Soldier for Life
The Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program Center, in Building 4600 at the corner of Strom Thurmond Boulevard and Lee Road, assists active-duty, reserve and National Guard Soldiers, DOD civilians and their family members in transitioning from military to civilian life.
The SFL-TAP Center conducts congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling up to 24 months before retirement for retirees and up to 12 months prior to separation for all others. Family members are encouraged to participate in this process. The pre-separation counseling is conducted on a walk-in basis 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and is an automated process. Preregistration can be arranged and training scheduled in advance by calling 803-751-4109.
The pre-separation counseling provides information to the client about all available transition services, and the SFL-TAP Center makes referrals based upon the client’s needs and desires.
After receiving pre-separation counseling, clients are scheduled for congressionally mandated training requirements, including a transition assistance workshop sponsored by the Department of Labor. The three-day workshop consists of instruction in resume writing, translating military experience into civilian terminology, marketing and networking skills, dressing for success, preparing for job interviews, job offers and salary negotiation, and other job-search skills.
The SFL-TAP Center has a job announcement resource book and a reference library. It assists clients in obtaining DD Form 2586, Verification of Military Experience and Training, and associated documents.
The SFL-TAP Center has an automated self-service resume writer. The resume writer has two built-in formats for resumes, a built-in cover letter and thank-you letter format, and word processing.
The SFL Center also provides the following services and information:
• SFL job listing database: a computer network containing hundreds of jobs acquired through local SFL-TAP centers and dispersed around the globe to other centers.
• Internet and social media access: giving clients access to various websites, both federal and private industry.
• A practice interview module: giving clients the ability to practice interview skills and to bounce their answers off already provided answers commensurate with their rank or position.
• A scheduling module: that enables clients to make their own appointments.
All services provided by the SFL-TAP Center are free. The facility is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, contact the SFL-TAP Center at 803-751-4109/4104 or www.sfl-tap.army.mil.