PA 10-105—sHB 5350

Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs

General Law Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION CREDITS FOR MILITARY TRAINING

SUMMARY: This act requires state agencies or boards that issue licenses or certificates requiring professional training, schooling, or apprenticeship to provide credits or exemptions to applicants who received applicable training, schooling, or experience while serving in the armed forces. The act prohibits agencies from requiring applicants to repeat any substantively similar training or schooling required for licensure or certification.

It requires that any such credits or exemptions awarded by the state's higher education constituent units be granted in a manner consistent with (1) guidelines established by the American Council on Education, (2) the institutions' transfer credit policies, and (3) federal regulations (38 CFR 21. 4253 and 21. 4254).

The act defines the “armed forces” as the U. S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force and reserve components, including the Connecticut National Guard and state militia.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

BACKGROUND

State Militia

By law, the state militia includes the unorganized and organized militia. The unorganized militia consists of (1) all 18- to 45-year-old male citizens and male residents who have declared their intent to become citizens, who meet certain criteria and (2) female citizens and female residents age 18 to 45 who have declared their intent to become citizens and volunteer.

The organized militia is the Governor's Foot and Horse Guards, the State Guard, and other military forces the governor designates (CGS 27-2).

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