In a commonsense move designed to expand job opportunities for those with valuable military training, the U.S. Senate has passed a plan backed by Senator Claire McCaskill to require that military training is considered when the federal government is determining certification requirements for their workforce.
"If a military veteran can fix an engine in the middle of a war in Iraq or Afghanistan, it's just insulting to make them go through certification all over again to repair engines back here at home," said McCaskill, who has made job access for veterans a top priority since joining the Senate. "The federal government can and should take into account the valuable and extensive training they've received while in the military."
Many positions within the federal government-including air traffic controllers, airplane mechanics, and navigators-involve lengthy certification requirements. Currently, the government does not recognize the specific training of military veterans when considering qualifications for hiring these positions, often forcing them to spend significant amounts of time and money training on the same skills.
Legislation supported by McCaskill passed the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the full Senate last week. The legislation would require federal agencies to recognize relevant military training and skills when certifying veterans for private sector skills. Instead of spending time in redundant training, this move would allow veterans to quickly transition into the civilian workforce.
McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has been a champion for military veterans since coming to the Senate in 2006, and was a founding member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus. McCaskill was also a leading advocate for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act.