SFL-TAP Eligibility

Candidates are transitioning Service Members, National Guard, Reserve and Family Members.  This website provides the opportunity to apply directly to open positions through the site.


Basic eligibility for SFL - TAP services begins when transitioners are within eighteen months of separation or two years of retirement. Transition leave and/or permissive TDY may be added to the basic eligibility period. Service members pending "involuntary separation actions" for any reason, including potential medical separation, are eligible and encouraged to begin using SFL - TAP and transition services as soon as separation is anticipated. Alumni, their family members, and other service veterans may use SFL - TAP services for 180 days after separation. Retirees may use SFL - TAP services for life, on a space available basis.

Transitioners who are in the SFL - TAP Center Area of Responsibility and who wish to receive services at JBLM, may contact the Regional Outreach Team at (253) 967-3258 for assistance in setting up their SFL - TAP training schedule. JBLM provides services to Service Members who work in Washington State but not at JBLM, or who are located in any of 14 surrounding states where their parent commands agree to send them to JBLM on orders. If your unit will not provide orders, call the regional team and we will tell you how to get started with SFL - TAP on the internet.

The JBLM SFL - TAP Center is responsible for providing transition assistance to Remote transitioners in the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones who are assigned more than 50 miles from an existing SFL - TAP Center

The Pre-separation Brief is the first step for Transitioning Service Members. This is a congressionally mandated requirement that gives an overview of entitlements, benefits and available services.

Service Members must complete the DD Form 2648 as soon as possible within their eligibility window which is now 24 months for retirees and 12 months for personnel separating. This document is required for out-processing and a copy will be included in the Service Members' personnel file upon separation.

You may call or come in to the SFL-TAP Center to register and schedule the pre-separation. The preferred method is to register and complete your pre-separation online. Please click the below link for additional information on completing the pre-separation briefing online.

Here are the easy steps needed to complete your pre-separation on-line.