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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.

This pilot toolkit is intended to help civilian employers understand the full value veterans can bring to their organizations. It focuses on the nontechnical skills addressed through selected formal military education courses for enlisted personnel in the Army and Marine Corps. The toolkit consists of four parts: (1) a letter that can be sent to employers explaining the purpose of the other materials enclosed in the packet; (2) an introductory section that provides more information on the materials and how to use them, as well as some background on military terms; (3) descriptions of the specific training programs that the Army and Marine Corps use to teach and develop nontechnical skills; and (4) summary tables that concisely break down which specific skills and competencies each course focuses on, as well as which ranks of military personnel take each course.

This research was sponsored by the Transition to Veterans Program Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. It was conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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