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Sunday, July 14th, 2024

Military and Educational Data Integration Act proposes insights for students into military enlistment data

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A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced the Military and Educational Data Integration Act, which would mandate a program granting state education systems access to enlistment data to potentially let high schools more accurately track the outcome of military careers.

“The military offers a wide array of career options from combat medics, to chefs, to engineers and much more,” Moran said. “Accurate, current, and readily available information on career opportunities and outcomes will better enable state education systems to inform students of military career options post high school. This legislation will open doors for students to pursue their interests through well-paid, meaningful careers in the military.”

If passed, the bill (S. 4588) from U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) would require the Department of Defense to take the lead in developing this data-sharing program. This, they argued, would allow students considering the military as an option to do so armed with better information.

“Joining the military is one of the most honorable and selfless decisions anyone can make, and it opens the door to a wide variety of fields and career paths,” Rosen said.

The bill was referred to the Senate Armed Services Committee.