Robert L. Gordon III is the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. In this blog, Mr. Gordon encourages military spouses to share their state licensing experiences on a discussion board so officials can work toward streamlining procedures.
Military Spouses: State Licensing Process and Your Career
By Robert L. Gordon III
Military Community and Family Policy
Feb. 7, 2011
Military spouses, we need to hear from you! You are part of a talented and amazing work force, but as you know, military life can make it tough to maintain a career.
If your career field requires a state license or certification, then you know the process of renewing that license or certification can be time-consuming, cumbersome, expensive, and that process can vary from state to state. This can frustrate people in career fields like counseling, accounting and health care.
We are working to streamline licensing procedures. We want to make it easier for you to continue your career as you move, so we want to hear from you.
Please visit our discussion board and tell us your stories about transferring occupational or professional licenses. How long did it take? What barriers did you encounter? What delayed the process? Tell us what needs to change. We want to know what you think would shorten and simplify the process. Have a success story to brag about? We want to hear that too!
Last week, President Barack Obama unveiled a new, whole-of-government approach to military family support , with agencies uniting to create new resources and support programs for military families worldwide. Helping military spouses develop portable career opportunities in high-demand career fields is one of the nation’s four top priorities. Our goal of streamlining licensing procedures is part of that priority, so you can see just how important your feedback is.
This is one of many more blogs to come. We’ll be asking for your ideas and opinions on other topics. We look forward to hearing from you. You continually step up to life’s challenges with grace and strength. You truly serve, and the military is stronger for it. Thank you for your service.