessing the Navy Personnel Command ERB webpage at to download the transition handbook which provides ERB and other separating Sailors a reference tool/guide for transition assistance, as well as links to other useful sites.

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Sailors and Marines man-the-rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit.
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