Why we believe you should be hiring veterans

As a company that’s passionate about the job space for veterans, we thought it would be useful for employers looking to create jobs for veterans, or looking to start hiring veterans for us to share our insights on this topic. In this post, we’ll delve into ten benefits that veterans bring to the workplace. Having interacted with numerous business leaders and veterans, we’ve witnessed first-hand the exceptional qualities these individuals offer.

Their unique experiences, honed skills, and unparalleled dedication are assets that can significantly enhance any organization’s dynamics. From their problem-solving abilities to their leadership qualities, veterans embody a wealth of attributes that are often hard to find in the civilian workforce.

So, let’s explore these ten compelling reasons together. We will show you why bringing veterans into your team is not just a noble gesture, but a strategic business decision that can lead to incredible success and growth.

Mark Elliott, Head of Military and Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase: “As a firm, we have pledged to support and nurture the talent and potential of veterans and their families who bring so much value to our communities and our business.” JPMorgan Chase

1. Exceptional Leadership and Teamwork Skills

In our experience, military service inherently develops strong leaders. Veterans are trained to lead by example, take initiative, and motivate teams often placed in high-stress, high-stakes environments.

We know that veterans are skilled at decision-making, delegating tasks, and fostering a collaborative team environment. All of which are invaluable assets in any business setting.

From day one of their service, military personnel are trained to assess complex situations, and rapidly and make crucial choices with efficiency. We believe that this ability is invaluable for companies who may wish to consider hiring veterans, into a fast-paced corporate environment.

Crisis management and resilience

We also believe this extends to crisis management and resilience. Veterans are seasoned in maintaining their composure and making sound decisions even in high-pressure scenarios. Such resilience is indispensable in civilian workplaces, particularly when navigating difficult periods and bouncing back from challenges.

This combination of decision-making acumen, and resilience positions veterans as the perfect fit in any organisation. Especially in jobs that require quick thinking and steady leadership.

Military training emphasizes leading by example, a practice that veterans always bring into the business environment, as this approach not only fosters a culture of accountability and commitment, but also inspires their civilian colleagues to strive for excellence. This is why some of the biggest companies in the world develop military networks to encourage veterans to work for them.

Leadership Gained Through Experience.

Understanding the critical role of morale, especially under challenging circumstances, is where veterans excel. As they are able to motivate and inspiring their colleagues. Their experience in maintaining team spirit in diverse and often stressful environments translates seamlessly into boosting productivity and positivity in the workplace.

Laughing in the face of adversity comes second nature to military personnel. No mater how bad a situation could be, a joke is never far away! In fact, motivation and morale building in the military is so effective, many leaders in the corporation training in space are veterans for this exact reason.

Marine in Operations Tent

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Imagine this…

If you are reading this as a non military corporate leader, imagine having leaders and team members around you. That not only inspire others, but would do whatever it takes to complete the tasks they are set. I don’t know of a single large organisation in the world that wouldn’t want this.

The success of a mission often hinges on the reliability and mutual support of each team member. The military environment is characterized by its diverse personnel, and teaches veterans to collaborate effectively with individuals from various backgrounds, and therefore be respectful of diversity.

This experience is invaluable in today’s globalized business setting. Where understanding and respecting different perspectives and cultures can drive innovation and growth.


The role of a military leader extends far beyond mere command. It encompasses the role of a mentor who is necessary in the growth and development of team members. By acting as mentors, veterans can contribute significantly to building a workforce.

Their insights and experiences become tools for employee development. They excel in recognizing hidden talents and strengths within their teams and are adept at providing the support and resources needed for their colleagues to develop these skills further.

2. Discipline and Reliability

At the heart of military training lies a deep-rooted emphasis on discipline and reliability. These virtues are ingrained in service members and play a pivotal role in shaping their approach to any task. This makes them an invaluable assets in a civilian work setting.

It makes no difference which service veterans trained with. They will all have to endue basic training which installs these disciplines from day one. Every veteran can remember their first day, we guarantee that!

Discipline in the military is not merely about adherence to rules. It’s a mindset that permeates every aspect of a service member’s life, fostering a consistent, high-performance work ethic.

This disciplined approach ensures that veterans execute tasks with precision and efficiency. This is a trait particularly beneficial in roles that demand meticulous attention to detail such as engineering, finance, data analysis, plus many more.

