• Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support, Army Enlisted Chief Testifies

    Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support, Army Enlisted Chief Testifies0

    The Army needs to improve its efforts to ensure soldiers in the National Guard and Reserve have access to quality-of-life services, particularly mental health care, Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey told lawmakers last week. The Army has expanded the availability of behavioral health teams to unprecedented levels, he said, and now there are 58 such teams embedded down to the unit level. But for reserve personnel, that’s not enough, Daily said during a hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee. “We can do more,” Daily said, reported the Army News Service. “And where you can help us is getting that help out to the National Guard and Reserves. They are dispersed throughout the U.S. …

  • Army Embraces Credentialing to Provide Soldiers a Boost during Transition0

    Participation in the Army credentialing program has continued to grow over the past several years, helping soldiers leverage their training and experience for licenses and certifications that will ease their transition into civilian careers. In an effort to boost the employment options for separating personnel, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command has begun linking credentialing opportunities to every military occupational specialty in the service, reported Army Times. In 2014, about 20,000 soldiers earned credentials in 65 specialties …

  • State Credentialing Requirements Continue to Vex Veterans0

    Separating service members continue to face significant barriers to gaining civilian credentials for skills they mastered during their military service, witnesses told a House subcommittee last week. The problem stems from the dizzying array of state requirements and training programs veterans must satisfy, reported Military Times. “This situation creates an artificial barrier to employment for veterans,” Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, told the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee …

  • Veterans Still Face Hurdles when Entering the Civilian Workforce0

    Service members entering the civilian world continue to face challenges obtaining licenses and certifications for skills they used during their service. Combat medics, for example, typically will not qualify for basic health care jobs despite being highly trained. At a two-day American Legion conference last week, leaders from business and government looked for ways to smooth the transition for personnel seeking to enter the civilian workforce. Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the government has overhauled DOD’s job readiness program for service members leaving the military over the past two years, but said “unnecessary licensing barriers” still exist …

  • Pentagon Initiative Smooths Service Members’ Path into Civilian Careers0

    A DOD initiative is making it easier for separating service members to obtain civilian credentials in a range of fields so they can quickly enter the civilian workforce. So far, the department has implemented pilot credentialing programs in seven major professions — truck driving, medical, supply, automotive mechanics, aircraft mechanics, information technology and manufacturing. In fields in which military training nearly matches private sector requirements, such as welding, service members can step right into a civilian job with only a little bit of gap training, said Frank DiGiovanni, the department’s director of force readiness and training …

  • N.J. Governor Signs Bills Easing the Way for Veterans to Obtain Professional Licenses0

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed two bills this week intended to make it easier for veterans to re-enter the civilian job market by granting them credit for experience gained in the military. One bill permits the state to waive the skill test requirement for obtaining a commercial driver’s license for veterans who have experience operating commercial vehicles in the military. The waiver would not apply to applicants seeking a license to drive a school bus or a commercial bus that transports more than 16 passengers …