Manufacturers can benefit significantly from hiring Veterans.

In the military, a strong work ethic is more than a character trait, it’s a way of life.

Mission always comes first.

Most Veterans know what it means to put in a hard day’s work. They appreciate the challenges and satisfaction of a job well done. They understand that follow through on assignments, even under difficult or stressful circumstances, is critical to the success and safety of their team.

Veterans understand the power of teamwork. It is the foundation on which all safe military operations are built. Having a sense of duty and taking responsibility for job performance and accountability for completing missions are something to take pride in.

Veterans are organized and disciplined. They are adept at solving problems quickly and creatively. They know how to effectively adapt to changing situations.

Military personnel are accustomed to working under complex, multi-channel reporting structures. While taking orders from their direct supervisor, they may also have several adjacent supervisors who are also giving orders.

It is with this foundation the military produces some of our greatest leaders. Leaders who respect authority and can multitask – receiving multiple orders from various people, have the ability to prioritize, delegate, and mobilize their teams to successfully achieve the mission.

In a Harvard Business Review article titled “Why the Military Produces Great Leaders”, Tom Kolditz states:

“The best leadership—whether in peacetime or war—is borne as a conscientious obligation to serve. In many business environs it is difficult to inculcate a value set that makes leaders servants to their followers. In contrast, leaders who have operated in the crucibles common to military and other dangerous public service occupations tend to hold such values. Tie selflessness with the adaptive capacity, innovation, and flexibility demanded by dangerous contexts, and one can see the value of military leadership as a model for leaders in the private sector.”

However, before one can lead, one must first learn to follow.

In a Forbes magazine article titled “Why A Veteran Might Be Your Next Best Hire”, U.S. Army Veteran and entrepreneur, Shane Robinson, explains why Veterans have the ultimate team player mentality.

“One of the first leadership tenets we learn in the military is that, to become a good leader, one must first be a good follower. In this sense, rising through the ranks is a rite of passage, which allows all military leaders to develop their own management styles based on the observation of their superiors – both good and bad – along the way. Working in any dynamic corporation requires a similar maturation-through-accumulation process, and often the most effective leaders are those who were able to mobilize their teams from the bottom of the chain of command, simply by setting the right example for others to follow.”