Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN (Ret.) has written a superb article in “Washington Technology detailing his views on why veterans are struggling in the job market. While the unemployment rate stands at 7.6%, nearly 10% of our veterans are unemployed.

It’s true that job creation has been paltry over the past few months, but the problem will only exacerbate as sequestration finally takes hold. Active duty personnel will be given “RIFs” or notice by the Defense Department that they will be released from service as their positions are eliminated. That will mean more vets looking for work in the coming months, and the likelihood of finding employment will be as daunting as ever.

Herein lies a great opportunity for businesses looking to make the right hire at a time when applicants far outnumber the openings. In fact, hiring a vet who keenly understands how to do more with less will add great value to your bottom line very quickly. Stack a former military service member against anyone else in any competitive job interviewing process, and I’d bet on the vet every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

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(retired) Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN, ([email protected]) is former director of operations for U.S. European Command, and is currently the vice president of C4ISR systems for Sentek Consulting.
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