Commanders throughout the Military District of Washington have been directed to ensure that separating and transitioning Soldiers connect with education and employment resource opportunities provided by the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program 12 to 18 months before they leave the Army. Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker says 70 percent of separating and transitioning Soldiers "fail to arrive at SFL-TAP [in accordance with] Army Directive 2014-18, Career Readiness Standards. Leaders must now set the conditions which enable Soldiers to begin the transition process earlier (12-18 months)." The general directs that Soldiers must complete a three-hour, pre-separation counseling session documented on DD Form 2648, Preparation Counseling Checklist, and 2648-1, TAP Checklist, no later than 12 to 18 months prior to leaving service or 24 months if retiring.
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