Veterans have a ingrained sense of responsibility

Reliability is not just encouraged, but mandated in military life right from their initial training. Service members are conditioned to be dependable. A quality that translates directly into their civilian roles where employers can trust veterans to not only show up on time, but also to complete their duties effectively. Contributing to operational continuity of the business.

This ingrained sense of responsibility means that veterans are adept at taking ownership of their actions and decisions. Such a culture of accountability and trust is invaluable in any business environment.

We’ve also seen the presence of disciplined and reliable veterans in a team extends beyond their individual contributions. Their high standards of discipline and reliability often serve as an inspiration, elevating the performance of their civilian colleagues.

3. Adaptability and Quick Learning

In our experience, veterans, with their military background. They bring a unique adaptability and an ability to learn quickly in civilian workplaces. These traits, ingrained through diverse and dynamic experiences in the service, are invaluable in the ever-evolving landscape of modern business.

In our interactions with veterans, we’ve learned that when on operations, no two days can be the same. This experience becomes second nature for them to adapt and overcome! During their service, we’ve observed that veterans often undertake various roles, equipping them with a versatile skill set that seamlessly transitions to different tasks and positions in civilian sectors.

This versatility means they can handle a wide array of responsibilities, adapting to new roles with ease. For us, this adaptability is not just beneficial; it’s a game-changer in the way we approach business challenges and opportunities.

Hiring Veterans Example:

Let’s us share a hypothetical example with you from a veterans perspective.

Let’s say you served as a sergeant in the Marines. During your time in service, you might have been responsible for a variety of tasks. Ranging from logistics coordination to team leadership and strategic planning. This exposure to diverse roles honed your skills in areas such as communication, organization, and problem-solving. Upon leaving the military, you could of transitioned into a civilian role as an operations manager at a manufacturing company.

Your military experience, particularly in logistics and team management, equipped you with the necessary skills to excel in this new environment. You are adept at optimizing processes, managing a diverse team, and ensuring that operations ran smoothly and efficiently.

Big companies hiring Veterans

There is a reason why companies like Amazon have a big internal military network. It’s because they already know this, and actively recruit veterans for the skill sets veterans have and will talk about.

“At Amazon we’re constantly looking for leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and who want to deliver for customers. Those principles look very familiar to the men and women who served our country in the armed forces.”  Jeff Bazos

Veterans have adaptable skill sets and make great leaders

By hiring veterans, businesses gain not just employees with a robust and adaptable skill set but also leaders, capable of steering success in an ever-changing corporate landscape. Veterans are more than just skilled workers. They are innovators, problem-solvers, and forward thinkers who can significantly contribute to the growth and success of any organization.

The adaptability and quick learning capabilities of veterans make them invaluable assets. They bring a diverse skill set, enabling them to handle varied roles, thrive in dynamic settings, assimilate new information rapidly, creatively solve problems, and adeptly embrace technological and procedural changes. The military environment is inherently dynamic and unpredictable. Its a setting that prepares veterans to thrive in similar civilian job settings.

Businesses that are fast-paced and subject to frequent changes find veterans particularly adept at maintaining high performance standards. Key to their adaptability is veterans’ ability to rapidly acquire new skill sets and knowledge, and swiftly processing and integrating new information. This accelerated learning curve is crucial in the civilian job market.

Veterans are creative problem solvers

In the face of complex military challenges, we’ve seen veterans develop a remarkable ability for creative problem-solving. This is otherwise known as ‘thinking on our feet’. This skill is invaluable for businesses that are constantly on the lookout for innovative solutions and fresh perspectives.

Additionally, the military often requires operating with limited resources. It  teaches personnel to maximize what’s available, and this resourcefulness is a crucial skill in civilian business contexts. Effective resource management can be the difference between success and failure.

In today’s era of rapid technological advancements and evolving business practices, the ability of veterans to adapt to change is a significant asset. Many veterans come with hands-on experience in advanced military technology. This equips them to quickly adapt to new technological tools in the civilian workforce.

Their experience in change management makes them particularly beneficial for organizations experiencing transitions, implementing new processes, or aiming to innovate. Their ability to manage and adapt to change, both technologically and organizationally, is a key driver in navigating today’s dynamic business climate.

