7 Benefits of Hiring a Veteran

by Liz McLean
23 July 2015

Consider what veterans bring to the table for employers, the less black and white skillsets that make them triumphant hires. The following seven characteristics are subjective skillsets which most of the population agrees you gain by making a military hire.

1. Trust

Military members will typically watch each other’s back. The amount of deceit amongst active members or veterans is minimal, and the ability to provide follow-through is minimal with their past environment.

2. Work Ethic

Regardless of the circumstances, you can have faith that a job or mission will be completed. If family situations arise or other obstacles are in a person’s path, you know that that a veteran will still ensure the slack is picked up, no matter the stressors placed on him or her. You don’t have to micromanage or cross-check their work.

3. Attention To Detail

They will notice even the smallest details of a task. Whether planning an event, proofreading a document, scrutinizing a financial plan, or organizing a vacation, you know that a prior military member will cross their t’s and dot their i’s.

4. Work Hard, Play Hard

Just like my USAFA (U.S. Air Force Academy) classmates that can fly, fight, and win—but still cut loose and laugh with the best of them—service members can accomplish the mission and still disconnect to have a beer (skinny margarita in my case) to enjoy life. Taking life seriously when needed, but being able to have a sense of comradery, makes life that much better.

5. Pay It Forward

A good deed does not go unnoticed in the veteran community. If you help someone or stick your neck on the line, it will circle back, not because someone has to repay you but because they want to.

6. High Standards

When you work for a prior service member, it is more a feeling of respect that draws you to perform your best. Much like a son who does not want to disappoint his father, working for a prior service member makes you want to be the best you can be. Letting down your prior service boss will inflict more guilt on yourself than you want to carry.

7. Getting It Done 

Veterans figure it out without handholding. Service members can be turned loose without much explanation. They have been equipped to get the job done with minimal resources, so any added guidelines are a bonus.

So Why Hire A Veteran?

The next time you hire, remember that when your candidate is a veteran, they fall into the group of people who generally bring at least these seven characteristics to the table because of their military background: trust, work ethic, attention to detail, a work-hard/play-hard mentality, generosity, high standards, and a get-it-done determination. 


Liz McLean is an Air Force veteran and military spouse who acts as a veteran employer educator, trainer, and public speaker. You will find her company here and connect with her on LinkedIn through her posts.