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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Committee Seeks to Help New Veterans Find Civilian Careers

  • June 7, 2012
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The Senate Armed Services Committee wants the Defense Department to better prepare departing service members to enter the civilian workplace or to further their education.

In its report accompanying the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, the panel encourages DOD to identify and develop methods to assess the skills and interests of departing personnel to match them with viable educational and career opportunities.

“Members should have available to them, well before separation or retirement, testing vehicles comparable in purpose to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, to align their interests and abilities with the needs of public and private sector employers and appropriate educational pursuits,” according to the report.

Younger veterans who volunteered for service out of high school may need different tools than members eligible for retirement, the lawmakers noted.

The committee approved S. 3254 last month; the bill text and committee report, S. Rept. 112-173, are available on Thomas.

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