13 Advantages Vets Have In The Marketplace – Test YY

5. Integrity

Much of soldiering is practical. You learn how to perform hundreds of skills, how the military works, and how to take care of equipment.

One of the few “intangibles” that all branches of the service make time to teach is the idea of honor.

If it got emphasized in your training (and it almost certainly did), that was for a good reason. Military personnel absolutely have to be trustworthy. Lapses of conscience don’t just reflect badly on the service; they can be dangerous to the security of the nation itself. That’s why all branches of the service spend so much time emphasizing that their members are honorable soldiers.

To a great extent the military is also pretty good about rewarding moral behavior. No institution is perfect, but military discipline does about as well at encouraging “doing the right thing” (and penalizing people who don’t) as any system out there.

The result is veterans who are typically more trustworthy than their competitors in any given field. Employers can generally assume that someone who was trusted with live ammunition is someone that can be trusted with their investments.

Your skill set is another matter, obviously. But don’t underestimate how badly many companies want people who can be trusted, whether it’s with internal trade secrets or with the public image of the brand or both.

By reminding people that you’ve been bound by your branch of the service’s code of honor for the duration of your enlistment, you effectively pass an unofficial “security check,” and that’s a big advantage.

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