In a recent discussion with a military spouse, the point was brought up about connecting with credentialing authorities. Given the multitude of classes service members, veterans, and public safety as well as government employees attend and the certifications/credentials that are required and earned during employment, connecting with those authorities seems a logical step. Transitioning from active duty to law enforcement or other employment in even the nonprofit and private sectors means skills and expertise developed while serving are critical in reducing hours and money spent having to retake classes or get credentialed/certified for the gaining companies. This is where we come in.
Considering the communications background those in the US Army Signal Corps have, there are classes, certs, and credentials we are capable of acquiring for our professional and technical development, and those which are required for us to continuously function in our career fields. The medical specialties are also in a similar situation. What most of us have seen is very rarely do some of those certifications or credentials translate to anything useful outside of the military in our new occupations. A prime example I’ve seen is a military police soldier moving from being an MP to a civilian law enforcement officer. The common assumption is with the training, certifications, and credentials the transition should be seamless.
It isn’t at all.
While I’m not a law enforcement professional, I’ve seen many fellow soldiers who work in those jobs, from state troopers, to sheriffs, to your city police officer. Yet, ALL of them have had to go through some sort of law enforcement training before joining the force. The common saying why is the civilian police forces want to break the MPs of their habits and old training. I’m not going to go into a large discussion of the merit of one over the other. With legislation in place either federally or state-by-state, civilian police forces would be better served if a seamless transfer process existed. With a consolidated platform to manage all records, bringing those departments into the fold will be exponentially easier.
Legislation is the primary obstacle on a state level. Yet, getting a governor to acquiesce may be simpler than moving the behemoth that is the federal government to simplify the process. This demonstrates government agencies at all levels value the training they’ve received and can cut down the time and money required to train them while maintaining continuity of information both administratively and medically with records.
A network of connected credentialing authorities, agencies, and departments will be able to reduce the overhead required to bring the right people into their departments. When shortages of officers hit various principalities, they will have the access needed to either try and recruit or quickly employ the individuals who want to wear the badge. Software is what can make it happen.
This is the simplistic overview, knowing full and well government contracts and other legal obstacles can get in the way. These ideas aren’t new. Common sense should and will prevail in instituting a centralized and streamlined method to help anyone of any profession who has specific certifications and credentials required to do their jobs once they leave serving their country or maybe their city or state into another field.
The need has been ongoing. The change will happen in the immediate future. But the plan is right now.
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