What Veterans Bring to Civilian Workplaces: A Prototype Toolkit for Helping Private-Sector Employers Understand the Nontechnical Skills Taught in the Military
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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Veterans have a great deal to offer to potential civilian employers, including valuable nontechnical or soft skills, such as leadership, decisionmaking, persistence, and attention to detail. However, for civilian employers, understanding what nontechnical skills veterans have received formal training in and can likely demonstrate on the job can be challenging, because military and civilian workplace cultures and languages can seem radically different from one another. In this study, Phase I of a two-part effort, we developed a pilot toolkit that civilian employers can use to understand the full value veterans can bring to their organizations. In the current version of the toolkit, we focus on the skills addressed through selected formal military education courses for enlisted personnel in the Army and Marine Corps. Future research conducted in FY 2014 will expand the toolkit to address skills attained through additional on-the-job experience.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations