Something I can agree with

I have my binoculars out, looking for the pigs that must be flying in the sky. Not only did I agree with Code Pink and ACLU yesterday regarding Rand Paul’s question about drones attacking American citizens on American soil, I agreed with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden on this initiative (Acrobat pdf file).

Titled “The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Spouses”, this addresses two key issues. One, that military training is not honored outside the military. Case in point, a fellow Heathen was trained as a combat medic. This man was skilled enough to perform surgery in the field to save lives, yet once he retired from the military, he could not get a job as an EMT, a nurse, or a physician’s assistant because he had no college degree. Besides healthcare, they mention aircraft mechanic, auto mechanic, truck driver, and logistics and supply in the DoD pilot program. This makes sense to me.

Two, that there be streamlined licensing and credentialing for spouses, especially in the healthcare field, teachers, child care workers, and accountants.

In a 2008 Defense Manpower Data Center survey of military spouses, participants were asked what would have helped them with their employment search after their last military move. Nearly 40 percent of those respondents who had moved indicated that “easier state-to-state transfer of certification” would have helped them. This is not surprising given that a third of the respondents said they had recently been employed in an occupation with potential licensure requirements, and nearly half of the respondents suggested that they were interested in pursuing careers in licensed fields.
Streamlining state licensing procedures for military spouses and increasing license portability can significantly ease some employment challenges facing these spouses.

Some states are allowing temporary employment while the license is being processed, some states are creating a fast track for board review and approval. A move is hard enough on a military spouse, so this also makes sense to me.

Have any of our readers had trouble that this would address?

8 thoughts on “Something I can agree with”

  1. Not I. Turns out knuckle-dragging deck ape is the same in the Navy and Merchant Marine.
    I have had co workers with military skill sets that would have benefited from this legislation. It makes sense to me.

  2. Hmmm. That rattling I heard earlier today must have been caused by the shivering in hell.

    Professional licensure is a mess in this country. Things you used to be able to prove you had the equivalent education for is no more. The so called professional societies have made it their business to turn the gate keeper function over to colleges, and colleges themselves are doing an increasingly poor job of it.

    It hasn’t been that long ago that a person could become a PA with a BS. Now it’s a Master’s degree ye must have. I could go on, but I tire of getting on the soap box against the morons running universities and their enablers in the unprofessional professional societies.

    1. Not only that but the gov’t saw it as a gravy train to charge $25, then $100, then $250 to receive a license that you didn’t need 40, 50 years ago. I suppose we need to be protected from renegade manicurists.

  3. State licensing for professions such as the law, medicine, architecture, and engineering make sense.

    But for haircuts? Other personal services providers, That’s insane.

    1. I have no trouble licensure of actual learned professions. I’m a member of two, Engineering and Surveying. I do have trouble with making people kneel at the altar of the universities where most of the professors (in Civil Engineering, anyway) are not qualified to be teaching it since they have little experience outside the Ivory Tower. These days, to be an Engineering Professor you go from zero to PhD and you are ready to go to work in an Engineering School without a day of real engineering experience. It’s even worse in Surveying.

      The result is the quality of the Grads has been declining for the last 40 years, and a good part of it is the declining quality of the professorate.

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