It’s finally the month of May. April’s showers are bringing May’s flowers as we start seeing nicer weather. But did you know May is also National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM)? In 1999, Congress designated the month of May as NMAM, thanks to the late Senator John McCain.
Throughout May, there are actually six national observances during NMAM to remember and honor the sacrifices of the brave U.S. Armed Forces, both past and present. Here are all six of them and the day they fall on, this year:
- Loyalty Day: May 1st
- Public Service Recognition Week: May 5th – May 11th
- Victory in Europe Day (VE Day): May 8th
- Military Spouse Appreciation Day: May 10th
- Armed Forces Day: May 18th
- Memorial Day: May 27th
According to the Department of Labor, there are a total of 19.4 million veterans in the U.S. And nearly half of all veterans (9.7 million) are in the workforce. In other words, there are millions of fantastic candidates in today’s workforce that have skill sets, experiences, and mindsets that no other candidates possess.
Here are three reasons why U.S. veterans make incredible candidates in today’s job market.
Intangible soft skills
Throughout their time in the military, members of the U.S. Armed Forces develop intangible soft skills that can’t be gained anywhere else. Veteran’s possess natural leadership qualities that any employer would love to add to their team. From their first day of service, military members begin developing leadership qualities that are transferable to any job or industry. Day in and day out, military members must lead by example and make tough decisions in stressful or tense environments.
Our brave military veterans have inherent teamwork ability. From day one, the military stresses the importance of teamwork. In the military, you must think about what’s best for the team and what they can do to make the team stronger and more successful. Teamwork is essential in any working environment, and our veterans are some of the best teammates an employer can find.
Training and education
Throughout their military career, veterans receive rigorous training and education on a daily basis. They’re immersed in regular training courses that stress the importance of safety, enhance critical thinking, and hone crystal-clear communication. And these skills developed from years of training and courses are extremely valuable to employers; they make the transition from a military career to civilian occupation smooth, for both veterans and employers.
Many veterans even take professional military education courses and academics to help them assimilate to their next phase in their careers. Additionally, veterans are also very trainable workers. They undergo constant training and drills in the military. Thus, in the civilian world, if you hire a veteran, they are easily coachable and trainable, making onboarding simple. Even if they don’t have the necessary experience with certain software or procedures, you can bet you can train them to do so.
Tenacity and grit
It takes a lot of guts and tenacity to stick out a career in the military. There’s a reason why only 19.4 million people out of the entire U.S. population are military veterans. It’s not an easy career path. And it takes grit to persevere. Any employer will welcome these characteristics with open arms!
They experience situations that many of us couldn’t even imagine, some of which are even life-threatening. Throwing in the towel when a situation gets tough or when a roadblock surfaces won’t happen, because veterans don’t give up. Therefore, they are exactly the type of employee your organization wants (and needs).
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are fantastic candidates for any organization. At Johnson Search Group, we’ve had the privilege of working with numerous veterans throughout the years. One common quote that we hear from some of our clients is, “We love hiring people that have a military service record. These are trained professionals who truly understand mission, vision, and value.” In other words, we enjoy working with them and our clients love hiring them.
Thank you to all the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our great country. And remember, freedom isn’t free. It’s fought for.