The Military Credentialing Advancement Initiative (MCAI) was established in August 2019, convening a small group of public and private-sector stakeholders across industry, education, labor and military.

MCAI ambassadors were tasked with compiling recommendations to support the recognition of military-based learning toward high-quality credential pathways. Throughout 2020, the ambassadors met both in person and virtually to uncover models and principles that have been successfully executed across all credentialing stakeholder groups to create a report that would share a list of guidelines to support scale and had the potential to be replicated. For the purposes of the report, the term credential should be considered all-inclusive, to include certificates, certifications, licenses and apprenticeships, along with more traditional higher education degree programs.