Why hire Veterans, you may ask? Well TangoAlpha3 has generated quite a bit of content trying to address this question as there are a lot of excellent reasons…but we thought it worth revisiting and boiling down into a few core areas by reframing the answer within questions regarding talent acquisition that are relevant to any company in any industry: Is building a scalable framework for acquiring human capital key to the future of your business? Are leadership skills an important criteria in your candidate selection process? Is having a diverse, yet unified, workforce critical to the success of your enterprise?
Is building a scalable framework for acquiring human capital key to the future of your business?
If the answer here is yes, developing a military veteran recruiting program is a simple way to introduce a systematic approach to staffing that can just about always scale to your business requirements, whatever the location might be. Members of the military are transitioning into civilian life, everyday to everywhere. Upon transitioning out of the military, all veterans receive a DD214, which authenticates their service, occupational speciality, training, awards, and discharge status. Once you understand how to read one it tells a far more objective story than any resume possibly could. Likewise, once your organization develops a disciplined approach to assessing how the training and skills one gains in their military service translates to your business (TangoAlpha3 can help you get there!), it becomes incredibly repeatable and (with the appropriate processes in place) can be continuously improved upon for optimal outcomes. A quick example would be if you hired Field Techs/Engineers to repair and maintain devices, a very common job for a veteran to transition into because of the strong electromechanical experience they often gain in the military, you may realize over time that specific branch/military specialty tends to work out better than others…and that you get the best ROI (for whatever reason, this is just an example after all) when you hire Army Track Vehicle Repairers (91H). Once the data begins to make that more and more evident, you can more narrowly focus your talent acquisition strategies accordingly.
Are leadership skills an important criteria in your candidate selection process?
Again, if the answer is yes, then a military veteran recruiting program has the potential to add a lot of value to your talent acquisition efforts. Because the military is able to enforce multi year commitments, it can spend a lot more money training such members than any private sector organization. And as the time one spends in the military increases, leadership development is increasingly emphasized. After six years of military service, many individuals will have achieved the rank of E6, which (in the Army) usually means they are leading teams of 10 or more in the execution of critical missions.
Is having a diverse, yet unified, workforce critical to the success of your enterprise?
Enterprises are increasingly placing an emphasis on diversity, and should you feel your company will be at its best when it is comprised of a diverse workforce unified around a company mission, then it’s hard to imagine a pool of human resources better suited to the task than military veterans. The military is ethnically diverse, racially diverse and ideologically diverse, and all its members are used to working within incredibly diverse teams and uniting to accomplish a common goal. Likewise, a military veteran recruiting program will not only ensure that your team’s diverse, but that they will have experience successfully executing missions with humans of all stripes.