What Veterans Bring to Civilian Workplaces: A Prototype Toolkit for Helping Private-Sector Employers Understand the Nontechnical Skills Taught in the Military
Jun 12, 2015
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 veterans communicate with civilian employers about the skills that are developed in formal military training. 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 veterans 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; (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.