November 11th of every year is a day we set aside to honor veterans for their sacrifice and willingness to serve their country. At the end of 2014, there was an estimated 21.2 million veterans in the United States1. Veterans have an admirable work ethic, sacrifice, dedication and honor. This group of citizens are sought after when they make the transition from active duty to civilian life. In particular, veterans make an excellent fit with logistics companies because of their experience and training.
Logistics Here, Logistics There
The similarities between the military and logistics can be seen in the term itself. “Logistics” comes from the French term, “l’art logistique,” which translates to the art of quartering troops2. Many refer to the Department of Defense (DOD) as the largest logistics company there is. Similar to those outside the military sector, the DOD distributes goods throughout the world. What many veterans, like you, may not realize is that you’ve been involved in logistics in some way, shape, or form. You have received certain logistics experience while on active duty which other candidates may have little, if any, exposure to. You may have overseen the movement of troops, food, supplies, or machinery. The similarities between the roles in processes and strategies in the military will come easily and could lead to a smooth transition in the logistics industry.
Veteran Skill Sets Are Ideal
Veterans are known for their determination. You are among the most educated and team-oriented individuals in the work force today. Logistics companies in particular want to employ veterans because your skillsets truly separate you from other candidates. Attention to detail, leadership, and willingness to work hard make you an ideal employee. Problem solving comes naturally to many veterans which is always a skill used within supply chains. Whether you are a driver, a shift manager, a financial analyst or engineer, you’ll be putting all of these skills to use. Your ability to problem solve will help you excel in many positions.
There are numerous opportunities for veterans within the logistics industry. The industry itself is growing and offers stability. No matter the state of the economy, there is always a need for goods to continue to be moved and stored. There are so many different roles within the industry. There are truck drivers, driver and warehouse managers, engineers, and so much more. Since the industry continues to grow, there is plenty of room for veterans to advance regularly and continue to add to your experience. Company qualities correlate closely to those of the military so there are common goals that veterans will be familiar with. Military characteristics such as adaptability, customer orientation, and team building are things that are equally important to logistics companies.
It’s likely that companies are looking for employees that entail the qualities veterans have. Veterans will continue to be an essential asset to the community and the logistics industry. Whether you are just transitioning from active duty or you have been out of the military for some time, we appreciate all that you have done.