The American Legion has released a report, State of Credentialing of Service Members and Veterans, outlining the difficulties faced by transitioning troops in translating their experience from military occupational specialties into credits for credentials and licensing in such fields as truck driving, auto mechanics, and information technology.
Detailed in the report are eight opportunities for action, including one to ensure that military and veteran credentialing interests are represented in civilian workforce credentialing initiatives. Credential Engine’s web-based registry is highlighted as a key component to this opportunity. According to the report:
“The military stands to benefit from the Credential Engine’s Credential Registry as both a consumer and a provider of information. As a consumer, the military will be able to more readily attain critical information about credentials that will allow it to better identify those that are of high quality and value. As a provider of information, the military will be able to input information into the Credential Registry that educates key stakeholders, such as academia, credential providers, and employers, about the high-quality training offered by the military. DoD and the military also can post information about the credentials they award, such as those offered through the Defense Acquisition University, the Community College of the Air Force and Air University, as well as the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences whose authority to issue credentials recently has been expanded by Congress. A primary result of the military posting to the registry will be increased recognition of the high caliber of workplace training and experience that service members and veterans possess.”
Read the full report.