The Military Drawdown

The Military Drawdown is a terrible idea. This action will not improve our economy. Soldiers will be negatively affected by this move. The job market is not prepared to embrace the influx of veterans who must now find a new career. I believe the military will lose experience and knowledge from the soldiers that will be displaced from the military. What about the effect on soldiers who have spent most of their adult life in the military and it is all they know? So, focusing on the positive. America is about to be handed a gift. All of these soldiers will be

leaving the armed services with experience, training, and many of them with advanced degrees. With America having current worker shortages in the United States, many of the challenges of finding workers is that we can’t find enough qualified candidates to fill those jobs. Although we will only get 165,000 of these military troops over the next three years, they will be a hot commodity. They will bring a fresh perspective to workplaces that have lost certain elements to succeed. However what about those soldiers who can’t find a niche or place to fit their needs. The transition

from soldier to civilian is not an easy one. I recently just made that trip and I must admit that I feel lost sometime. I felt the comfort of a steady paycheck, free healthcare, and a kinship with my fellow soldiers. Adjusting to the everyday life of a civilian with new rules and standards was very difficult. On the negative side, the US military is going to lose a lot of experience and knowledge. Because the early retirement offer is going to be given to everyone, there are many seasoned veterans that have a lot of career ahead of them that are opting out of the military. This places some challenges

on our National Security and readiness, depending on how many of these soldiers get out. There are a number of soldiers that have intelligence-gathering backgrounds – and those skills, expertise, and knowledge will be rotating out with them. And, on the negative side, there are many soldiers rotating out that have basic skills in disciplines that we don’t need in the private sector. Some of these individuals will have been trained in one skill – and those skills aren’t needed in Corporate America. The military is not all fighting and heavy equipment. The training offered 1 million of our

children is in many cases superior to what they now find on today’s college campuses. They leave the military with skills and responsibilities, and without student loans; all too often, in contrast, our twenty-something students pile up debt without skills or real learning on contemporary campuses. We trust 20-year olds in the military to guide $100 million jets on carriers. However here in the states we worry every time we see a group of twenty year olds joy riding. Still the discipline and willingness to learn and work hard will make even these that are less qualified

a hot commodity. They can be retrained and can develop the skills that they need to have a fruitful career in the private sector. So, the draw down will be both positive and negative. I have to say that the US military will still be adequately armed to protect the country, so I want to lean toward the positive side of this equation and see this as an opportunity for corporate America to take on some quality workers. I recently acquired a job at the gym on Ft Jackson. I took months to find something this small.

I had to personally go to the gym and politic with the manager to get him to cut me a break. My charm won him over and he agreed to notify me when he was hiring and even told me how to get priority on the list. Even know I received the job but I am waiting on a background check to be completed. This draw down forced my family to struggle and make huge sacrifices so we could get by. My wife and I have not established healthcare yet. She takes as many extra tasks and hours to keep us afloat. I am not angry but I think a better solution is needed to solve the problems facing veterans.