ERIC Number: ED456240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun-4
Reference Count: N/A
Barriers to Veterans' Employment Presented by Civilian Licensure and Certification.
DynCorp, Reston, VA.
A study examined the extent to which military training and experience adequately prepared individuals for civilian credentialing (licensure and certification), first in the healthcare and aircraft maintenance fields and then in a variety of other fields. The survey relied on information about occupational credentialing requirements from the Department of Labor (DOL) and military curricula and records. The study found that 105 of the 438 enlisted occupations with civilian equivalents had some form of credentialing requirements. The study also found that the most comprehensive attempt to enhance service members' ability to become credentialed is conducted through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. Although the DANTES program is an important step towards alleviating the credentialing barriers that face transitional military personnel, the program can address only a limited number of occupations because of its limited scope. The study concluded that civilian licensure and certification can present a significant barrier to employment for transitional military personnel. Recommendations were made for the Department of Defense to provide service members with more information about credentialing while they are still in training, to stay abreast of changes in occupational fields in order to present the most relevant occupational training, to explore the feasibility of an apprenticeship program, and to fund DANTES at a level that will ensure service members are informed of inservice opportunities for credentialing. In addition, the Department of Labor was asked to close the gap between military training and credentialing requirements. (Six exhibits and a table are used to display the study's findings.) (KC)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Articulation (Education), Credentials, Education Work Relationship, Educational Opportunities, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Equivalency Tests, Job Skills, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Military Personnel, Military Training, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, Student Certification, Training
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 052-003-01473-4, $2.75). Web site: http://www.access.gpo.gov/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: DynCorp, Reston, VA.
Note: Study initiated and published by the Congressional Commission on Servicemembers and Veterans Transition Assistance. Some text is missing.