Support for Transition of Military Medics into Civilian EMS Careers

Approved June 2017

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) supports current initiatives for the transition of retiring or end-of-service military medics, corpsmen, technicians and other medical specialists trained in out-of-hospital care to the civilian EMS sector. ACEP recognizes that military medical specialists are highly trained providers of emergency care and there exists a need for well-qualified EMS personnel in the civilian sector.

ACEP encourages the appropriate state and federal agencies to work collaboratively with national EMS associations to develop proper transition training, credentialing and licensing of service members to streamline state requirements and procedures to assist military medical specialists in obtaining EMS certification or licensure. Military medical specialists must also understand the need to meet civilian EMS standards and scope of practice requirements. ACEP also supports the initiatives being led by other associations, including those by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE), the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT), and the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) on military to civilian EMS transition.

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