Transition and Career Resources for Military/Veterans

The information and resources shared on this page serve to aid those transitioning to civilian life or those with military experience in a job search or career development.

New Hampshire

Choose New Hampshire to live, work, serve and play!

You may be a resident of New Hampshire already and are looking for your next career move.  Or, you may be outside the state considering where you want to land next.  With the Northeast and New England states being in close proximity to each other, we are appreciative of those Service members and Veterans who make the choice to live and work in New Hampshire.  There are many reasons to choose the Granite State as your permanent home and place of employment!

Live Free and Choose New Hampshire

Choose to Live, Work, Serve & Play in New Hampshire (employment-focused resources)

Browse through the Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services website to learn about the services, resources, and benefits available to New Hampshire Service members and Veterans.  


New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services

Our Mission: 
We are committed to training, educating and certifying emergency and community responders to protect the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire.
The Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services is one of seven divisions within the Department of Safety working together to make New Hampshire the safest state in the nation. We are made up of full and part-time employees, including many instructors, who strive every day to fulfill our mission and commitment to excellence.  Our goal is to achieve this with professionalism, integrity and respect. High quality training is the foundation of prepared emergency responders who are integral to the quality of life in our state.  Our team is a highly motivated and dedicated group that work to meet the needs of New Hampshire’s Fire and EMS community in a responsive, proactive way, through collaborative partnerships with our stakeholders.

Contact Us: 
98 Smokey Bear Blvd., Concord, NH 03301
(603) 223-4200 

Welcome! Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services. NH DOS

Roadmap to Becoming a Career Firefighter (              
EMS Provider Career Pathway infographic (

Vocational and Career Programs

Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for high-demand jobs to Veterans who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the website to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.  The education line is open for questions at 888-442-4551.  

VRRAP informational handout


Pathway for Veterans and Service Members to Electrician Licensure

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NH Pioneers Path to Electrician Licensure


With the passage of House Bill 2 in the 2023 legislative session of the New Hampshire General Court, New Hampshire has created a new unique path for Veterans and Service Members with certain military training and experience to obtain professional licensure as electricians.

The NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) Electricians' Board now has the authority to grant credit to individuals who can demonstrate satisfactory completion of electrician training during military service for the purpose of issuing a license to a master or journeyman electrician applicant.  Candidates for licensure must demonstrate completion of 8,000 hours of service as an apprentice electrician and are required to pass an OPLC examination.

For more information about New Hampshire's military skills and test waiver programs, contact our division at:


New Hampshire's Troops to Trucks (Military CDL Skills Test Waiver)    

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The Military CDL Skills Test Waiver allows Veterans trained in the operation of heavy vehicles to apply for a waiver of the commercial driver license skills (road) test and obtain a New Hampshire CDL by passing the written exam.  

Application for Military Skills Test Waiver

Troops to Trucks- Military Skills Test Waiver 

Eligible military members and Veterans who are trained in the operation of heavy vehicles can apply for a waiver of the CDL skills test and may obtain a New Hampshire CDL by passing the written exam(s). To be eligible for the road test waiver, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be actively serving in the military or be a Veteran within 12 months of honorable or general discharge.
  • Be a New Hampshire resident.
  • Produce a Commanding Officer's certification on form DSMV 609.
  • Successfully pass the required CDL knowledge exams.
  • List all driving offenses during the past two years for both military and civilian licenses.
  • Applicants must not have any alcohol-related or major driving offenses during the previous two years on both civilian and military licenses. The Division of Motor Vehicles reserves the right to disqualify applicants based on information obtained during the application process.

To apply for the waiver, service members or recent Veterans can download the waiver application and bring the completed waiver, a copy of the Military Qualification Record and Military License to the nearest DMV office or you may mail the completed form to the Concord DMV with a copy of the Military Qualification Record and Military License.

The submitted waiver application and supporting documentation will be reviewed to verify that qualifications are met as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) and New Hampshire laws and rules. You will be contacted once the review is completed and a knowledge test appointment may be made upon approval of the application.

For more information, contact the NH Division of Motor Vehicles.  


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Military Driver Programs

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FMCSA Military Driver Programs

FMCSA Military Driver Programs Brochure | FMCSA ( 

FMCSA has several programs that help make it easier, quicker, and less expensive for military personnel to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and transition to a civilian CMV driving career.


THE EVEN EXCHANGE PROGRAM (KNOWLEDGE TEST WAIVER) This program allows qualified military drivers to be exempt from the knowledge test to obtain a CDL. When used in conjunction with the Military Skills Test Waiver, this allows a driver to exchange a military license for a CDL. Drivers must provide proof of their medical certificate to apply. Visit the FMCSA website to determine if your state currently participates.

