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November 05, 2007
15 Reasons to Hire Employees with Military Experience

For companies wishing to both diversify their workforce and recruit excellent team members, the military is an excellent source for tapping into a cross-section of cultures, races, and both sexes, says Bill Gaul, president and CEO of The Destiny Group (http://www.destinygrp.com), a resource for recruiting men and women departing the military. Here are some of the reasons Gaul gives for looking to veterans to recruit:

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  • People voluntarily joining the military show they have the goal of bettering themselves.
  • People drawn to the military receive valuable training, life experience, and edu ca tion.
  • They have a respect for and understanding of organizational needs.
  • They understand both leadership and team roles.
  • They have proven that they ca n accept challenges.
  • They have the ability to adapt and learn new skills.
  • They are not afraid to take a difficult path to achievement.
  • Military veterans seem more mature and confident than their civilian counterparts and have better self-esteem.
  • They have enhanced physi ca l characteristics and present themselves well.
  • They are incentive oriented.
  • They work well with diverse colleagues.
  • They are willing to go the extra mile.
  • They will add value to your organization.
  • They have proven that they ca n work successfully under stressful conditions.
  • Transitioning and former military personnel have the skills and experience the civilian world wants--discipline, knowledge, and commitment.

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