Veterans face three common stereotypes that make transitioning into the civilian space more difficult.
Veterans are heroes, but not strategic assets to a corporation
Veterans are broken and pose a risk to a corporation
Officer military experience is more valuable than enlisted military experience in the civilian professional space
On October 27, 2017, Edelman Intelligence released the results of its second Veteran’s Well-Being Survey of 3,197 U.S. veterans, non-veterans, employers and educators on their perceptions of veteran wellness, workforce readiness and employment. Although 76% of the employers surveyed want to hire more veterans, most have underlying misconceptions about veterans’ education levels, hard/soft skill set and potential for success.
Only 19% of employers feel veterans possess strong communication skills whereas 64% of veterans believe they are effective communicators.
Just 38% of employers believe the skills veterans acquire in the military are easily transferable to the private sector.
62% of employers feel veterans need more education and training before being qualified for non-military roles.
50% of employers believe most veterans do not pursue any higher education (a technical or four-year degree) while they are in the service or after they separate.
This belief is contradicted by the research by the Student Veterans of America (SVA), which found that veterans have obtained 453,000 certificates and degrees using the post-9/11 GI bill since 2009 and are expected to obtain 1.4 million degrees in the next 10 years.
Fewer than 20% of employers and non-veterans believe veterans have access to good or excellent mental health care.
However, 76% of veterans believe they have access to adequate mental health support, and 74% say they know where to go for help. Further, veterans and non-veterans claim to experience mental health challenges at almost the same rate, but veterans are more likely to seek help.
More than 70% of employers believe an internship or apprenticeship program would benefit their companies.
And almost 90% of current service members would be interested in participating in this type of program after leaving the military.
To change these misconceptions, we must first change the conversation around veterans. Battle Tested Veterans uses the power of first person-narratives to cultivate a deeper understanding of military service and the skills our veterans are ready to bring to the private sector.
Will you help us challenge veteran stereotypes?