3 Ways Morgan Stanley Shows Loyalty And Commitment To Its Veteran Employees


“My father gave us two things we were never allowed to do,” Brent Crouch says. “The first was ride a motorcycle and the second was join the Army. So I dropped out of college and enlisted in the navy so I could see the world and serve my country.” This very first transition set him up for several smooth career transitions later on.

After four years in the Navy, serving as an operations specialist and a search and rescue swimmer, Crouch went to college at the University of Massachusetts while working full-time. He graduated with a degree in political science – debt free – and started working at a local retail bank.

Find your passion

The paradoxes are strong in Crouch’s history. Operations specialist and search and rescue swimmer. Political science degree to Financial Advisor. But he’s been able to pull from each of his experiences and create a very successful career path. “One of the biggest things veterans struggle with is the transition he said. “Veterans are constantly thinking ‘Why would someone want to hire me?’ And learning how to explain your experience in a way that civilian employers can understand is the answer.”

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Crouch does this in a unique way right off the bat using LinkedIn. “What does a Financial Advisor have in common with a Search and Rescue Swimmer, a Retail Banker and a Business Development Manager? In my case, the thread that connects my career with my previous jobs is a passion for helping people and teams succeed,” it reads. Right away, you’re intrigued and want to learn more – which is the point.

“When you can articulate your story, it gives you a sense of confidence that helps with interviewing,” Crouch said. Learning how to tell your story and how to apply your experience to the job you want, is most of the battle of transition.

Longevity and loyalty

When working in a local bank became limiting, Crouch started looking at options, “I jumped at the opportunity to work as a Financial Advisor,” he said. “And Morgan Stanley gave me the opportunity to work as one. When it comes to financial and wealth management – it’s all we do, and in my opinion no one does it better.”

Crouch has worked for Morgan Stanley for over ten years and has no desire to go anywhere else. “If [financial management] that’s what you want to do, you want to be at the place like Morgan Stanley,” he said. His loyalty to Morgan Stanley is matched by their commitment to veterans.

“It’s been really nice to see how they think of veterans during the transition and hiring process,” Crouch said. As the Veterans Outreach Coordinator for New England, Crouch spends time with transitioning veterans. He explains Morgan Stanley’s commitment, “We connect them to a hiring manager instead of having them go through an online portal. And then when they are hired, we give them a mentor within the company to help get them settled.”

Along with the hiring process, Morgan Stanley understands that some of their veterans may be activated with the Reserve or National Guard and they have a process in place to help them through that transition as well. “It’s been great to see Morgan Stanley create a space where veterans are comfortable deploying and then coming back to work,” Crouch said.

Tell them what they want to know

In his experience as a veteran transitioning, and from working with other veterans, he has a few pieces of advice. The main one is to just get started. “Gather as much information as possible, build a network, and start talking to people,” Crouch said. He says that most people are willing to meet for a cup of coffee and discuss what they do, and how they can help in the transition.

As far as interviewing, Crouch advises veterans to choose a few stories from your military service that service that illustrate the skills you’ve developed and the experiences you’ve gained.  Then practice telling these stories in a compelling way that will resonate with hiring managers.

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And don’t laugh or roll your eyes at a hiring manager, most of them are trying to understand but may not fully grasp your experiences. Crouch shares a story about when he was getting hired, and the hiring manager asked how he’d handle working long, hard hours such as working 12-hour days, six days a week. Crouch explained it this way. “I said, ‘I spent 30 days at sea often at general quarters in the Persian Gulf – sleeping at work – nights out searching for lost pilots during storms – I understand what it means to work hard, and this will be fine.’ And the hiring manager was like, ‘Oh, of course.’”

Just having military experience is important, Crouch equates it to having a college degree. “It’s not what you learn day to day; it’s that you accomplished it. The biggest benefit is having the experience; it colors everything else that I do, it helps set the stage,” he said.

Sometimes the military is meant as a building block and not a 20-year career. Sometimes one step leads to another and doors never considered before are opened. All of these things are possible with a positive attitude, a solid understanding of what you have to offer, and a good work ethic.

For informational purposes only.  The opinions expressed by the author are solely his/her own and do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. ©2018 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.  Member SIPC.

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NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL sniper on Wednesday contradicted earlier testimony of fellow SEALs who claimed he had fired warning shots to scare away civilian non-combatants before Chief Eddie Gallagher shot them during their 2017 deployment to Mosul, and said he would not want to deploy again with one of the prosecution's star witnesses.