4. Strong Problem-Solving Skills.

Veterans are renowned for their strong problem-solving abilities, a crucial skill in any workplace. Gained from their unique military experiences, these skills enable them to expertly analyze situations, assess risks, and find effective solutions sometimes under intense pressure.

We’ll give you some hypothetical examples on how veterans can apply the skills. Honed during their service in various civilian roles.

High-Pressure Decision Making

Military service often requires making critical decisions swiftly, particularly in situations with little margin for error.

This prepares veterans to make sound and timely decisions in the business world, where similar pressures and stakes can exist.


Let’s give you a hypothetical example…

Let’s imagine that you’ve just had a resume land on your desk from a  former Army platoon leader. During her military service, she frequently encountered high-stakes situations demanding swift and decisive action.

Individuals with these skill sets make perfect crisis management managers or even consultants. Why? Well in this type of role, you are often called upon to make critical decisions during corporate crises. Such as data breaches or major PR issues.

This is purely an example. But we hope by now you are starting to see how value and how compatible veterans skill sets are.

Strategic Thinking

Veterans receive training in strategic planning and execution. This equips them with the foresight to anticipate potential issues and plan effectively in a civilian business context.

In the military, problem-solving often requires innovative and creative thinking, particularly in resource-constrained environments.

  • Veterans develop the skills to think outside the box and devise innovative solutions to overcome challenges.
  • They also excel in adaptability, finding solutions despite changing circumstances, an advantage to have in any dynamic business environments.

Team-Based Problem-Solving Dynamics

Military operations are frequently team-based, with success relying on the group’s collective problem-solving abilities. This experience translates well into civilian employment, where veterans:

  • Excel in collaborative problem-solving, bringing a sense of camaraderie and collective effort to workplace challenges.
  • Are effective communicators, ensuring that solutions and ideas are clearly conveyed and understood within teams.
  • Veterans will have developed the skills to think outside the box and devise innovative solutions to problems.

Analytical Skills and Attention to Detail

The military’s focus on detailed analysis and thorough planning is critical. Veterans learn to dissect complex scenarios, a skill that translates into strong analytical abilities in business.

Let’s give you another hypothetical example….

Let’s say you’re thinking about hiring a former intelligence officer, who served in the Navy. During their time, they could have been responsible for analyzing vast amounts of intelligence data to identify potential threats and inform mission strategies.

This type of skill set makes them ideal to transition into a career as a financial analyst for a any major investment bank. In this role, they will be able to apply their finely tuned analytical abilities to dissect intricate financial data and market trends, perhaps even indicating significant financial opportunities or risks.

5. Outstanding work ethic.

When you need to rely on someone to get the job done, you can always count on a veteran to have laser like focus. With outstanding work ethic, these qualities translate into several key advantages for employers.

In the disciplined and structured environment of the military, (which remains ingrained in most veterans even after they leave). Means they continue to work to a very high standard. This isn’t just encouraged, but expected.

Not forgetting that rigorous military lifestyle instils disciplined work habits. Such as turning up on time, being very organized and being able to follow procedures. I’m pretty sure most organizations would benefit these habits.

The strong sense of camaraderie and team spirit in the military also translates into a robust team orientation in civilian jobs. Veterans often bring a collaborative ethic to their roles. With a strong understanding of the importance of working together towards shared goals is the best way.

Remember, on military operations veterans never asked for breaks because they worked over their shift times. They never complained because they were working seven days a week. If an important mission relied on them to ‘get the job done’, they just made sure they did.

Does your business have an outstanding work ethic where a veteran will fit right in? Then look at our very simple process to post a job and let us know how it works out for you.

6. Technical Jobs That Are Perfect For Veterans.

If your business or organization is in the ‘tech space’ you might be thinking how would a veteran fit into my organization? Well, a lot of people seem to forget that our military have access to some of the most advanced technology. Some veterans may have worked on technology that doesn’t even officially exist.

In this section we’ll explore the depth of military technical training. Hopefully will highlight to you its relevance and adaptability in civilian jobs.

Cybersecurity in Military Intelligence Units:

First up we have military intelligence units, such as the Army’s Cyber Corps or the Navy’s Cryptologic Warfare community. These personnel undergo extensive training in cybersecurity. They learn about encryption, network security, and cyber warfare tactics.

