Aug 6, 2011 5:21 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
CORRY STATION NAVY BASE, Fla. (AP) - A Navy program is helping sailors to get the civilian licenses and certifications they need for outside jobs before they leave the military.
The goal of the free online program is to reduce unemployment among veterans and to ensure years of expensive training isn't mothballed when a sailor becomes a civilian.
More than 45,000 sailors have obtained certifications or licenses paid for by the Navy. It helps them qualify for jobs as everything from pharmaceutical technicians to welders, police officers or restaurant chefs.
The other branches of the military are considering similar programs.
Unemployment among veterans is above the national average.
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