Military veterans are known for their strong work ethic, self-direction, and willingness to be a team player. According to retired Marine sergeant Jon Davis:
“Few cultures have been engineered quite like the military. There are even fewer cultures that focus entirely on mission achievement, cooperation, and personal development. The fact, is there is no culture in the world that shapes people in the way the military does.”
Let’s look at the top reasons to consider military veterans for civilian jobs:
- Strong work ethic: Many military veterans have a mature and professional disposition. In many cases, veterans have developed coping skills to handle stressful situations—so when the pressure is on, you can expect them to preserve.
- Self-direction: Military training emphasizes resourcefulness and complex problems skills. For this reason, many veterans understand how to address workplace issues without needing explicit guidance from supervisors.
- Efficiency: Veterans have experience working in a culture that stresses accuracy and timeliness. They tend to be well-versed in setting priorities, multitasking, and meeting deadlines.
- Willingness to be a team player: Servicemen and women learn very quickly the importance of being a strong, reliable team player. They understand the value of taking responsibility not only for their work, but for the success of their co-workers, and how working closely together can contribute to overall success.
- Eagerness to learn: The motivation and ability to learn is a key element of military culture. By the time they leave the service, most veterans are adept at processing new information and gaining new skills. Many are already experts in areas like finance, medicine, engineering, administration, and security. And since technology is critical among all armed forces, many vets enter the private sector with advanced technical skills.
- Leadership: Men and women who rise in the ranks generally do so by demonstrating strong leadership skills. So when they seek civilian employment, they come to the workplace with the ability to inspire and lead others.
- Tax assistance: The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a tax-incentive program that encourages companies to recruit and retain staff from a specific population or group, including veterans. Through this program, you might qualify for a tax credit of up to $9,600 per employee during their first year of employment.
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