THE UNDER 21 MILITARY DRIVER PROGRAM (see above)  This program offers eligible military members the opportunity to participate in a pilot study program that allows study group drivers to operate CMVs interstate before age 21 while employed with participating motor carriers.  For a list of military occupational specialty (MOS) ratings required for participation and other eligibility criteria, visit the FMCSA website page for Under 21 Military Driver Program

THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR SAFETY TRAINING GRANT PROGRAM  This program assists current or former members of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard and reserve members) and their spouses in receiving training to transition to the motor carrier industry. To learn more, visit the FMCSA website. 


Boot to Business 


Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the Small Business Association (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses. 




Helmets to Hardhats 

Helmets to Hardhats

Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects transitioning active-duty military service members, Veterans, National Guard and Reservists with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry. Most career opportunities offered by the program are connected to federally-approved apprenticeship training programs. Such training is provided by the trade organizations themselves at no cost to the Veteran. No prior experience is needed; in fact, most successful placements start with virtually no experience in their chosen field. All participating trade organizations conduct three to five year earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship training programs that teach service members everything they need to know to become a construction industry professional with a specialization in a particular craft. And, because these apprenticeship programs are regulated and approved at both federal and state levels, Veterans can utilize their G.I. Bill benefits to supplement their income while they are learning valuable skills and on the job training. In 2007, Helmets to Hardhats supplemented its existing program with a disabled American veteran program known as the “Wounded Warrior” program, which serves to connect disabled veterans with employment opportunities in the construction industry and the careers that support construction.  


US Department of Labor VETS Program 


The US Department of Labor VETS Program prepares America's Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses for meaningful careers by providing them with employment resources and expertise, protecting their employment rights, and connecting them with employment opportunities.  A variety of resources are available through the website--Off-Base Transition Training, Find a Job, information about rights through USERRA, Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses, Employment Navigator & Partnership Pilot.  


NH Veteran-Friendly Businesses

NH  Veteran-Friendly Business logo

The Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services and NH Employment Security recognize businesses in the state that meet criteria considered to be "veteran-friendly".  Veteran-friendly businesses in a variety of sectors can be found on the following list.  They appreciate applicants and customers with military experience!

Check out the list of NH Veteran-Friendly Businesses on our website!

The following businesses have vocational or career programs specifically for military members and Veterans.


BAE Systems--Warrior Integration Program

BAE Systems

The Warrior Integration Program (WIP) at BAE Systems is gaining national attention!  WIP is a multi-year rotational program designed to integrate Post 9/11 service members who have suffered service connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses, into BAE Systems, setting the stage for progression in a new career. This is accomplished through challenging and rewarding rotational assignments, technical and leadership training, advanced education, leadership opportunities, as well as; exposure/networking, sponsorship, transition assistance, and connection to Veteran resources.
Rotations are typically focused within the Operations functions of the company. Common rotations include, but are not limited to:

  • Supply Chain
  • Facilities Management
  • Program Management
  • Quality
  • Engineering Support
  • Project Management
  • Value Stream Lead/Supervisor

Hear more about the WIP from those who have participated in this corporation news magazine article.  Electronic Systems Pulse, Vol 25, May 2019 This company is now giving a total transition and jobs program to separating military members (article)

Apply for this program or any job via their website--BAE Systems.


NH Employment Security


NH Employment Security is the place to start when you're looking for your first job, your next job, a better job, or a whole new career. They have free services, resources, and tools to help you with the entire job search process. You do not need to be claiming unemployment benefits or be out of work to use services.  Veterans and eligible spouses are given priority of service for the receipt of employment, training and placement services in all workforce programs funded by the Department of Labor. This means that those Veterans or eligible spouses who meet all the eligibility requirements for a program or service receive access to that program or service either earlier than others who are not eligible for priority of service, or if resources are limited, the Veteran or eligible spouse receives access to the service or resource instead of or before others.

If you are a Veteran or eligible spouse, please identify yourself as such when inquiring about any NHES programs or services or upon visiting a NH Works office. By doing so, you will be able to take full advantage of this priority.  Visit NHES for more information about services available.


In the News

Making the jump to the skilled trades--Military Times, March 5, 2022

Building a social network in the civilian world--Military Times, March 3, 2022

What you need to know about salary negotiations--Military Times, March 10, 2022

You're leaving the military.  Should you pursue your passion or just find a job?--Military Times, February 17, 2022

Updating your military resume could help you land a private sector job--Military Times, February 7, 2022

White House pushing to get more veterans into the trucking industry--Military Times, February 7, 2022