One example could be a Navy Cryptologic Technician who specializes in network defense, learning to identify and counter cyber threats. This training is directly applicable to civilian roles in cybersecurity, where protecting network infrastructures and sensitive data is crucial. Add in the fact that they may have top security clearances makes them a very valuable resource.

Information Technology in Signal Corps

In branches like the Army Signal Corps, soldiers are trained in maintaining and operating the Army’s communication systems. They learn about satellite communications, computer networking, and information systems management.

As an example, a sergeant in the Signal Corps might be responsible for setting up and securing mobile command posts’ IT infrastructure. They ensure reliable and secure communication channels during missions. These skills are highly transferable to civilian IT roles, especially in areas requiring network management and information systems security.

Engineering in the Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers provides extensive training in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Personnel in these units might work on projects like constructing military bases, bridges, or roads in challenging environments. Again, without sounding like a broken record, this experience translates very well into civilian engineering roles. Particularly as jobs in the this sector are in high demand.

Telecommunications in the Marine Communications Units:

Marines in communications units receive specialized training in telecommunications equipment and systems. They might learn about radio frequency communication, satellite systems, and digital data transmission.

As an example. A sergeant in a Marine Communications unit could have skills in setting up and managing field communications networks under challenging conditions. In civilian roles, these skills are valuable in telecommunications companies, particularly in roles focused on network operations and field communications.

Healthcare Technology in Military Medical Services:

In the military medical services, such as the Army Medical Service Corps or the Navy’s Hospital Corpsman program. Personnel receive specialized training in various healthcare technologies. This training could include operating sophisticated medical equipment, managing healthcare information systems, or even engaging in telemedicine services.

For example, a Navy Hospital Corpsman might be trained in using advanced diagnostic equipment like portable ultrasound machines in field conditions. They learn not only how to operate these devices but also how to perform basic maintenance and troubleshoot under less-than-ideal circumstances. This hands-on experience with cutting-edge medical technology is crucial in combat and remote areas. Where quick medical assessment and action can save lives.

In civilian roles, these veterans can find opportunities as medical technicians, healthcare IT specialists, or in roles involving the operation and management of medical equipment. Their ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot complex medical devices is a significant asset, especially in high-pressure healthcare environments. Additionally, their experience in managing patient data and healthcare information systems can be beneficial in roles focusing on healthcare informatics.

Nuclear Operations in the Navy:

One of the most rigorous and technically demanding fields in the military is Nuclear Operations, particularly in the Navy. Sailors in the Navy’s Nuclear Operations program undergo an extremely challenging training regime. One that combines intensive classroom instruction with hands-on experience. The curriculum covers nuclear physics, reactor engineering, thermodynamics, and chemistry, among other subjects.

A good example here is a Navy Nuclear Machinist’s Mate, who is responsible for operating and maintaining the nuclear propulsion systems on submarines and aircraft carriers. This role demands a deep understanding of reactor dynamics, coolant systems, and radiation safety. The level of expertise acquired in this program is comparable to that gained in civilian nuclear engineering programs.

However, the added dimension of operating in constrained and highly disciplined military environments, like submarines, adds a unique aspect to this training. Upon transitioning to civilian life, veterans with this background are exceptionally well-prepared for roles in the civilian nuclear energy sector. Their skills are directly transferable to positions such as nuclear reactor operators, technicians, or safety specialists. Their deep understanding of nuclear systems, coupled with their ingrained discipline and attention to safety protocols, makes them valuable assets in civilian nuclear power plants.

Avionics and Aircraft Maintenance:

In the realm of military technical training, avionics and aircraft maintenance stand out as areas where precision, expertise, and a rigorous approach to training are paramount. The skills and knowledge that service members acquire in these fields are a testament to the advanced technical training provided by the military. They hold significant value in civilian aviation and aerospace sectors. Personnel in military avionics and aircraft maintenance roles undergo extensive training that covers a wide array of systems and technologies.

Hypothetical Example

For example, Air Force Avionics Technicians are trained to work on highly sophisticated aircraft electronics, encompassing navigation systems, radar, and communication equipment. Similarly, Aircraft Maintenance Technicians in the Navy might specialize in the upkeep and repair of complex aircraft components. These include engines, hydraulics, and pneumatics systems just to name a few.

