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The desired outcome is that states provide alternative certifications and expedite licensing procedures to support the unique needs of working military spouses and separating Service members.


Frequent moves and cumbersome licensing requirements can limit career options for military spouses.


Mandatory military moves require spouses to leave employment and start again in a state with new licensing requirements. States can help by expediting licensing through endorsement, temporary licensure and streamlined processes. States should also recognize that these mandatory job separations should afford military spouses eligibility for unemployment compensation.

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