With today being Veterans Day, we here at American Security Force wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You. We are honored by their service and we are proud employers of those that have served.
There is a natural synergy between veterans and the security industry. While in the service, veterans learn and master skills that naturally translate well. Some veterans have actually performed military assignments that are directly related to security functions.
But there are certain intangible qualities that veterans develop in the service that also make them ideal employees, whether they are in the security field or in some other industry.
The first is that veterans make good leaders. After all, they are coming from what you might consider a “leadership factory.” The U.S. military understands how to teach leadership and mold future leaders. Its rigid structure and chain of command area daily reminders of how leadership functions effectively.
Upon entering civilian life, veterans bring these lessons with them into the workplace. Clear communication, adherence to the chain of command and the ability to get the best out of others makes veterans natural organizational leaders.
Veterans are also very trainable. All military branches have some form of Boot Camp, where those who have recently joined go to learn how to be a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman. After Boot Camp, they then train to do a certain job within their branch of service. Training is a large part of the military experience and the experience helps veterans quickly learn new jobs in the private sector.
Adaptability is another quality that veterans have learned. A popular saying amongst those in the service is “Adapt or Die.” In other words, adjust to the circumstance presented to you and overcome them or you will perish. This is a lesson that veterans understand all too well. Whether the situation was a harsh battlefield, a cramped submarine, or a barracks crowded with strangers, veterans were continually adapting to new situations.
This skill serves veterans well in the ever-changing business world.
For employers, veterans are highly desired employees for their dependability. One of the biggest challenges companies face is hiring dependable employees and having them show up to work and be on time.
This is another quality veterans master in the military. Not showing up is a considered being Absent-Without-Leave (AWOL), something that could get service personnel confined. Being late is also something that is not tolerated in the military. Thus veterans prove to be very dependable employees because of their military experience.
While veterans possess qualities that make them exceptional employees, there’s also another reason American Security Force hires them: It’s the right thing to do. After all, the service that these individuals gave to our country involved sacrifice. They spent many years away from their loved ones, often times in harm’s way. They did it to protect all of us and expected little in return.
So, it only seems natural that we can honor them with the opportunity to earn a living and support their families.
On this Veterans Day, it seems like one of the best ways to say “Thank You.”