Report: 2/3 of all veterans leave their first job out of the military within 2 years

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Report: 2/3 of all veterans leave their first job out of the military within 2 years

Sort of an interesting report here:

Roughly two-thirds of veterans are likely to leave their first post-military job within two years because of problems like low job satisfaction and limited opportunities for advancement, according to a new survey by employment specialists.

The report, from VetAdvisor and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, confirms concerns from many veterans groups that post-military employment problems don’t end when troops land their first civilian job.

According to the research, roughly 44 percent of veterans who responded to the survey left their first civilian job within a year of employment. Another 21 percent left after one to two years on the job.

Veterans blamed the quick job changes on a lack of advancement opportunity in their offices, tedious work requirements and finding that the job is a poor match with their military skills. But on a more positive note, more than 43 percent of veterans surveyed said they left their job for another, better position.

The reasons why veterans leave their jobs doesn't surprise me in the slightest.  One minute you are leading men and women in combat, responsible for life and death decisions, and the next minute you are worried about making sure you have the right TPS cover sheet.  That's tough.  And I'd love to see the numbers on what percent of veterans after 12 months out wish they were back in.  I bet it is high.

I'm lucky, and I know it.  I love my job, had it before I went in, and was excited to get back to it.  But "real life" just isn't like military life.  Especially so if your military skill doesn't have a civilian counterpart (like Infantry.) 

But I am heartened that most leave for better jobs.  That bodes well. 

Any of you have these issues?


(And yes, that is my humvee buried up past the bumper.  The ford wasn't as fordable as I had been led to believe.  But basically I just needed a picture for the story.)

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Because that picture disqualified you as a parking lot attendant.

My first job after AD was a transition job, which I left after 6 months for another better job. Unfortunately it was a very artsy and liberal workplace that didn't appreciate the infantry Sgt personality and I was gone 9 months after that.

So I agree, some is the lack of responsibility and some is the clash of culture/culture shock.

When I was coming up on my ETS, I was having some trouble finding a job that I thought fit me and my skill set. I was also having some trouble with translating military to civilian terminology and the reverse. In the end, I took a part-time job in a related field and began college classes to finish my degree. Within a year, I got a better picture of the civilian job market and moved to a full-time job that lasted 10 years.

I also left my first job after several months, but stayed in the field and took a position with more money and responsibility. Stayed there about two years and did the same thing again. Got an MBA, and did one more hop after three years with an employer. Now in the same place for the last nine years with decent security, benefits and salary. There is nothing wrong with switching jobs when better opportunities are available. On the other hand, job hopping without advancement is often viewed negatively by future potential employers, so it's best to be careful.

I ended up taking an aerospace engineering job working for the government as a civilian. The Air Force provided me with six years of aircraft experience. My civilian job just happened to be modifying an Air Force aircraft. I worked for civilian mechanical engineers with no military or aircraft experience whatsoever. They did have rank above me though. When the aircraft wouldn't balance correctly, I suggested lightening the payload or moving it toward the center of the aircraft. The solution that was implemented though, was to pile scrap metal on the lighter side of the aircraft. I am only sticking with the job because I can build on my federal retirement. I'd have left six months after taking the job otherwise.

I do wish I was still an E-5, however the Air Force and VA both pulled the "bait and switch" routine. I am out for service-connected reasons, but no medical retirement; and the VA reduced my rating after admittedly failing to notify me of an appointment. Now they say their regulations do not allow them to increase the rating back to where it was.

If you are on active duty and even break a nail, make sure you claim it. At least you'll have something to fall back on. Brain surgery gets you 30%, numbness gets you 10%, anti-seizure medication gets you another 10%. However, according to 38 C.F.R., most of the people I work with can claim 70% even though they have never left the state.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.