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Concerning Licensure & Certification Before the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Committee on Veterans’ Affairs United States House of Representatives

September 20, 2007

The United States military is still the largest and arguably the most effective training institution in America. Skills are taught ranging from computer programming to meteorology to flying to allied health care professions to language proficiency to public relations to virtually anything that one can think of as a type of work or skill that would be required in any facet of our society. They do what they do very well indeed. Service members are able to acquire extraordinary proficiencies and skills even in a short military career. The one thing that is generally lacking, however, are “civilian paper credentials” that document what they know and can do in a manner that is transferable and accepted in the civilian economy and the civilian job marketplace. This lack often means that extraordinary skill and well grounded subject knowledge is often lost to the individual as a credential that can be marketed in the civilian world, and thus often very expensive training paid for by the American taxpayer becomes an economic opportunity loss to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It means jobs not filled, leadership potential and skills not put to productive use, and a general loss to our overall economic growth. Frankly, this is an intolerable situation that the nation can no longer tolerate.

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