Starting next month 36,000 soldiers at Fort Hood will be able to participate in a pilot program offering civilian credential and licensing certification programs in 28 occupations. Soldiers will be eligible to receive up to $4,000 a year toward certifications in fitness, food service, human resources, information technology, logistics, management, manufacturing, medical, trade and transportation, reports Stars and Stripes.
The initiative is intended to ease the transition process for separating service members. “This is one of the most important things we can do for soldiers and families in terms of employment,” Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey said during a press conference Tuesday outside the post’s main gate.
The program is being rolled out at Fort Hood because of the “phenomenal record” of its education center, the availability of personnel in a range of occupations, and partnerships within the community and nearby Central Texas College. The set of occupations included in the pilot were selected because of job availability in Texas and the ability to complete their requirements within the one-year test period, according to the story. About 40 percent of soldiers at the installation are expected to take advantage of the credential assistance program.
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