Upon transitioning to civilian careers, veterans with training in avionics and aircraft maintenance are highly sought after in the aviation and aerospace industries. Their skills in troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing sophisticated aircraft systems are directly transferable to civilian roles such as commercial aircraft technicians, avionics technicians, and even perhaps aerospace engineers.

Their deep understanding of aircraft systems, coupled with their experience in maintaining operational readiness and adhering to strict safety protocols, makes them valuable in commercial aviation. Safety and reliability are of utmost importance.

These examples illustrate how the specialized technical training veterans receive in the military is not just relevant but often cutting-edge. Making them well-suited for various high-demand technical roles in the civilian workforce. Some of these skill sets are extremely hard to hire as the competition is fierce. So get ahead of your competitors and start post jobs on here today! The cost of a post compared to the training and experience they receive is tiny, so post a job now and see the results.

7. The Strategic Advantage of Veterans’ With Security and Risk Management Skills.

Just in case it wasn’t obvious, veterans are well-versed in security protocols and risk assessment. Employing a veteran could mean that  he or she brings a lot of experience and can naturally contribute to the safety and security of your workplace. This could include physical security, data protection, or operational risk management.

Let’s look at how veterans’ expertise in security and risk management can be leveraged in civilian careers.

Financial Risk Analysis

The training of intelligence officers often includes a deep focus on analyzing potential threats and vulnerabilities, with a keen emphasis on risk assessment and mitigation strategies.

This specialized training is extremely pertinent and translatable to the financial sector, where the management of financial risks is a cornerstone of stability and success.


Let’s give you an example. Military Intelligence Officers are trained to understand and evaluate a spectrum of risks, from geopolitical threats to operational vulnerabilities.

This involves a thorough analysis of complex data, identifying potential weak points, and developing comprehensive strategies to mitigate these risks. As a further example, the Intelligence Officer might be tasked with assessing the security risks to a military bases, financial assets or even supply chain logistics. All of this requires a detailed understanding of both the broader strategic context, and specific operational details.

Upon transitioning to civilian life, veterans with this background are exceptionally well-prepared for roles in financial risk analysis, Why? Because their military training in identifying and mitigating risks, becomes directly applicable to roles such as Compliance Officers.

Veterans can also excel as Compliance Officers, ensuring that a company adheres to both internal policies and external legal and regulatory requirements. Their experience in thorough risk assessment and adherence to strict protocols in the military translates well into ensuring compliance in financial operations.

As a further example could be Naval Intelligence Officer who specialized in analyzing threats to supply chains and logistical operations.

In the military, this officer would have developed a keen ability to identify vulnerabilities and implement countermeasures to protect assets. Transitioning to a civilian role, this individual’s skill set is highly applicable in a financial institution, where they could oversee the risk assessment of supply chain financing or manage operational risks in corporate banking.

Corporate Security Management

Military training in police units or security operations encompasses a comprehensive curriculum in physical security, surveillance, and emergency response.

The skills developed in these areas are highly relevant and transferable to corporate security management roles in the civilian sector, where safeguarding personnel and assets is a top priority.

Service members in military police units or security operations are trained in a variety of critical skills: Service members in military police units or security operations are trained in a variety of critical skills such as:

Physical Security

This includes training in securing facilities and sensitive areas, using surveillance systems, and implementing access controls.

A veteran who served in a military police unit would be adept at overseeing a corporation’s physical security measures. They could manage security protocols, oversee the operation of surveillance systems, and implement access control measures to protect company assets.

In which case they would be well suited to become security managers in large corporations.

Surveillance Techniques

Personnel learn advanced surveillance methods, which include both technological and human intelligence gathering.

Although not immediately obvious a job as a risk mitigation strategists could be a good fit, as they would be drawing on their comprehensive security training, where they can develop strategies to mitigate various risks. This could involve analyzing potential threats, conducting security audits, and advise on best practices for risk.

Emergency Response

Military training also covers rapid response to various emergencies, including natural disasters, security breaches, and other crisis scenarios.

Therefore a civilian role such as an emergency response coordinator would be a perfect fit as their experience in emergency response can be crucial in developing and managing corporate emergency response plans.

This includes preparing for various crisis scenarios and coordinating responses to ensure minimal disruption and safety of personnel.

