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Pre-separation counseling is a mandatory prerequisite to attending TAP GPS. Pre-separation is required by Law for all service members. Service members begin the final TAP process between 12 and 24 months but no later than 90 days prior to separation. The process starts with a review and completion of the "Pre-Separation/Transition Counseling and Career Readiness Standards eForm", which provides an overview of the programs and services available during their transition.
The following steps shall be taken by the separating or retiring Coast Guard Members for Pre-separation Counseling: