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By Ellen Paris

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The "Hire A Vet" slogan is taking on new meaning,thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor. Tap into a highly skilledand available work force by logging on to the department'srecently launched UMET (Use your Military Experience and Training)Web site. The UMET program, administered by the DOL'sVeterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), is a sitewhere employers can link up with soon-to-be civilians.

"There are a lot of skills and occupations in the militarythat translate into civilian jobs, though they may be calledsomething else," explains the VETS' Gordon Berg. Forexample, a "tank transporter operator" in military-speaktranslates into a long-haul, 18-wheeler truck driver.

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