Army, TRADOC help Soldiers with job credentialing

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

FORT EUSTIS, Va. — The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, is working to increase opportunities for Soldiers to receive civilian credentialing for attending military schools.

TRADOC is responsible for teaching roughly 150 military occupational specialties to enlisted Soldiers, using 15 schools across eight locations, providing nearly 200,000 Army professionals each year with opportunities to become experts in their field.

TRADOC and the Army are increasing their efforts to help Soldiers take those skills with them when they leave the Army and compete for jobs in the civilian sector through credentials earned with their military training and experience.

“The knowledge, skills and abilities Soldiers possess are very valuable and marketable to civilian employers,” said Brig. Gen. Pete Utley, deputy chief of staff, operations and training, TRADOC.

At a June 12 roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Legion, Tony Stamilio, deputy assistant for Secretary of the Army, (Civilian Personnel/Quality of Life), along with representatives from TRADOC and civilian credentialing agencies, gathered to discuss how to achieve appropriate recognition of military training and experience through credentialing programs.

During the meeting, Stamilio stated each year between 80,000-100,000 Soldiers leave the Army after earning skills provided by Army schools.

“We need to make sure we do all we can to support our Soldiers who have served and fought in war,” said Stamilio, who believes another benefit of credentialing is to “further professionalize the force” while helping the Army to “fill gaps and improve training.”

In particular, the Army is looking at 10 Military Occupation Specialties, or MOSs, that have a high volume and high unemployment rate.

“The guidance is to consider all MOSs, but we need to look closely at providing proper credentialing opportunities for the highly unemployed MOSs, such as infantrymen, combat engineers, military police, medics, human resources specialists, motor transport operators, wheeled vehicle mechanics, logistics specialists and food service specialists,” said Stamilio.

According to Maj. Neil Wahab, training, plans and operations, TRADOC, the enlisted Soldier is the primary focus; however, the Army is also looking at initiatives for warrant and commissioned officers.

“In the next five years, roughly a million people will leave military service, and the Army spends one-half billion dollars per year on unemployment compensation,” Wahab said. “Initiatives to assist Soldiers with job credentialing will enhance Soldier skills while serving and increase employability prior to separation.”

Credentials can be provided from government agencies, like a commercial truck driver’s license, or from non-government agencies, such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence that provides credentials for mechanics.

“What is important is for Soldiers to understand that the Army’s Career Tracker, or ACT, will assist them to find MOS-related credentialing and certification that maximizes the training they received,”said Khadijah Sellers, Institute for NCO Professional Development, TRADOC.

“These technical certifications and credentials are valuable, whether you remain in the Army or leave and work in the civilian sector,” Sellers said.

Soldiers may visit the Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line, or COOL website, for information on how they can fulfill the requirements for civilian certifications and licenses that are related to their MOS.

Also, the COOL website allows Soldiers to see what jobs are potentially available to them based on the skills inherent in their MOS.

“The acquired skills of the professional Soldier are viable in the civilian market, and the credentialing and certification program is key in providing our veterans a smooth transition from warrior to civilian,” Stamilio said.

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