How can a business find and hire military employees?

Many American businesses have made a special commitment to hire military veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves.  They have made this commitment for two reasons. First, they recognize the important role these military men and women have played in securing our nation and making business possible.  Second, they recognize that the men and women who serve in today’s all-volunteer force are a tremendous source of talent.  They have demonstrated the twin traits of being good leaders and good followers.  They are drug-free, dependable, and responsible.  In many instances, they already have training and skills that match directly with a business’ needs.

But during my tenure as Assistant Secretary of Defense, and in conversations with business leaders since that time, I hear people say “we want to hire these folks, but aren’t making the connections.”

The U. S. Department of Defense, Department of Labor and Veterans Administration are collaborating on programs designed to promote connections between those leaving active military duty and potential employers.  The “Employer Partnership for the Armed Forces” program and those of the National Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) are key sources of information.

If your enterprise wants to hire military veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves, all it takes is some effort to make the connections and identify the talented people who want to work in the civilian world.  Remember, they are the people who help make our business environment secure.