Service men and women will now be able to easily apply their military vehicle qualifications and training in the civilian workforce in Nova Scotia.
Anyone with a current Department of Defence 404 licence, which is required to operate various military vehicles, will no longer have to take tests to get the equivalent civilian licence.
“Nova Scotia has a proud military tradition and our workforce can benefit tremendously by tapping into the skills these men and women have developed during their careers in service to our country,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Removing barriers for people returning to civilian life is a win-win for the individual and industry.”
Examples of civilian vehicles service men and women can be licenced to drive include commercial transport trucks, buses and motor coaches.
“This initiative is very important to the military personnel who are transiting to civilian life and have many driving-related skills and qualifications to transfer with them,” said Capt. Chris Sutherland, Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Halifax. “But it is more than the DND 404 qualification, our military people have attributes such as respect, discipline, organization and leadership that are extremely valuable.”
This new, simplified process applies to current military members and military members who have retired within the past three years.
Individuals can apply through any Access Nova Scotia location. Standard fees still apply.
The new policy is effective today, April 20.