Characteristics Veterans Bring With Them into the Workplace

When I think about it, I must admit that I do not understand why veterans sometimes seem to have problems finding jobs after they get done with their military service. A recent article by a Navy SEAL Commander and Instructor made me think about this subject even more in depth. A vet learns a lot of things during their time in the military that translate into excellent characteristics to bring into any workplace; the article mentioned six of these characteristics and I added a few of my own that I thought fit on that list also. Here are the traits that I feel are instilled in most military service members that make any veteran a potential good hire by a civilian employer.


Most military service members have character naturally when they join up to serve and, right from day one in basic training, that trait is expanded upon and refined even further. Military members are taught that the character which they go about doing their jobs and living their lives is essential to being a well-rounded individual that does their job well.


When a person works in a military environment for several years, they realize how important trust is in the workplace. They not only have to be able to trust those around them to do their part in the overall completion of tasks, but they also have to work in a manner that instills trust in their work with those around them too.


Workers who have been in the military know how to do what they are told and listen to those above them. They have discipline to work within the system to fulfill their role on tasks and listen to directions of their superiors without fail.


In a military environment, there is no room to pass blame for failure onto others. Military personnel are taught to take responsibility for their actions.


Military members are taught right off the bat to not give up easily in their assigned tasks and to see them through to completion no matter what. This is a highly essential characteristic that any military member must possess; failure to do this can often put lives in danger or jeopardize important missions. Ex-military members know well how to be job focused and task oriented to see a job through to its successful completion.


In a military environment, there is a general sense that everyone must understand their role in a particular mission or task and do their part in the process. It is the very essence of teamwork that each military member thoroughly understands and will bring with them into any future civilian job environment.


Military members are taught to be leaders. As they move up the chain of command they are taught to assume additional responsibilities and oversee those that fall under them in the chain of chain of command. This makes veterans excellent managers.

Work Well Under Pressure

There is perhaps no working environment that is more stressful than when serving in the military. With the possibility of death and injury around them at most times, it creates a lot of pressure and stress for a military service member as they go about doing their assigned tasks. Anyone who can handle that type of pressure can easily handle the pressure of a more normal job.

Any employer can and should be made aware that these essential characteristics will improve the working environment in any type of business. Although there is some adaption from the military workplace to the civilian workplace, it is something that veterans do well and that is the reason they can add quality work performance to any job environment.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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