The Defense Department is running a pilot program to help service members acquire credentials for civilian professional fields, American Forces Press Service reports.
Frank DiGiovanni, director of training readiness and strategy, told reporters the program began in October and officials will examine whether existing military training can qualify service members for civilian credentials.
He said the department will determine if it can adjust the program or if it needs training from external sources, according to AFPS.
Occupational areas covered under the program include aircraft mechanic, automotive mechanic, healthcare, supply and logistics and truck driver.
Seventeen military specialties are covered under these five areas, Claudette Roulo writes.
DiGiovanni said military officials will survey the participants to see if they got what they wanted out of the program, technical schools and supervisors to see if meeting the program’s requirements helped them.
Employers will also be asked if the credentials helped them in the hiring process, he said.