Army plans to expand program that helps soldiers find jobs after service

Army plans to expand program that helps soldiers find jobs after service

by Rose L. Thayer
Stars and Stripes

AUSTIN, Texas — A Fort Hood-based pilot program that pays for soldiers to get civilian licenses and professional credentials could expand beyond Texas by the end of September, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dan Dailey said recently during congressional testimony.

Speaking to a House Appropriations Committee subpanel, Dailey said the Credentialing Assistance Program, which is now only offered to roughly 36,000 soldiers of the regular Army, Army Reserve and Texas Army National Guard at Fort Hood, is expected to expand to all installations across the service in fiscal year 2020, which begins Oct. 1.

The test phase of the program launched at Fort Hood in September 2018. During the announcement of the program in the fall, officials said the central Texas base was chosen because of its education center, the availability of soldiers in a diverse realm of jobs, and partnerships within the community and nearby Central Texas College.

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