Warrior Workers

Savvy businesses have long valued military veterans as prospective employees.

Returning veterans can be the perfect addition to your staff, as they have many traits and excellent training that makes them great employees.By Royale Class

With more than 1 million servicemen and women exiting the military by 2016, hiring organizations have an opportunity to put these heroes back in a position they know: on the front lines of the war for talent.

Employers have long enjoyed benefits of hiring military veterans. Tax credits, incentives and other financial programs to hire America’s servicemen and women have been in place for decades. It’s the intangibles, however, that can most benefit the employers who make hiring our returning servicemen and women mission number one.

Take a look at the Army values for a description of arguably, the model employee – those seven qualities that are instilled into every soldier during their Basic Training:

  • Loyalty
    The Army defines loyalty as “believing in and devoting yourself to something or someone. A loyal Soldier is one who support the leadership and stands up for fellow Soldiers.”

  • Duty
    According to the Army, duty is, “Fulfill[ing] your obligations. Duty means being able to accomplish tasks as part of a team. Our work entails building one assignment onto another.”

  • Respect
    Respect, according to the Army values, is to “treat people as they should be treated. Respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in other people. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty. And self-respect is a vital ingredient with the Army value of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best effort.”

  • Selfless Service
    “Selfless service is larger than just one person. The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort.”

  • Honor
    “Honor,” according to the Army Values, “is a matter of carrying out, acting and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do.”

  • Integrity
    “Do what’s right, legally and morally. Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles. It requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others. As your integrity grows, so does the trust others place in you.”

  • Personal Courage
    “Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral). With physical courage, it is a matter of enduring physical duress and at times risking personal safety. Facing moral fear or adversity may be a long, slow process of continuing forward on the right path, especially if taking those actions is not popular with other. You can build your personal courage by daily standing up for and acting upon the things that you know are honorable.”

Source: The Army Values. Download your own copy of The Army Values at www.army.mil/values

Is there any more perfect a definition for the model employee than these values? Would you not give someone with a demonstrated track record of upholding these values a place in your organization? We think that we all owe a great debt to these servicemen and women, and we encourage hiring organizations to strongly consider those with military service and experience for a place within their business.

Thank you, soldiers, from all of us at Royale Class. If there is anything that we can do to assist you in your efforts to find employment on your return home, call us. We’re happy to do everything we can to help your job search.

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