DOD Works to Ease Troop Transition to Credentialed Jobs

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2012 – The Defense Department is working to break down credentialing barriers for service members and veterans preparing to enter the civilian workforce, a DOD official said today.

“The goal … is to help our veterans, and especially our transitioning veterans, … get employed,” Ed Kringer, director of state liaison and educational opportunity for the Pentagon’s office of military community and policy, told an audience gathered for the National Credentialing Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here.

Speaking on a panel, Kringer described the interagency effort under way to ensure credentialing agencies recognize service members’ extensive training, education and experience.

Many occupations require state licensure, he noted, which affects both service members and their spouses. However, many troops run up against challenges with this, he added, as licensing and credentialing requirements vary from state to state and many credentialing boards are unaware of how military training and education equate to civilian training.

Read the full press release at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=67290.

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