Armed Forces News

Veterans now have an easier path to careers in the merchant marine. President Trump signed an executive order March 4, which would streamline their application and credentialing processes, to include:

* Certain aspects of former service members’ military training and experience would be applicable to merchant marine credentialing requirements.
* Fees for license evaluation, issuance and examination would be waived when appropriate.
* Whenever  possible, service members would not have to pay for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.
* Service members who have worked at sea would receive certification of such service no later than one month after they are discharged or released from military duty.
* Online support would be enhanced to assist merchant mariner credentialing.
* Assistance would be available through the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System.