This Forbes article raises some valid points about corporations giving an edge to officer rank veterans. I agree that there are more obstacles facing enlisted rank veterans transitioning into a white-collar environment, but is it always the corporations fault? Many enlisted veterans that I know, even after college, choose the blue-collar route. I don’t believe enlisted rank veterans give white-collar career fields a fair chance after service. As an enlisted rank veteran that has worked for two corporations, I have noticed that veterans (officer and enlisted) are in high demand.
With the large number of career fairs and recruitment initiatives aimed at veterans, I have to think there is a missing component when dealing with enlisted rank veterans. Do enlisted vets even want these jobs? Are they informed enough about the different career paths available? Do they know how to effectively translate their skills (soft skills vs. hard skills)? There are many great blue and white collar careers for vets to choose from, but I would love to see more enlisted vets at the water cooler.