I have my binoculars out, looking for the pigs that must be flying in the sky. Not only did I agree with Code Pink and ACLU yesterday regarding Rand Paul’s question about drones attacking American citizens on American soil, I agreed with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden on this initiative (Acrobat pdf file).
Titled “The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Spouses”, this addresses two key issues. One, that military training is not honored outside the military. Case in point, a fellow Heathen was trained as a combat medic. This man was skilled enough to perform surgery in the field to save lives, yet once he retired from the military, he could not get a job as an EMT, a nurse, or a physician’s assistant because he had no college degree. Besides healthcare, they mention aircraft mechanic, auto mechanic, truck driver, and logistics and supply in the DoD pilot program. This makes sense to me.
Two, that there be streamlined licensing and credentialing for spouses, especially in the healthcare field, teachers, child care workers, and accountants.
In a 2008 Defense Manpower Data Center survey of military spouses, participants were asked what would have helped them with their employment search after their last military move. Nearly 40 percent of those respondents who had moved indicated that “easier state-to-state transfer of certification” would have helped them. This is not surprising given that a third of the respondents said they had recently been employed in an occupation with potential licensure requirements, and nearly half of the respondents suggested that they were interested in pursuing careers in licensed fields.
Streamlining state licensing procedures for military spouses and increasing license portability can significantly ease some employment challenges facing these spouses.
Some states are allowing temporary employment while the license is being processed, some states are creating a fast track for board review and approval. A move is hard enough on a military spouse, so this also makes sense to me.
Have any of our readers had trouble that this would address?