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The Big Offensive Mistake Employers Make When Hiring Vets
Companies rightfully want to hire veterans. America's veterans have always been driven individuals with unique skills and leadership experience. But after more than a decade of complex counterinsurgency operations, today’s vets are more talented than in any era of American history.
That’s what makes the following internal hiring data of a top U.S. banking and financial services firm obtained by Task & Purpose so offensive.
The slide, which I’ve redacted the identifying information from but otherwise will print below, was titled “Enlisted Recruiting vs. Officer Recruiting.”
I will not identify the company by name because this isn’t about them. This problem is indicative of the way too many hiring managers view veterans.
Bottom line: Hire officers if you want leaders, hire enlisted vets if you want someone to work in a call center.
This type of mentality is offensive and harmful. As the person who gave me the slide, an enlisted Army veteran who attends a top-ranked university, told me: “because that’s why I joined that Army, I wanted to work in a call center eventually.”
There's nothing wrong with working in a call center, to be sure, but there is absolutely something wrong with the suggestion that the majority of military veterans don't have valued military leadership experiences or are less qualified than their officer counterparts.
It's an antiquated notion, not in keeping with the complexities of the past 12 years. Thinking of enlisted troops as the guys who blindly followed orders like "storm that machinegun nest!" wasn't true 50 years ago, but it's sure as hell not the case now.
In the modern military, every person of every rank has to have the ability to lead, to perform their duties autonomously with little to no supervision, and to think critically about everything around them.
This shift in military culture was fantastically captured by a hero of mine, former Marine Commandant Gen. Charles Krulak, in a 1999 essay in Marines Magazine called "The Strategic Corporal: Leadership in the Three Block War." In it, Krulak describes the need for an enlisted corporal to conduct and oversee counterinsurgency operations, humanitarian operations, and conventional military operations simultaneously in an urban environment in an area as small as three city blocks.
If we're going to find success for this new generation of American veterans returning home after a decade of war, we need to understand that their skills and experiences they have are unlike anything we've seen before.
Everyone who joined the military and served in Iraq and Afghanistan volunteered to be there. And many, like me, did so not out of a lack of career options, but in the interest of service and ambition. I enlisted in the Marine Corps and quickly became a noncomissioned officer because I wanted to lead. To hear from anyone, let alone a prominent company, that I don't have leadership experience is offensive and wrongheaded.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.
(Reuters Health) - While army suicides have historically decreased during wartime, that trend appears to have reversed in recent decades, a new study of U.S. records finds.
Researchers poring over nearly 200 years of data found that unlike earlier times when there was a decline in suicide rates among U.S. Army soldiers during and just after wars, the rate has risen significantly since 2004, according to the report in JAMA Network Open.