“It’s time to separate the warrior from the war and allow veterans to become citizens again. That means giving them a chance to succeed, not just survive,” states Karen Ross, V.E.T.S. program founder and CEO of Sharp Decisions. “The talent and skills only a military service man/woman could possess can be essential to the success of any organization.”
According to the American Council on Education (Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit Report, 2015), the U.S. should expect approximately 1.5 million veterans to transition to the civilian workforce over the next three-to-five years, a 30% increase over the normal rate. With that in mind, Sharp Decisions’ five reasons to hire U.S. Veterans – among many others – are:
- Leadership is Leverage – veterans excel at being dedicated leaders. They’ve learned leadership training in the U.S. Military both academically and theoretically, and many have put their training into practice in war zones. Some officers and NCOs are as young as nineteen when they begin to lead troops.
- The Ethos is “Teamwork” – the military considers “teamwork” as the key to achieving its goals. They know from past and present experiences that the only way for a mission to be successful is to execute missions with tightly knit units – each member being fully responsible for all the others. A unit of such force equals optimal effectiveness, and this group psychology can translate well to the corporate culture of teamwork.
- Commanding of Crisis Situations – most Americans can’t conceive of making split-second command decisions, yet members of the U.S. military make them every day and then some. In the military, it’s standard routine to follow the narrowest of specifications and tight-deadlines to avoid dangerous results for you and your fellow soldiers. Veterans can utilize these skills to manage high-stress levels and become great achievers in a company atmosphere.
- Tech Know-How from the Get-Go – the military has some of the most all-encompassing technical training facilities in the world, of which numerous military members are trained. It goes without saying, such training is a major asset to corporate settings, where the most basic and critical functions rely on technology. Many veterans can enter into new private sector positions with all the essential technology skills needed in place, and those who don’t have the tech experience are first-rate, quick learners.
- Buy American, Hire American – Thousands upon thousands of U.S. military veterans are looking for work at any given time. With the impending H-1B revisions making it more difficult for American companies to hire foreign workers, employing veterans should take precedence in filling positions left empty. This is especially true for the technology industry where the H-1B revisions will be hit hardest.
Transitioning military are eager to launch into the private sector to show what they can bring to the table, which is a great deal, and is backed-up with integrity, loyalty and dedication.“Only corporate America can solve the problem by integrating our veteran leaders across every dimension of our workforce,” Ross adds. “By doing so, veterans and businesses will both benefit.”