I propose that members of the Reserve military forces (National Guard/Reserves) be subject to recurring job specialty proficiency tests. This could be done either on a set time basis, or as part of the re-enlistment process.
On initial entry or re-classification, each military member receives specialized training specific to the career field that they have chosen. Army schools (for example) provide the majority of this training, but also require “on-the-job” training to round-out the trainee’s knowledge.
Without leadership and other co-workers staying up to date and proficient in their trade, this “on-the-job” training cannot be accomplished for the incoming employee. I therefore propose that each service member be required to take recurring tests to ensure that skills have been retained.
Tests for the specific Military Occupational Specialty (“MOS” in the Army) that each employee is assigned should be updated regularly to include recent changes and procedures. This will ensure that long-time soldiers and leaders are keeping up-to-date with current equipment, procedures, etc.
This will help keep our force (especially the Reserve Component) relevant. If a member cannot show that they can do their job, perhaps it is time for them to leave and clear the way for someone who can.