If you’re new to hiring from the military and wonder if hiring from the military will work for your company, you can rest assured this will work for your company and make you look good in the process. The following are 7 top reasons why employers across America have improved their companies by targeting the U. S. Armed Forces as a key source of talent:
1. Skills. The Armed Forces is a form of industrial complex all to itself, but the basic rules of process, standardization, administration, plant, and facilities are all common to the industrial and corporate environment. All skill sets may not be present in the numbers needed to fulfill every need, but for the vast majority of roles that a company has, there is a military person who has done something very similar. In the trade skill areas of electronic, electrical and mechanical maintenance, there are no better sources in the world for people who are well-experienced in maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing equipment. After all, the military doesn’t manufacture products, it uses them–and many times in some of the world’s most dangerous environments. The equipment has to work when it’s needed most, and that takes good maintainers.
2. Adaptability and Trainable Fit. One of the great advantages to military service is that military members are constantly being retrained even while they are being thrust into situations for which they have never been trained. In other words, they are constantly learning but also constantly reacting to new situations while still being held accountable for the desired outcomes. There is no corporate environment that can duplicate that.
3. Character Qualities. Today’s service man or woman is nothing short of exceptional. Military service actually pays well these days, and the services are very selective in who they let in. Nearly all service members are high school graduates and reasonably physically fit. They have voluntarily subject themselves to discipline, and they know how to respect authority and work in diverse cultural environments. They will show up on time, and they know how to present themselves in a professional manner.
4. Leadership/People Skills. The Armed Forces is our nation’s leadership incubator. There is no other organization that is better in the world and building true relational leaders at all levels than the U. S. Armed Forces. It’s essential for the mission of the organization to have leadership at all levels. Your corporate culture does not have to be combat survivable. The military’s does.
5. Goal Orientation. Military members are salaried employees who do not get OT, and the military commands frequently take advantage of that fact. Military members work in an environment where the day is over when the job is done or the goal has been reached. Your business needs people who can get the ball over the goal line. This is what our military people do every day.
6. Upward Mobility. The leadership skills and maturity beyond the years of military members make them a great source of people who can grow within your company and help you build your bench strength of talent. When Jack Welch discovered the potential of hiring junior military officers (JMOs) for his company in 1994, he described them as “smart, hardworking and intense” and that they had been hardened by serving in “some of the toughest places on the planet.” The intelligence, leadership skills, and drive provided a source of talent proved to make an immediate and sustained impact on GE to this day.
7. Free Relocation. Most military members will have a fully-funded relocation package from the government upon their release from active duty. That means that employers can often “recruit nationally on a local budget.” Even if you are nowhere near a military base, chances are good that we will have candidates who would be very interested in investing their valuable military move into your company.