Air Force photo by Heide Couch

If you ask most service members what the best branch of the military is, they’ll say their own branch, unless they’re in the Coast Guard. But have you ever wondered which service the American public considers the most important in U.S. armed forces?

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Photo by Spc. Rochelle Krueger

Active military and veterans gathered March 26, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, in Washington, D.C., for the Improving Veteran’s Education Symposium. Hosted by National Louis University, the focus of the discussion was the college’s Education to Employment program, which was launched in 2012 with the help of a $750,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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Photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski

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?

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Photo by Cpl. Tatum Vayavananda
“You can keep your Army khaki, you can keep your Navy blue. I’ve got the world’s best fighting man to introduce to you.”

The opening lines of a classic Marine Corps running cadence were validated today in a new Gallup poll, which found that by a wide margin, Americans consider the Marine Corps to be the most prestigious branch of the U.S. military:

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