Transition Assistance & Employment Services

In addition to the military departments, the Transition Assistance Program is the result of an interagency partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Education (ED), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

More information:

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
The DOL conducts a one-day employment overview. Their contribution to the curriculum also includes the DOL Employment Track and the DOL Vocational Track. After transition, DOL's local American Jobe Centers (AJC), located across the nation continue to assist veterans in meeting their employment goals through a range of services including job placement, career counseling, and occupational training.

Nearly 2,400 AJCs nationwide help people search for jobs, find training, and answer other employment-related questions. Find your local AJC at:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The VA contribution to the DOD TAP curriculum includes the VA Benefits and Services briefing which provides counseling and preparation for selecting quality technical schools and fields. After separation, the VA continues to provide educational and vocational counseling to service members.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
OPM provides service members with an overview of Federal employment, the careers offered within the Federal government and a linkage to the kinds of occupations and competencies transitioning service members and veterans have.


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA's "Boots to Business" is the Entrepreneurship Track that helps service members understand the dynamics involved in developing and sustaining a business. SBA's support for veteran entrepreneurs continues after TAP, providing veterans with counseling and training services, access to capital, and preparing them to compete for government contracts.

U.S. Department of Education (ED)
The ED promotes the success of TAP for service members and their families by communicating available information and expertise regarding college access, success, and affordability, financial aid and programs specifically sponsored or overseen by ED for the benefit of Service members.

Navy Transition Assistance Support (TAP)
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) prepare eligible Service members and their families to face the many challenges of transitioning from active duty back to civilian life. TAP enables Service members to fulfill the requirements of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2012 and meet their Career Readiness Standards (CRS) as mandated by the TAP for Military Personnel Department of Defense Instruction 1332.35.

DoD SkillBridge Program
The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for transitioning Service member to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeship, or internship during the last 180 days of service. 


Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC)
To further explore all programs and services available or to register for upcoming training, contact your local FFSC.

Virginia Career Works (VCW)
Virginia Career Works (VCW) is comprised of eight agencies that collaborate on Virginia’s workforce to assist job seekers in finding jobs, employers in recruiting Virginia’s talent, and policymakers in locating the information they need to make solid decisions, and also operates as an American Job Center (AJC).

VCW - Find a Career Center:
VCW - Job Seeker Services:

Virginia Workforce Job Search

To receive the most use from the attached job listings it is highly recommended that job seekers, students, and transitioning military service members you work with register on the Virginia Workforce Connection website at the following link.

Click the following link for a list of free labor market information publications/products provided by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Job seekers/clients looking for work can record the job order number of the job they are interested in to call/email the nearest Virginia Career Works (VCW) Centers/American Job Centers (AJC) to get additional information about applying for the positions (highly recommended). The following link will take you to the Virginia Workforce Connection where you can register and search for the job by its job order number to get further information about the job, and an in-depth job description.

The VWC website developer, Geographic Solutions has developed a series of interactive videos to help job seekers navigate and use the Virginia Workforce Connection. Go to the VWC Connection home page, then click on the job seeker find a job blue tab. On the next page go down the left side to the very bottom of the page in the other services blue box, click on the learning center link, observe the general and individual courses that are available. See the attached Virginia Workforce Connection learning center page for course descriptions. 

Most VCW centers hold virtual recruitment/hiring events. Click on the following link for VEC sponsored hiring events.

Contact Information:

Virginia Career Works Easter Shore Center:
Email -
Phone - 757-302-2029

Virginia Career Works Eastern Shore Community College:
Phone - 757-789-7979

Virginia Career Works Hampton Center:
Address - 600 Butler Farm Road Suite B, Hampton, VA 23666
Email -
Phone - 757-865-5800

Virginia Career Works Franklin Center:
Address - 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851
Phone - 757-569-6070

Virginia Career Works Norfolk Center:
Address - 861 Glenrock Road, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23502
Email -
Phone - 757-629-4702

Virginia Career Works Portsmouth Center:
Address - 4824 George Washington Highway, Portsmouth, VA 23702
Email -
Phone - 757-558-4455

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)
Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training and job placement assistance through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). 

Virginia Workforce Connection

Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center (HRVEC)
The Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center (HRVEC) provides a unified community process that advances employment opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and military Spouses. 

Virginia Department of Veteran Services
Education, Transition & Employment (

USO Transitions Program
The USO transition program connects service members and military spouses employment, education, financial readiness, veterans’ benefits, housing, legal, family strength and wellness, and volunteerism resources. USO Scouts can support service members and military spouses up to 12 months prior to transition and extend that support for up to 12 months beyond their date of separation from the military through personalized, one-on-one support.   Military spouses may receive support at any point in their military journey.

Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO)
The Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program provides education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide.  


Virginia Workforce Connection Hampton Roads Jobs

To apply write down the Job Order you are interested in and
report to/email the closest VCW Center/VEC Rep

Fleet & Family Support Centers

Virginia Career Works

Virginia Employment Commision

Hampton Roads Veterans Employment

Virginia Department of Veterans Services

USO Pathfinder Transitions

Military One Source