Today’s military veterans have been trained in every imaginable occupation. There are nearly 8,000 military occupations and better than 80% translate into civilian occupations.

Information Technology (IT) is one of the larger occupational specialties in the military. Civilian companies clamor for IT specialists in almost every IT field. IT is one of the fastest growing fields in the country and it shows no sign of slowing down as we, as an international community, rely more and more on Information Technology.

While many of the IT occupations in the military are back office applications, many military personnel are working in the field under extreme conditions and are capable of stripping an IT system down to its base components and rebuilding it under extreme conditions. This indicates to an employer that these individuals are capable of operating under pressure situations in the civilian climate that are nothing like the extreme military situations.

The continuing dynamics of the IT field requires constant re-education, increased skill knowledge and retraining. This is inherent in the military, as the training and skill upgrading is an almost constant process. In the civilian climate, if a company does not provide additional training, which many smaller companies cannot afford, the employee must train themselves which is often too time consuming or expensive, so their knowledge and skills become outdated.

Mobile technology as been growing on a geometric pace for quite sometime and will, undoubtedly, continue to do so. Military personnel used to working with SATCOM terminals and iPads in the military can easily translate these skills into civilian applications.

The military makes every effort to consolidate and reduce the services and solutions in the IT fields. These same skills are important in the civilian world as shrinking budgets and stronger competition.

Military personnel provide an excellent and ideal source of IT professionals to the civilian workplace, so capitalize on your IT skills.

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