Are you interested in hiring a veteran or reservist? No matter where you stand with patriotism, it’s important to support the men and women who defend this country. Many companies would love to provide a helping hand and hire veterans, but there have been some negative stereotypes that follow them around. For example, some employers have raised concerns about hiring a veteran due to the fear of PTSD. Although it is not uncommon for a service member to experience some level of PTSD, normally it does not interfere with their day-to-day functions.
What is a Veteran? The US Department of Veterans Affairs says “The term “veteran” means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.”
What is a Reservist? A reservist is a person who is a member of a military reserve force. They must “drill” one weekend a month and two weeks a year with their command.
What are the benefits of hiring a Veteran or Reservist:
- Attention to detail
- Time management
- Adapt to challenges
- Mission and goal-oriented
- Planning and implementation
Hiring a reservist may not be suitable for everyone and it is important to understand their duties. Reservists may be deployed at any given time, however, this is not a guarantee. In the event they are deployed, or go away for a specific time period, by law, the employer must keep their position available for when they return. Military duties cannot be held against the employees.
Potential employers hiring reservists, “As an employer, manager or supervisor, or human resource professional interacting with members of the Reserve or National Guard, you need to be familiar with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994. USERRA is the federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for members of the Reserve and National Guard and their civilian employers. USERRA affects employment, reemployment, employment benefits and retention in employment, when employees serve or have served in the uniformed services.”
No matter the age of the service member, each of them hold a special quality. With discipline and leadership skills embedded within them, they can offer many great advantages to the work field. They were taught to work together and accomplish a mission. They have all adapted to working with others from different walks of life. This is a quality not many get to experience, especially those that come from a small town. This skill is easily overseen and not many know the importance of diversity.
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