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In today's competitive job market, employers are constantly seeking individuals with unique skill sets and diverse experiences. Bachelor’s degrees are often considered a benchmark certification demonstrating someone’s ability to think critically and communicate effectively. Employers want to know that their employees are capable of thinking through complex issues and communicating well in the workplace. Depending on the job, many employers require at least a bachelor’s degree. One question that often arises is whether military experience can be considered equivalent to a traditional college degree. This post explores the valuable qualities military veterans bring to the table and why their experiences can be on par with, if not surpass, the benefits of a bachelor's degree.

Comprehensive Training and Leadership Development

Military service is not just a job; it's a unique form of education that goes far beyond textbooks and classrooms. Veterans undergo rigorous training programs that instill a strong work ethic, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility. The hands-on experience they gain in leadership roles, from squad leaders to commanding officers, provides a level of practical knowledge that is hard to replicate in a traditional academic setting.

Check out this blog post exploring the 2023 Veteran Opportunity Report for more insight into the in-demand skills and proven track record veterans bring to your organization.

Adaptability and Global Perspective

One of the significant advantages of military experience is exposure to diverse cultures and environments. Being stationed in locations around the world, working closely with individuals from diverse cultures, and learning to adapt to new situations and environments fosters a global perspective that’s not only invaluable in today’s interconnected world, but is far superior to anything learned in a textbook. Adaptability is a quality that is highly sought after by employers, especially those operating in multicultural environments.

Work Ethic and Discipline

The military places a strong emphasis on discipline, responsibility, and hard work. Service members are held to high standards of performance and develop a work ethic that resonates well in any professional setting. This discipline is not just a temporary aspect of military life but becomes a part of the veteran's character, making them reliable and dedicated employees.

Read this blog post to learn more about The Top 5 Benefits of Hiring Military Veterans.

Equivalent to a College Degree

According to the LinkedIn 2023 Veteran Opportunity Report,  Veterans are a highly educated talent pool, with 60.5% holding a bachelor's degree or higher. Veterans are also 3x more likely to have a graduate degree than nonveterans.

Employers should not overlook military candidates who haven’t earned a degree, recognizing that military experience goes far beyond a mere line on a resume – it’s a testament to the wide variety of skills, experiences, and training opportunities gained in the military that extend beyond academic knowledge. Experience can’t be learned from a book, and veterans bring a diverse range of skill sets and experiences that new college graduates simply do not have.

In addition to the technical skills acquired in the military, veterans embody discipline, resilience, and hard work. Employers should consider military experience at least equal to a four-year degree. Veterans gain an unbeatable education through their military service, and their skills and experience will give your organization a competitive edge in today’s job market.

Be sure to check out Orion Talent’s Military Hiring Solutions to learn more about how to add veteran talent to your workforce today. 

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