Maryland has become the 34th state to waive the skills test for veterans and service members applying for a commercial driver’s license, the latest success in a federal effort to remove hurdles to separating veterans finding civilian employment.
“This initiative is extremely important for the Department of Defense,” Frank DiGiovanni, director of training, readiness and strategy in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness, said during a Monday news conference hosted by Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), along with other federal and state officials. “It sets a great benchmark and will greatly assist our veterans as they plan for their future.”
The number of states waiving the driver skills test is expected to continue to rise.
DOD, along with other federal agencies, is working with national credentialing agencies and states to streamline the process for veterans to obtain state certificates and licenses, reported the American Forces Press Service. The Pentagon created the Credentialing and Licensing Task Force to help service members gain industry-recognized, nationally portable credentials to increase their competitiveness in the private sector after leaving the military.
“Our veterans bring a tremendous amount of skill, passion, and character to our workforce and to our state. That’s why we must continue to do everything within our power to help them find quality jobs and get them access to the care and services they’ve earned,” Lt. Governor Anthony Brown said according to a written statement.