Consider a service member who served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in a military police unit, responsible for base security and coordination of rapid response teams. This individual’s expertise in security operations and emergency management would make them an ideal candidate for a corporate security manager in a civilian company.

In this role, they could oversee the security of corporate facilities, coordinate with local law enforcement, and develop comprehensive emergency response protocols.

Health and Safety Oversight

Veterans often receive extensive training in health and safety protocols, which is a vital aspect of military operations. This training is directly applicable to civilian roles that require maintaining and managing a safe working environment such as:

  1. Occupational Health and Safety: This includes understanding and implementing safety protocols to prevent workplace injuries and accidents.
  2. Emergency Medical Training: Many service members receive basic to advanced medical training, equipping them to handle medical emergencies.
  3. Hazardous Materials Handling: Training often covers the safe handling and disposal of hazardous materials, a skill crucial in industries like manufacturing and construction.


OK, let’s give you an example to really hit a home run here: Transition to a Civilian Safety Role, one example could be a veteran who served as a safety officer in the military, responsible for overseeing the adherence to safety protocols in a large military facility.

This role would involve regular safety audits, emergency preparedness training, and incident management. Transitioning to a civilian career, this veteran could take up a role as a Health and Safety Manager in a manufacturing plant. In this role they would apply their extensive knowledge in overseeing the plant’s safety programs, conducting regular safety training for employees, and ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety standards.

Imagine having a team member who treats your company’s security and risk management with the same seriousness as national security. Sounds impressive, right? Well, that’s what you get when you hire a veteran.

These are individuals who have operated in environments where a lapse in security or a miscalculated risk could mean life or death. Now, they’re ready to bring that level of dedication and expertise to your organization.

So, the next time you see a veteran’s application, remember: it’s an opportunity to reinforce your ranks with some of the best and brightest in security and risk management.

Obviously we are biased, but with very good reasons which is why we are shouting from the rooftops how amazing veterans are so get your jobs on this website. Lets start recruiting veterans into your organization right now! In 4 easy steps you can get your first job posted

8. Embracing the Global and Cultural Awareness of Veterans in Civilian Careers.

In today’s interconnected business world, global and cultural awareness isn’t just a nice-to-have; it’s a significant competitive edge.

That means that businesses are looking for team members who can navigate diverse cultural landscapes with ease and insight. That’s where Veterans, with their unique blend of global experiences and cultural competencies, are perfectly poised to fill this gap.

In this section we’ll delve into the various aspects of how hiring veterans can bring global experiences and cultural awareness that you can leverage to enhance your business operations.

Application in International Business Strategy

Veterans who have often operated in a variety of global settings means they have first-hand insight into different cultures and market environments.

Their experience in regions with complex geopolitical landscapes gives veterans a keen understanding of how these factors can impact business operations. This makes them crucial to have on your team when dealing with international markets.

A hypothetical example

Let’s say as a veteran you served in various roles across Asia and the Middle East.

During this service, you may have developed a deep understanding of these regions’ cultural, economic, and political landscapes. You may have been involved in collaborative efforts with local authorities and international agencies, honing your skills in diplomacy and cross-cultural communication.

After leaving the military behind and becoming a veteran, your skills and first hand experience make you the perfect fit as a International Business Strategist.

You could help advise companies on expansion strategies in these regions, as you’ll have valuable insights into local business practices. Perhaps even helping to navigate geopolitical risks and cultural barriers.

9. The Pillars of Integrity and Accountability.

In the realm of business, integrity and accountability stand as key pillars for success and sustainability. These values, are also ingrained in military personnel through rigorous training and discipline. They’re not just buzzwords but essential traits for maintaining a strong, ethical, and effective organization.

With that said, let’s explore why these values are so integral to military training, how they translate into the business world, and why veterans are perfectly suited to uphold these principles in any corporate setting.

Honesty and Trustworthiness

Military personnel are trained to uphold the highest standards of honesty in all aspects of their duties, and this ranges from reporting the status of a mission accurately, regardless of the outcome, to being truthful in interpersonal communications within the team.

The military environment fosters a culture where honesty is intertwined with responsibility and accountability, where soldiers are taught that their words and actions directly impact the safety and success of their comrades and missions.

In a business context, honesty translates into several key advantages, including but not limited too:

Reliability in Reporting:

Veterans are likely to provide accurate and truthful reports on work progress, challenges, and results. This is crucial for effective management and decision-making.

