Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the Department of Defense policies that govern the Transition Assistance Program in the military.
DoD Directive 1332.35, "Transition Assistance for Military Personnel," 9 December 1993 This Directive describes responsibilities for transition assistance programs for active duty military personnel and their families and directs the services to provide separating service members and their families with the skills, tools, and self-confidence necessary to ensure successful reentry into the civilian workforce. Employment assistance is included as one of the required components of transition services.
DoD Instruction 1332.36, "Pre-separation Counseling for Military Personnel," 14 February 1994 This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for Transition Assistance Program Counselors to ensure separating service members are afforded the opportunity to receive preseparation counseling and use transition assistance programs.
Memorandum of Understanding Among Department of Labor, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Homeland Security, "Transition Assistance Program and Disabled Transition Assistance Program," 19 September 2006 This MOU recommits the Department of Labor, DoD, and Department of Veterans Affairs to providing all manner of transition assistance and adds the Department of Homeland Security as an MOU member. It also provides guidance for implementing the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) in accordance with the current MOU.