Special Operator 1st Class Joshua Graffam originally invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege before Navy Judge Capt. Aaron Rugh gave him immunity in order to compel his testimony.

Graffam testified that Gallagher was essentially justified in the shooting of a man he is accused of unlawfully targeting, stating that "based off everything i had seen so far ... in my opinion, they were two shitheads moving from one side of the road to the other."

Spotting for Gallagher in the tower that day, Graffam said, he called out the target to him and he fired. He said the man was hit in the upper torso and ran away.

Graffam, who joined the Navy in 2010 and has been assigned to SEAL Team 7's Alpha Platoon since September 2015, deployed alongside Gallagher to Mosul in 2017, occasionally acting as a spotter for Gallagher when the SEALs were tasked with providing sniper support for Iraqi forces from two towers east of the Tigris River.

Another SEAL, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Dalton Tolbert, had previously testified under direct examination by prosecutors that, while stationed in the south tower of a bombed-out building in June 2017, he had observed Gallagher shoot and kill an elderly civilian.

"He ran north to south across the road," Tolbert testified on Friday. "That's when I saw the red mark on his back and I saw him fall for the first time. Blood started to pool and I knew it was a square hit in the back." Over the radio, he said he heard Gallagher tell the other snipers, "you guys missed him but I got him."

Former SO1 Dylan Dille, who was also in the south tower that day, testified last week that he watched an old man die from a sniper shot on Father's Day. He said the date stuck out in his mind because he thought the man was probably a father.

Later that day, after the mission, Graffam said he spoke with Dille about the shooting and they disagreed about the circumstances. Dille, he said, believed the man was a noncombatant.

"I, on the other hand, was confident that the right shot was taken," Graffam said, although he said later under cross-examination that the man was unarmed. Dille previously testified that the SEALs were authorized to shoot unarmed personnel if they first received signals intelligence or other targeting information.

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Graffam described the man as a male between 40 and 50 years old wearing black clothing, giving him the impression of an ISIS fighter who was moving in a "tactical" manner. He testified that he did not see anything like Dille had described.

Graffam further testified that he didn't see Gallagher take any shots that he shouldn't have on that day or any other.

Although Graffam said he did not hear of allegations that Gallagher had stabbed a wounded ISIS fighter on deployment, he testified that he started to hear rumblings in early 2018. Chief Craig Miller, he said, asked him at one point whether he would "cooperate" with others in reporting him.

When asked whether he would like to serve with Miller again in a SEAL platoon, Graffam said, "I don't feel as confident about it." A member of the jury later asked him why he'd feel uncomfortable deploying with Miller and he responded, "I just wouldn't."

Graffam said he would serve with Gallagher again if given the chance.

Under cross examination by prosecutors, Graffam said he couldn't say whether there were warning shots fired that day, though Dille and Tolbert both said happened. "There were multiple shots throughout the day," Graffam said.

Prosecutors also asked him about his previous statements to NCIS, in which Graffam said of Miller that "he has good character" and was "a good guy." Graffam confirmed he said just that.

Defense attorney Tim Parlatore, however, said those statements were back in January and "a lot had happened since then." Parlatore said Graffam had also said at the time that Gallagher was a good leader.

"That part remains unchanged, correct?" Parlatore asked.

"Yes," Graffam said.

The defense is expected to call more witnesses in the case, which continues on Thursday.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexi Myrick)

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"There appears to be an increase in high-risk behaviors among service members; that is, having sex without a condom or having more than one sexual partner," Air Force physician Maj. Dianne Frankel said in a news release.

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Three Marines killed in a December plane crash are finally coming home.

Five Marines aboard a KC-130J Hercules and one Marine on an F/A-18 Hornet were killed when both planes went down about 200 miles off the Japanese coast.

A recent salvage operation of the KC-130J crash site recovered the remains of three of the Marines, who were later identified, Corps officials said.

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The Air Force is investigating an airman after he posted a video on YouTube rife with homophobic slurs and insults.

A man in an Air Force uniform, identified only by the YouTube username "Baptist Dave 1611" ranted in a recent video, calling gay people "sodomites," "vermin scum," and "roaches" among other slurs, according to Air Force Times, which first reported the story Wednesday.

"The specifics of the situation are being reviewed by the airman's command team," said service spokesman Maj Nick Mercurio, confirming the incident. Mercurio did not provide any identifying details about the airman.

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Two U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, defense officials have announced.

Operation Resolute Support issued a terse news release announcing the latest casualties that did not include any information about the circumstances of their deaths.

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