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S. 2748: BATTLE for Servicemembers Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 25, 2018 (Introduced).



2d Session

S. 2748


April 25, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Rounds, and Mr. Coons) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


To amend title 10, United States Code, to require members of the Armed Forces to receive additional training under the Transition Assistance Program, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Better Access to Technical Training, Learning, and Entrepreneurship for Ser­vice­mem­bers Act or the BATTLE for Ser­vice­mem­bers Act.


Required training; waivers

Section 1144(f) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—


in the heading, by striking Opportunities;


in paragraph (1)—


by inserting and subject to paragraph (2) after section;


by striking the Secretary of Defense and all that follows through shall permit; and


by striking to elect to and inserting shall; and


by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following new paragraph:


The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, under regulations such Secretaries shall prescribe, waive the additional training under paragraph (1) for:


Such groups or classifications of members as the Secretaries determine, after consultation with the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, for whom participation is not and would not be of assistance to such members based on the articulable justification of the Secretaries that there is extraordinarily high reason to believe the exempted members are unlikely to face major readjustment, health care, employment, or other challenges associated with transition to civilian life.


A member possessing specialized skills who, due to unavoidable circumstances, is needed to support the imminent deployment of a unit.


A member who elects in writing not to receive such additional training.