IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 25, 2018
Mr. Brown (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.
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
in paragraph (1)—
and subject to paragraph (2) after
the Secretary of Defense and all that follows through
shall permit; and
to elect to and inserting
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.