You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Summit to discuss civilian credentials for vets

Feb. 13, 2012 - 01:51PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 13, 2012 - 01:51PM  |  
  • Filed Under

The American Legion is bringing together industry, trade unions and military training officials next week for a three-day summit on cutting red tape to help separating service members translate military-learned skills into immediate post-service jobs.

The federal government, including the armed services, has launched dozens of pilot programs aimed at making it easier for people who learned a marketable skill in the military to get a civilian license or credentials.

This has not been an easy process, said Steve Gonzalez, assistant director of the Legion's national economic division.

Military training often differs from private-sector training in fields such as emergency medicine, where someone who knows how to save a life on a battlefield may find his training does not automatically translate into the skills needed to work for a local ambulance service.

On the federal side, the Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs departments are working under various congressional mandates to come up with ways to ease the transition for separating service members. State and industry initiatives also are ongoing, Gonzalez said.

There are so many ongoing experiments and changes in law that is hard to get a sense of what's working, Gonzalez said. For a separating veteran, it also is hard to understand what rule might apply; there are significant differences from state to state, and among different specialties.

Next week's credentials summit in Washington, co-sponsored by the Legion and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is designed to help leaders get a better grasp on the efforts underway, whether they could work in more than one state and whether there are some military skills better suited to immediate civilian credentials that would help a large number of veterans find work, Gonzales said.

The Legion's goal is to produce a post-summit plan of action for use in narrowing the number of credentialing programs and, if required, to get Congress to grant new authorities.

"Progress is being made in some states," Gonzales said. "We need to look at what is working and whether this can be a cross-state program."

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Army Times

This Week's Army Times

CrossFit vs. unit PT
Troops will do the training plans in a $2.5 million study

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook