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New law helps vets transfer military skills

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:29:12 CST

New law helps vets transfer military skills Military training, like that of a paramedic, doesn't always translate to the requirements of a civilian license. But a recent change in Illinois policy is intended to help bridge that gap. Governor Pat Quinn last week signed an executive order giving state agencies about three months to see which professional licenses are eligible. Illinois' director of Veterans' Affairs, Erica Borggren, says the current transfer method is too complicated:

"Normally when the licensing agency is looking at a training program, they'll just ask a community college 'What's your textbook?' but when it comes to assessing military training, they've got to take a look at the military-specific syllabi."

Borggren also says the changes could lead to universities and community colleges expanding the credits service members receive for their military training.
It's open to people on active duty and those who have left the armed forces in the last two years.

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