Posted March 19, 2013 by Sean Blackmore in Community

Active duty military: ‘We’d do it again’

If you could start off over once more, would you make the exact same decision? According to a current survey, 78 % of active duty military personnel say a resounding &ldquoyes.&rdquo

When you consider of the sacrifices that our guys and females in uniform have created, specifically in recent years, this overwhelming good response may look odd. But when you think about the dedication to duty and our nation that they exhibit, it&rsquos not all that surprising. However, as war efforts draw down and the military reduces the size of its forces, thousands of active duty personnel will be discharged and returning to civilian life.

The poll carried out by Excelsior College in November 2012 also indicated that a large majority (88 percent) of active duty personnel anticipated to pursue a postsecondary educational credential soon after becoming discharged. What could be surprising to many in the civilian globe, nonetheless, is that significantly of the education received while serving in the military is college-level and has tremendous application in a assortment of civilian occupations.

As an education instance, an aviation electronics technician in the Navy, based upon the sailor&rsquos rating, will have had to full several coaching programs that are equivalent to college courses. This equivalency evaluation of military instruction is performed by the American Council on Education&rsquos College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and is accepted by most colleges and universities toward their degree requirements. In this Navy instance, an E-3 may well have as a lot of as 35 credits to put toward an associate degree in applied science at a college like Excelsior. That&rsquos more than half way toward the complete 60 credit-hour degree.

On the employment side, take an individual whose &ldquocareer field&rdquo in the Army was as multi-systems transmission operator, a 25Q in Army lingo, for example. Making use of the O*NET On the internet web site, which is sponsored by the U.S. Division of Labor, employers would find that an individual with this military occupation has the skills and encounter necessary in a handful of civilian jobs, specifically in the cellular telephone and two-way radio communications fields where the growth in job openings is anticipated to be a lot faster than typical by way of 2020.

Alarmingly, nonetheless, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the present veteran participation rate in the workforce is much less than 52 %. It&rsquos not just returning active duty personnel who are affected, nonetheless. Members of the National Guard and Reserve forces face equivalent employment problems and employers can grow to be actively involved in a system referred to as ESGR, Employer Help for the Guard and Reserves.

These who have served in our armed forces say they would do it all over once again. To them, the nation owes each a debt of thanks and the likelihood at an education and a job when they return residence. As employers and larger education turn into more informed about the abilities, education and robust operate ethic our military personnel bring to the civilian globe, the more we can do to assistance them by producing the transition less complicated. The rewards for undertaking so are high for everybody.

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Sean Blackmore