• Air Force is Empowering Installations to Address Community Issues, Wilson Says

    Air Force is Empowering Installations to Address Community Issues, Wilson Says0

    At a meeting last week of the Air Force Civic Leader Program, Secretary Heather Wilson told participants the service is trying to delegate more authority to installation commanders to help them address local issues affecting their mission. “You can expect from us a lot more local control, a lot more authority at the wing commander

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  • Tuition Assistance Could Help Personnel Obtain Licenses, Family Council to Recommend0

    Service members should be able to use their tuition assistance benefit to cover the cost of obtaining professional licenses and technical certifications, members of the DOD Military Family Readiness Council said last week. The department should consider opening up the use of tuition assistance funding for uses beyond accredited education institutions since gaining technical certifications will be one of the primary avenues “our young men and women who are leaving the service are going to find employment in the civilian sector,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey said at the Sept. 14 meeting. Not every soldier wants to attend college …

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  • Kansas to Allow Military Spouses to Skip Bar Exam on Temporary Basis

    Kansas to Allow Military Spouses to Skip Bar Exam on Temporary Basis0

    The Kansas Supreme Court last week adopted a rule allowing attorneys living in Kansas with their spouses who are members of the military to temporarily practice law without taking the state-administered uniform bar exam. The change is intended to ease the hardship on military spouses moving to Kansas who have been admitted to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia. Eighteen states have already passed similar rules, and 13 more have proposed or are considering admission of military spouses, according to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration …

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  • Despite Gains, Military Spouses Still Face Hurdles in Transferring Professional Licenses

    Despite Gains, Military Spouses Still Face Hurdles in Transferring Professional Licenses0

    Despite significant progress nationwide to ease the requirements for military spouses to gain professional licenses or credentials needed to continue their careers after moving, the occupations covered vary by state and the process is far from standardized. “They’re not all created equal, and they don’t cover every single profession,” Katie Savant, a government relations strategist for the National Military Family Association, said of the changes states have made to benefit military spouses …

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  • Bill Would Ease Burden on Military Spouses with Professional Licenses

    Bill Would Ease Burden on Military Spouses with Professional Licenses0

    Legislation introduced last week by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik would help alleviate the burden experienced by military spouses trying to maintain professional careers when their family moves to a new duty station. The bipartisan bill would require DOD to reimburse military spouses up to $500 for licensing fees for each permanent change of station. The measure also would expedite license portability and require the department to look for ways to improve the military spouse unemployment and underemployment rate …

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  • States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses

    States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses0

    All 50 states have taken action to ease the requirements for military spouses to gain professional licenses or credentials needed to continue their careers after moving, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, announced on Saturday. The achievement comes five years after the first lady and Biden urged the nation’s governors to streamline state licensing requirements for the military community as part of the Joining Forces initiative the two launched. At the time, just three states accepted licenses from other states, according to a White House fact sheet. By 2012, nearly half of all states had begun to address the barriers facing military spouses seeking employment …

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