Building a Trustful Environment:

Having team members who are consistently honest fosters a culture of trust within the organization. This is key for effective teamwork, open communication, and a positive workplace atmosphere.

Ethical Leadership:

Veterans often take leadership roles in civilian jobs. Their honesty and ethical standards can set a positive example for other employees, promoting ethical behavior throughout the organization.

Risk Management:

Honesty in acknowledging mistakes or identifying potential problems helps in timely risk management. Being upfront about issues can prevent minor problems from escalating into major crises.

Customer and Stakeholder Trust:

With this value, any interaction with customers or stakeholders, can be stronger, creating more trusting relationships.

Adherence to Legal and Ethical Standards:

Ensuring adherence to legal and ethical standards, which is vital in today’s business environment where compliance and corporate governance are critical.

Integrity as a Core Value

From the moment military recruits begin their training, they are immersed in a culture where integrity is paramount. This emphasis is not accidental, it is deliberate and purposeful, recognizing that in high-stress, high-stakes environments, integrity can make the difference between success and failure, and sometimes, life and death.

You need to know that the high-stakes nature of military operations means that every action has significant consequences. A lapse in integrity can lead to mission failure, endanger lives, or damage the trust and cohesion essential in military units.

How can this fit into your business or organisation I hear you ask? Well, all of this is crucial for effective teamwork and mission success. Combine that with a unwavering adherence to doing the right thing, even in challenging circumstances or when no one is watching, is what sets them apart. If that isn’t a good enough reason to hire a Veteran I don’t know what is…

Accountability in the Chain of Command.

The strict chain of command that governs military units is built on the bedrock of accountability, ensuring that every member, regardless of rank, is responsible for their actions. This sense of accountability is crucial for the success of missions and the cohesion of the team.

When veterans transition to civilian careers, they bring this ingrained sense of accountability with them. In a corporate setting, this translates to employees who are reliable, responsible, and committed to their roles. They understand the importance of being answerable for their actions and decisions, a trait that is highly valuable in any business environment.

Courage to Speak Up

Courage is not solely about bravery in combat; it extends to the moral and ethical realm, where service members are often confronted with situations that require them to speak up against wrongdoing.

This being ingrained in veterans gives them the understanding that true leadership and integrity often require the courage to voice concerns when faced with something that doesn’t seem right or isn’t going to work.

Ready to tap into this talent pool? Get started here.

10. Understanding Government Incentives for Hiring Veterans.

If you feel like you still need some convincing to either create jobs for veterans or start hiring veterans, then this section will ‘seal the deal’, we have no doubt about that!

We have gone through a lot of the positive character traits that veterans will bring to a company, but this will be the section that will get the accountants, and CFO’s (Chief Financial Officers) excited.

Why? Well the Government give incentives for companies to hire veterans and therefore anyone reading this who are struggling to get veterans into their business send your CFO a link to this section.

In this section we give a detailed overview of major points with references to official government websites and other sources for you to investigate further.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit program designed to encourage employers to hire individuals from certain target groups. Especially those who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. This program offers a financial incentive to employers to diversify their workforce by employing individuals from these groups.

For veterans, the WOTC specifically aims to facilitate their transition into the civilian workforce. They can face challenges in finding employment after their service, particularly if they have service-connected disabilities. Or have been unemployed for extended periods. By providing tax credits to employers who hire these veterans. The WOTC helps to mitigate these employment barriers, making it more advantageous for businesses to hire veterans.

The amount of credit that an employer can claim depends on several factors

These include the duration of the veteran’s unemployment before being hired. Whether the veteran has a service-connected disability, and the number of hours worked during the first year of employment.

The maximum credit ranges from $1,500 to $9,600 per eligible veteran hired. Every account has now sat up straight in their seat, so read on as it gets better!

The WOTC not only assists veterans in gaining employment. But also provides a tangible financial benefit to employers, making it a mutually beneficial program. So those who run the finances in businesses can integrate these tax credits into their financial planning and strategies to optimize their company’s tax position.

So who exactly are eligible under the WOTC programme?

