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Transitioning and advancing in the civilian workforce offers more opportunity than pitfalls for military veterans. The civilian career transition is the opportunity to build on your experience, find a new career, discover a passion in a new field, find a place to call home, and learn how to excel in a new corporate culture. Gallup found that one of the leading challenges for companies is hiring engaging employees and good managers. According to Gallup, “The best managers are gifted with the ability to inspire employees, drive outcomes, overcome adversity, hold people accountable, build strong relationships, and make tough decisions based on performance rather than politics.” Know anyone with these skill sets?
Yes, military service members.
However, one of the areas that can trip up military veterans in their career transition is worrying about stereotypes that civilians-en-masse may or may not have of military culture. Veterans can become consumed with worry trying to anticipate real or perceived stereotypes that hiring managers or their civilian bosses have about military service, post traumatic stress, combat service, political disagreements, etc. One realization that veterans must understand immediately is that we never will be able to cognitively dissuade everyone, in whatever position or capacity, out of stereotyping. The secret is to ignore the stereotypes and focus on your value and what you can do for your new organization.
When I first entered into the infantry and special forces, people loved to joke about my 5-foot-6-inch height --- from behind, I literally looked like a “rucksack with feet” since you could not see my head, arms, or legs. To overcome the size stereotype, I focused on becoming the best. I focused on running faster, being stronger, leading better, and so on. My performance spoke for me and my reputation when everyone on my team stood at least six inches (or more) taller than me. Once I showed my abilities, performance, and passion, my size was never an issue in the field or on deployments. This is exactly what veterans have to do in the workplace. Demonstrate a passion to perform, apply your military experience to your new profession, lead when no one is telling you to, and excel in every area. Sounds a lot like being in the military.
There are steps that you can take immediately to draw attention to the value that you bring to the workplace. First, business people love competitive intelligence gleaned from public sources, but no one knows how to create a business competitive intelligence program. Create a competitive intelligence report and distribute it to key leaders in marketing, sales, operations, supply, and finance. Second, conduct a risk assessment of your workplace to make a safer working environment. Use the standard military risk assessment of identifying hazards and create risk mitigations for implementation. In a day, you can make a safer environment for your company and colleagues.
Think of how military skills can be utilized to train people, engage employees, cut costs, make products better, and help your company react to the competition. These are all abilities that every veteran has no matter rank or branch of service and they will make an immediate impact in a business environment.
In the workplace, how you translate your military experience into competitive work traits matters. What people initially think of you or your background does not matter --- it should not be your focus, so don’t worry about it. Today, start with, “I can do …” and not, “What do people think …” Military experience is a positive differentiator of career success --- make today the first step.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Trump: $6.1 billion in DoD money going to border wall wasn’t for anything that seemed ‘too important to me’
President Donald Trump claims the $6.1 billion from the Defense Department's budget that he will now spend on his border wall was not going to be used for anything "important."
Trump announced on Friday that he was declaring a national emergency, allowing him to tap into military funding to help pay for barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."
D-Day veteran James McCue died a hero. About 500 strangers made sure of it.
"It's beautiful," Army Sgt. Pete Rooney said of the crowd that gathered in the cold and stood on the snow Thursday during McCue's burial. "I wish it happened for every veteran's funeral."