Cover: Essential Skills Veterans Gain During Professional Military Training

Essential Skills Veterans Gain During Professional Military Training

A Resource for Veterans and Transitioning Service Members

Published Apr 29, 2016

by Chaitra M. Hardison, Michael G. Shanley

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This reference card helps veterans and military personnel translate the nontechnical skills they learned in the services into language that civilian employers can understand. It identifies skills learned in specific courses taken by military personnel, gives examples of how to convey this expertise to potential employers, and directs veterans to further employment resources. This tool for veterans is derived from research found in What Veterans Bring to Civilian Workplaces: A Prototype Toolkit for Helping Veterans Communicate to Private-Sector Employers About the Nontechnical Skills Taught in the Military by Chaitra M. Hardison, Michael G. Shanley, Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, James C. Crowley, Jonathan P. Wong, and Paul S. Steinberg.

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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