A few people mentioned at our recent MRO Americas Conference that it would be nice if there was a streamlined way to help U.S. military maintainers get an FAA A&P maintenance license--either while they're in the service--or after they leave.
Thankfully, yours truly was the sole journalist who got to participate in a military Tiger Team a dozen or so years ago that tackled this very issue. A representative of each service, along with the FAA, worked together to outline the differences in education and experience levels within each service, compared to the FAA A&P requirements. They documented that, identified gap training, and then created the Joint Service Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification Council to manage the program to help transition military maintainers to the civilian workforce.
The dedicated military members of this group transcended their particular service roles, worked for a common good and made it happen. A big shout out to the great people from this group!
It was an extraordinary effort to be part of, and it lives on to help talented military professionals ease into civilian MRO roles. Either visit the JSAMTCC website or send an email to email@example.com to learn more.
Many civilian aviation aftermarket organizations are actively trying to hire experienced maintenance professionals. I urge you to look into this resource.