If you spent your military career as a medic, there’s little reason why you should work through an entire civilian program to become a nurse — that’s the thought driving a new initiative The Southern Illinoisan reports will be unveiled on Wednesday. Rather than proving their abilities in redundant tests, veterans will be able to use their military occupational specialty as proof of their skills. This initiative will start out by identifying qualified service members to serve in the medical field, according to Governor Quinn.
“There is a lot of momentum on this nationally,” said Erica Borggren, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
Borggren said the Illinois likely will focus initially on identifying how to match up veterans’ training with jobs in the medical field.
“It’s certainly where we’re looking first,” Borggren said.
With a plan to go operational within the year, the initiative will allow institutes of higher education to create programs catered towards veterans with medical expertise. If other states follow suit, soon veterans all over the U.S. might be able to expedite the transition between military and civilian careers.
For more information about getting degrees and certificates after the military, check out the education section of Military.com.