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#MilitaryWorkforce: The challenges of moving from military to civilian life

Military-related stakeholders gather on Twitter to share strategies for smoother transitions
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Today’s WorkingNation-hosted Twitter chat – #MilitaryWorkforce – called on stakeholders to share ideas on how to support service members and their families as they transition from the military into civilian life.

The hourlong chat which included partners – America’s Warrior Partnership, IBM SkillsBuild, Hire Heroes USA, and Comcast Military – was a thoughtful discussion around workforce challenges and solutions.

In September 2022, the veteran unemployment rate was 2.7%, up from 2.4% the previous month and down from 3.7% the prior year. Updated figures will be released this coming Friday.

In the most recent Military Family Lifestyle Survey from Blue Star Families in collaboration with the D’aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, a top issue continues to be under- and unemployment for spouses of active-duty service members, as well as those of veterans.

Many Twitter chat participants, including Hire Heroes USA, point out the transferability of military skills to the civilian workplace.

Hire Heroes USA on Twitter: “A1: A1: The military will prepare individuals to have niche technical and multi-faceted leadership skills. Military members are flexible, adaptable and resilient. They understand teamwork and purpose. These characteristics are in need by many companies today.#militaryworkforce / Twitter”

A1: A1: The military will prepare individuals to have niche technical and multi-faceted leadership skills. Military members are flexible, adaptable and resilient. They understand teamwork and purpose. These characteristics are in need by many companies today.#militaryworkforce

Dan Goldenberg of the Call of Duty Endowment notes employers and veterans need to speak the same language when it comes to interpreting skills.

Dan Goldenberg on Twitter: “A1 the truth is that most veterans have hard and soft skills that employers will value, they just need 1:1 coaching to learn to couch them in terms employers will value. #MilitaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A1 the truth is that most veterans have hard and soft skills that employers will value, they just need 1:1 coaching to learn to couch them in terms employers will value. #MilitaryWorkforce

There were a variety of comments about the available resources to help move from the military to civilian careers.

Conny Santiago, a mother of a U.S. Army veteran, says her son could have used greater support as he prepared to separate from the military.

conny santiago on Twitter: “A2: I don’t think the Army gave him the tools to translate this experience to a civilian life but fortunately he was able to research, knock on doors and figure out where there was a market for his skills.#militaryworkforce / Twitter”

A2: I don’t think the Army gave him the tools to translate this experience to a civilian life but fortunately he was able to research, knock on doors and figure out where there was a market for his skills.#militaryworkforce

IBM Impact reminds it has a program to build tech skills at no-cost.

IBM Impact on Twitter: “A2 2/2: Visit https://t.co/0iWS8D49xy to see how IBM SkillsBuild is helping student #veterans build new pathways. #MilitaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A2 2/2: Visit https://t.co/0iWS8D49xy to see how IBM SkillsBuild is helping student #veterans build new pathways. #MilitaryWorkforce

Year Up notes its combination of training, wraparound services, and on-the-job experiences helps facilitate that transition into the civilian workplace.

Year Up on Twitter: “A5: Year Up provides participants with a mix of technical and professional skills training along with wraparound support and a corporate internship, facilitating the transition to the civilian workforce by providing a path to a career. #MilitaryWorkforce pic.twitter.com/VdOFQwh0Mw / Twitter”

A5: Year Up provides participants with a mix of technical and professional skills training along with wraparound support and a corporate internship, facilitating the transition to the civilian workforce by providing a path to a career. #MilitaryWorkforce pic.twitter.com/VdOFQwh0Mw

America’s Warrior Partnership says access to opportunity should not be hindered because of bureaucracy and red tape.

America’s Warrior Partnership on Twitter: “A2: There shouldn’t be a single veteran or family member who doesn’t have benefits just because they didn’t fill out the right paperwork! (4/4) #MilitaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A2: There shouldn’t be a single veteran or family member who doesn’t have benefits just because they didn’t fill out the right paperwork! (4/4) #MilitaryWorkforce

IVMF says the outreach to military spouses should not be forgotten in the conversation about transition.

IVMF at Syracuse University on Twitter: “Something else that would help support the #MilitaryWorkforce would be including military spouses in program messaging, outreach and access. Spouses are not the same as veterans, and spouse under/unemployment has negative impacts on the military household. (4/5) / Twitter”

Something else that would help support the #MilitaryWorkforce would be including military spouses in program messaging, outreach and access. Spouses are not the same as veterans, and spouse under/unemployment has negative impacts on the military household. (4/5)

Cassidy Leventhal of Achieve Partners says underemployment is a barrier for military spouses.

Cassidy Leventhal on Twitter: “A3❗️I’ve spoken to military spouses with 2 masters degrees who worked for $8/hr stocking shelves on base. Milspouses are already skilled – they need opportunities to put their skills to work. One private company @FreedomLearnGrp is doing so in #education💥 #MilitaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A3❗️I’ve spoken to military spouses with 2 masters degrees who worked for $8/hr stocking shelves on base. Milspouses are already skilled – they need opportunities to put their skills to work. One private company @FreedomLearnGrp is doing so in #education💥 #MilitaryWorkforce

Comcast Military says its hiring is open to military spouses.

Comcast Military on Twitter: “A3: We’re a Mil Spouse Friendly Employer and understand the sacrifices made to support military personnel. We specifically include military spouses in hiring goals and offer unique benefits to accommodate military demands and help ensure a successful career. #militaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A3: We’re a Mil Spouse Friendly Employer and understand the sacrifices made to support military personnel. We specifically include military spouses in hiring goals and offer unique benefits to accommodate military demands and help ensure a successful career. #militaryWorkforce

Opportunity@Work reminds that employers should engage in skills-based hiring to prevent missing out on a large talent pool of veterans who don’t have college degrees.

Opportunity@Work on Twitter: “A4: (1/3) Hire for skills, not pedigree. Drop degree requirements and utilize skills-based hiring to increase the size of your talent pools to find quality applicants for hard-to-fill roles.https://t.co/KTaOAVU9lF#MilitaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A4: (1/3) Hire for skills, not pedigree. Drop degree requirements and utilize skills-based hiring to increase the size of your talent pools to find quality applicants for hard-to-fill roles.https://t.co/KTaOAVU9lF#MilitaryWorkforce

Ross Dickman of Hire Heroes USA says the desired characteristics described by corporate partners are those of people with military-related experience.

RossDickman on Twitter: “A4 I ask corporate partners to define the values and skills their ideal employee has – often it’s collaboration, mission focus, and resilience. I point out the direct 1 to 1 parallel with veteran and military spouse skills and capabilities #MilitaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A4 I ask corporate partners to define the values and skills their ideal employee has – often it’s collaboration, mission focus, and resilience. I point out the direct 1 to 1 parallel with veteran and military spouse skills and capabilities #MilitaryWorkforce

Dickman says reaching out to your network is an important part of moving into the chapter after life in the military.

RossDickman on Twitter: “A5 Ask three important questions – What do I like to do?What am I good at?Where does that intersection fit into corporate roles and opportunities?Then start having conversations with others that work in those areas, and ask questions. #MilitaryWorkforce / Twitter”

A5 Ask three important questions – What do I like to do?What am I good at?Where does that intersection fit into corporate roles and opportunities?Then start having conversations with others that work in those areas, and ask questions. #MilitaryWorkforce

You, too, can catch up on all the ideas shared during this Twitter Chat. Keep the discussion going by tweeting your thoughts to #MilitaryWorkforce.

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