8 Skills Military Veterans in the Workplace

Editor's Comment: MetLife have an active and exemplary program to hire veterans. They have nailed the qualities that vet's bring to the workplace. I was also glad that they list how veterans can impact 'diversity and inclusion' on the list of skills. To help you on your journey to understand how vet's can help solve the skills gap in your organization I have included a link to 'What Veterans Bring to the Civilian Workplace' - A Prototype Toolkit for Helping Private-Sector Employers Understand the Nontechnical Skills Taught in the Military by Chaitra Hardison, Michael G. Shanley, Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, James C. Crowley, Jonathan P. Wong, Paul S. Steinberg. http://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TL160.html


Veterans add incredible value to the workplace. A former member of the Armed Forces has a unique and powerful skill set that can greatly benefit any company they work for — and we’ve seen it in action at MetLife.

Here are eight reasons why veterans can improve a variety of work environments.

1. Leadership

The military trains veterans to accept and execute responsibility for resources, tasks and their own behaviour. This special training consists of inspiring leadership in others and motivating others, setting examples, delegating tasks and giving clear and detailed directions. Additionally, veterans work in a highly team-oriented and hierarchical environment. Therefore, they know how to take orders, and when to give them.

2. Teamwork

Camaraderie is a crucial part of the military experience. Veterans spend years cooperating with and relying on their team members to stay safe and complete important tasks. Veterans understand the value of teamwork, and how diverse people can work together to achieve goals. Veterans know that real teamwork grows from a sense of responsibility to their colleagues. In business, they subjugate themselves for the betterment of the team and the organization.

3. Strong Work Ethic

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