SOLDIER FOR LIFE

The Army needs to make sure Soldiers have the best skills that benefit the Army, he said. But it is also
important that Soldiers can get credentialed and transfer those skills to the civilian marketplace once they
leave the force, he added.

"Even after 35 years of being in the military, if this is my last year, which I hope it's not, I have to get another
job," Spitler said. People are living and working a lot longer, he said.

Soldiers embody the values taught to them in the military, he said, making them great employees in the civilian
world.

The Army's Soldier for Life program is an excellent example of showcasing how Soldiers serve their whole
lives - from when they enter the Army, through when they re-enter the civilian world and are productive
members of their community.

"The work that we are doing here is not just limited to that 18-year-old, who is joining the military looking for a
skill - that is also applicable to the 50-year-old, who is transitioning out of the military," he said.

It is important for the Army to make sure the message of credentialing, education and opportunities gets out in
an understandable fashion, he said. "We have some work to do, especially associated with credentialing," he
said.

CREDENTIALING HELPS SOLDIERS, READINESS

Credentialing and readiness go hand-in-hand, said Col. Reed Hudgins, TRADOC's director of credentialing,
certification and licensing.

That hand-in-hand walk begins when Soldiers enter the Army, and it continues their entire career, Hudgins told
a panel discussion.

"It's a lifelong process - a life-long process that speaks to readiness for us inside the military," he said.

Credentialing saves money since the training or certification could be low or no-cost to the Army, maintains a
professionalized force with industry's best practices, and keeps members interested and challenged, he said.

Since industry's best practices make up credentialing, the skills are in demand, fresh, and viable, he noted.

Credentialing is not just for the active Army, he said. "It's applicable to the total force; without the National
Guard, without the Reserve, we can't do what it is we do," he said.
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Credentialing Soldiers for Civilian Employment
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 29, 2015) -- While the Army does a great
job of training Soldiers for the battlefield, it needs to do a better job of getting
members credentialed for the civilian marketplace, Maj. Gen. Rex A. Spitler said.

There are "great opportunities" for the Army in this area, said Spitler, deputy chief of
staff, Army Training and Doctrine Command, also known as TRADOC.

Spitler, a keynote speaker at the American Legion National Credentialing Summit
here, April 28, said it is a large-scale effort for his command since 500,000 people
go through TRADOC schools each year.
The Army trains its members to engage in the complex world, where the next battle
is "unknown and unknowable," he said. "We're not quite sure what we're going to
see when we go into that next battle."

Under such circumstances, the Army requires a highly-trained force and depends on
Soldiers to be able to think innovatively and be able to survive and thrive in chaos,
Spitler said.

"That means in all of the training that the young Soldier receives when he comes in
at the beginning of that pipeline, until he gets pushed out at retirement or anytime in
between there, he is learning how to operate in chaos," he said.

That benefits Soldiers far beyond the battlefield, he said.

"We're training them how to survive and win in any environment that they're
engaged in, which also includes the civilian marketplace," he said.
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