  • Unemployment Duration: Veterans who have been unemployed for a certain period before being hired. This includes those unemployed for at least four weeks but less than six months. Those also unemployed for six months or more in the year before their hiring date.
  • Disabled Veterans: This includes veterans entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability. Hired within a year of being discharged or released from active duty. Can also include those unemployed for at least six months in the year before their hiring date. A company can receive up to $4,800 tax credits for hiring veterans with a service-connected disability hired within a year of discharge. They could also claim up to $9,600 for hiring long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities
  • SNAP Recipients: Veterans with a family member receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for at least three months during the veteran’s first year of employment.


What are the tax credit amounts that an employer can receive under WOTC?

Well it depends on the veteran’s employment situation. We discussed disabled veterans above, but companies who employ short-term unemployed veterans receive credit of 40% of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for hiring veterans unemployed for at least 4 weeks.

For veterans that are Long Term unemployed, meaning they have been unemployed for more than 6 months. Then a credit of 40% of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) is applied.

Here’s an example

John Smith, a former Marine who served for 8 years and then struggled to find civilian employment. He remained jobless for 9 months post-discharge, ABC Corporations’ decision to hire him as a Project Manager for $60,000 a year unlocks significant benefits under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

Given his status as a long-term unemployed veteran with a service-connected disability. ABC Corporations’ is poised to claim a substantial tax credit. Specifically, the WOTC allows for a credit of 40% of the first $24,000 of wages for hiring a veteran like John, who falls under this category.

This means ABC Corporation could claim up to $9,600 as a tax credit. This financial incentive not only aids John in his transition to a civilian career but also offers ABC Corp a meaningful reduction in their tax liability, effectively balancing social responsibility with financial prudence.

What are you waiting for? Start hiring veterans

So, we think you’ll agree that we have made a compelling argument as to why you should be either creating jobs for veterans or hiring veterans into your organization. But, if you’re still sat on the fence let’s take you through a number of key studies, and research that has been conducted that backs up the what this article even further.

Key Studies

In this ever evolving world of diversity, the US military is proud that according to the latest published data by the Military One Source, 31.2% of active- duty members identify with racial minority groups, of which 18.4% of active-duty members are Hispanic or Latino, which strengthens the corporate move towards diversity and inclusion for all. With 1.2 million on active duty, this is a significant number of which our Military and country can be proud of.

Significant benefits of hiring veterans

The worlds largest asset manager, Blackrock, conducted a study calledThe making of long term capitalism and in this published article highlighted the significant benefits of hiring veterans and promoting diversity within company boards.

Companies that employ more veterans not only see improved performance but also contribute positively to local communities, including better employment and health outcomes.

This ‘double bottom line’ effect is further evidenced in the private sector, where government contractors with higher veteran employment rates secure more contracts, generating new revenue streams. Furthermore, there’s a noticeable correlation between higher veteran hiring rates and reduced healthcare needs for veterans in those states.

If you would like to read more on these please see the below research papers which we based some of the content in our articles on, and we conclude with asking you to go to our register page and to sign up and post your jobs.

Even if the job(s) are not specific to a veteran in particular,  I think you will be surprized by the response of high calibre applicants you may get.

Research papers:

Skills and Knowledge: Veterans bring a unique set of skills and knowledge to civilian organizations. Their military experience often includes leadership, teamwork, and the ability to work under pressure. These attributes are valuable in a corporate environment, contributing positively to organizational culture and competitive advantage (Haynie, 2021).

Soft Social Skills: Veterans possess important soft skills, such as effective communication and behavior management, which are beneficial in the workplace. These skills contribute to personal and team growth, helping veterans to find meaning in their civilian work (Hayes & Hogan, 2021).

Financial Benefits for Companies: Research has shown that companies hiring veterans/reservists experience higher financial returns. Firms identified as “military friendly” demonstrated statistically significant higher stock returns compared to firms not recognized as such (Pollak, Arshanapalli & Hobson, 2019).

Positive Impact in Specific Industries: In industries like construction, veterans contribute significantly due to their strong work ethic, teamwork, leadership skills, resilience, and problem-solving abilities (Briggs, Azhar & Khalfan, 2020).

Retention Challenges and Solutions: While hiring veterans offers many benefits, retaining them can be a challenge. Companies like Walmart have developed effective models to help veterans transition from military to civilian careers, addressing cultural differences and integrating veterans into corporate culture (Eiler, Nygren, Olivarez & Profit, 2021).