(A) Eligibility for licensure.
In accordance with Chapter 5903. of the Revised Code, the board finds that there are no military programs of training, military primary specialties, and lengths of service that are substantially equivalent to or which exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist-orthotist, or pedorthist.
(B) Definitions related to military service and veteran status:
(1) "Armed forces" means the armed forces of the United States, including the army, navy, air force, marine corps, coast guard, or any reserve components of those forces; the national guard.
(2) "Member" means any person who is serving in the armed forces.
(3) "Veteran" means any person who has completed service in the armed forces, including the national guard of any state, or a reserve component of the armed forces, who has been discharged under honorable conditions from the armed forces or who has been transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service.
(C) License renewal.
(1) In accordance with section 5903.10 of the Revised Code, a licensee whose license expired due to the licensee's service in the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state, shall be eligible for renewal of the expired license in accordance with section 4779.20 of the Revised Code and rules 4779-8-01 and 4779-9-01 of the Administrative Code, if the following conditions are met:
(a) The licensee presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than twelve months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the licensee was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions;
(b) The licensee is not engaged in the habitual use of drugs or intoxicants, and does not suffer mental illness or incompetence to the extent that it renders the person unfit to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care; and
(2) The provisions of paragraph (B) of this rule also apply if the licensee's spouse served in the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state and the spouse's service resulted in the licensee's absence from this state.
(D) Continuing education
(1) In accordance with section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the provisions of this paragraph apply to a licensee who has been a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Ohio national guard, the Ohio military reserve, the Ohio naval militia, the national guard of any other state, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States who has served on active duty for a period in excess of thirty-one days.
(2) A licensee who meets the provisions contained in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule may submit a statement and supporting documentation to the board requesting an extension of the current continuing education reporting period.
(a) The licensee shall submit proper documentation verifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service.
(b) Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the board shall extend the current continuing education reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the licensee spent on active duty during the current continuing education reporting period. Any portion of a month served shall be considered one full month. The extension period may exceed the term of active duty for the benefit of the licensee or for administrative convenience to correspond with established continuing education reporting cycles.
(E) An active military service member or veteran who does not directly meet the requirements of section 4779.09 of the Revised Code may submit any documentation, evidence, statement or endorsement that may be available or produced for the board's consideration.
(F) In the course of processing and considering a license application pursuant to section 4779.09 of the Revised Code, the board shall consider military education, training and experience as elements that may assist an applicant in qualifying for a license to the extent the board is authorized to do so by statute, rule or executive directive.