5 Jobs In Florida That Veterans Should Explore Today

The U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft soars over the northwest Florida airspace before landing at its new home at Eglin Air Force Base, July 14, 2011.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago

This week we are highlighting job opportunities with Hirepurpose partner companies located in Florida. With many veterans benefits and programs, the “Sunshine” state is one of the most military-friendly in the nation.

Florida is home to over 1.5 million veterans, the third-largest population of military alumni in the United States, after Texas and California. Taking into account a very reasonable cost of living, an upswing in hiring, a no state income tax, and the beautiful weather, veterans will surely want to explore Florida as an option for their transition to the civilian world.

1. Registered nurse in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Military nurses who are looking for a bit of freedom and flexibility will want to check out this per-diem position with Parallon located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. As one of the top healthcare staffing firms in the country, Parallon is dedicated to the recruitment and placement of veterans and their family members. Former service members who hold a current state nursing license and have at least one year of experience in an acute-care hospital setting would be ideal candidates for this role.

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2. Maintenance technician in Miami, Florida

Enterprise Holdings, a veteran-founded organization that currently employs over 78,000 people nationwide, is looking for a maintenance technician to join its team at the Orlando Airport. Since joining the ranks of the 100,000 Jobs Mission coalition in 2012, Enterprise Holdings has hired more than 6,000 military veterans and reservists. Transitioning soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who spent their time in the military performing preventative and regular maintenance on motor vehicles will be well matched for this job. A basic familiarity with computers and the ability to provide customer service is also desired.

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3. Retail sales associate in St. Petersburg, Florida

This part-time position, offered with a leading sales and marketing company, Marketsource, is responsible for sales and brand outreach for Target Mobile. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to build a good rapport with customers and be able to learn wireless product features and benefits in order to help to grow awareness of and increase sales for Target Mobile within the setting of a Target store. This role is perfect for both veterans and military spouses, as there are similar opportunities available in multiple locations across the nation, making the position extremely portable.

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4. Merchandising and pricing lead in Oviedo, Florida

Sears Holdings, honored as one of the “Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers” in 2015 by G.I. Jobs, is looking for a merchandising lead in beautiful Oviedo, Florida. Those veterans or military family members who have served in customer-facing roles and who have a knack for logistics will find their skills transferable here. A talent for “all things visual” is also needed to perform merchandise display design and setup tasks.

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5. Finance manager in Tampa, Florida

Noncommissioned and junior officers who served in military occupational specialties such as financial manager, finance officer, financial management resource analyst, financial management technician, finance specialist, or any job that required working with operational numbers and systems will definitely want to check out this position with MetLife. Founded in 1864 to ensure civil war sailors against war-related disabilities, MetLife is a leader in the insurance industry with roots in the military community. They even have a dedicated military veterans network to help those veterans transition to the civilian workforce. If you have a head for numbers, project and process management skills and a bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting you will definitely want to check this job out.

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The Marine lieutenant colonel who was removed from command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May is accused of lying to investigators looking into allegations of misconduct, according to a copy of his charge sheet provided to Task & Purpose on Monday.

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President Donald Trump just can't stop telling stories about former Defense Secretary James Mattis. This time, the president claims Mattis said U.S. troops were so perilously low on ammunition that it would be better to hold off launching a military operation.

"You know, when I came here, three years ago almost, Gen. Mattis told me, 'Sir, we're very low on ammunition,'" Trump recalled on Monday at the White House. "I said, 'That's a horrible thing to say.' I'm not blaming him. I'm not blaming anybody. But that's what he told me because we were in a position with a certain country, I won't say which one; we may have had conflict. And he said to me: 'Sir, if you could, delay it because we're very low on ammunition.'

"And I said: You know what, general, I never want to hear that again from another general," Trump continued. "No president should ever, ever hear that statement: 'We're low on ammunition.'"

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At least one Air Force base is waging a slow battle against feral hogs — and way, way more than 30-50 of them.

A Texas trapper announced on Monday that his company had removed roughly 1,200 feral hogs from Joint Base San Antonio property at the behest of the service since 2016.

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In a move that could see President Donald Trump set foot on North Korean soil again, Kim Jong Un has invited the U.S. leader to Pyongyang, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday, as the North's Foreign Ministry said it expected stalled nuclear talks to resume "in a few weeks."

A letter from Kim, the second Trump received from the North Korean leader last month, was passed to the U.S. president during the third week of August and came ahead of the North's launch of short-range projectiles on Sept. 10, the South's Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing multiple people familiar with the matter.

In the letter, Kim expressed his willingness to meet the U.S. leader for another summit — a stance that echoed Trump's own remarks just days earlier.

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Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

On April 14, 2018, two B-1B Lancer bombers fired off payloads of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles against weapons storage plants in western Syria, part of a shock-and-awe response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his citizens that also included strikes from Navy destroyers and submarines.

In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.

A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.

The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.

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