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How do companies view military service?

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When hiring, do companies view military service as a good or bad thing? If it it a good thing, what branch looks best? Marines, Army, Army National Guard, Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy, Coast Guard? And does it look better to have been an enlisted or officer?
(I'm guessing the best combination is Air Force Officer)
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Christian S,

I want to say first and foremost I have no military experience myself. I have a friend who couldnt land any serious job besides a few security gigs and then he went to the Army Reserve for 1 year and about 7 months before he was discharged because of an injury in which he could not enroll into the Marines. I can tell you since he came back more doors have opened up to him from becoming a head lead at Hello Fresh to working at a Federal Prison and now he is currently working as a entry level detective in Texas. I can testify from the outside looking in many doors are opened to someone with some form of military training. Why? Because they already know that you are coming into their organization with discipline, ethics and responsibility. I wish you the best on your journey.

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Kim’s Answer

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In addition to the skills and work ethic veterans possess, employers can also receive tax breaks for hiring veterans. This is about $6000 for some vets, and about $12,000 under a Wounded Warrior Program. The govt. also recently started a program called HireVets in which it recognizes employers who meet certain criteria in employing veterans. To see a list of the employers recognized in 2018:

https://www.hirevets.gov/

There are regular job fairs designed to recruit veterans into the workforce. I don't think any one branch is looked at differently than another by employers. As to officer vs. enlisted, I think that would depend on the type of position you are trying to get. But think of it this way: a person who enlists straight out of high school, and does one 4-year hitch, at the age of 22 is already well on their way to being a mature individual capable of being a functioning productive member of society. Think about 22 year old people who did not go in the military. Many of them are still a long ways from being "grown-up."


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Jared’s Answer

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Hi Christian,

I can give the perspective of someone who transitioned out of the Marines.

For me, my military background as an Officer of Marines was a huge asset for both matriculation into a graduate program as well as finding employment afterwards. As someone on the other side of the table now, seeing military experience on a resume immediately pushes the candidate toward the top 25%. Your experience in the military, as well as how well you communicate that experience, is also critical to land opportunities following time in the military. The military does a lot of things for the men and women that serve; the leadership opportunities and life experiences are almost without peer especially at the beginning of a professional career. This fact will help get you in the door of almost any employer, but it still falls on you to show the employer that you are the right candidate for a job. You still need to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of the position. A machine gunner might be an awesome person, but they still need to have a profile that fits the needs of the job. This could be lots of things: education requirement, familiarity with a tool or technology, experience in the field, etc. A combat cameraman has a great profile that fits the needs of a freelance photographer, but, if they were to try to be a firefighter, an accountant, a management consultant, or a Pilates instructor, then they would need to fulfill the additional requirements of the position. Doing so on top of military experience will almost guarantee the candidate to be one of the best applicants.

As for your question about combinations, the answer is it depends. If you were to try and get into photography, then a combat cameraman (which is an enlisted job) is going to be more sought after than a Public Affairs Officer. If you wanted to be an ethical hacker, then a data Marine MOS is going to be better than a Communications officer. None of these are insurmountable, but, when you get to specific cases, there isn't a universal truth than a Naval Officer is superior to Soldier or vice versa.

I hope that helps.
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Nicholas’s Answer

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After reading all the other answers they are all very good and all touch on a different aspect of this question.

I am currently in the navy, and can tell you 99% of the time jobs see military service as a good thing. We are given a lot of training and a lot of responsibility at usually a young age. Each branch has its benefits but none really looked at as better in the work world. When it comes down to the enlisted vs officer aspect of things both are good and it all depends on what job you may be looking for on the outside of the military life. If you are wanting to be an executive and incharge of mulitiple departments and areas I would say officer may look a little more enticing. But it is not to say they may be better.

Both enlisted and officer have some similiarities and differences, but it is all about what work you put into it. I have done a lot of things (both work wise and life wise) that my friends I had growing up in high school can't say they have done.

Whether you plan on doing one enlistment and getting out, or sticking around and making a career out of it. The military which ever branch you decide has it's benefits, both while serving and after you get out.

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G. Mark’s Answer

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I can speak from the point of view of an employer, and that is that folks with military service are assumed to be more reliable, more regimented, more organized and more focused than average. We've viewed these folks as a "better bet" for a job. On top of that, many folks receive training in the military that carries directly into their employment. From my personal point of view, I've considered military service to have done the first part of screening of applicants for my organizations. That's a good thing.

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Amr’s Answer

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There is no consistent view. It depends on which country.

in the US it is highly respected experience for example but less so in some other countries.

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