Why hire ex-Forces

It’s no secret that military veterans make excellent employees, but it’s often difficult for employers to understand why. There are many reasons why veterans are a great fit for any company, some of which include being able to thrive under pressure, delivering against tight deadlines, and an ability to cope with change. There are many advantages of hiring veterans; here are just a few.

Skills and Training

Ex-Forces personnel are trained and skilled to the highest levels.  Expertise ranges from senior executive leadership, through operational management, to technical and supervisory skills. The Armed Forces train and develop specialist skills including:

  • Business Services
  • Information Technology
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Engineering
  • Security
  • Physical Training


Armed Forces personnel thrive under pressure and are used to delivering against tight deadlines.  A career in the military promotes flexibility, loyalty, self-discipline, reliability, a strong sense of duty and commitment, the ability to use your initiative and the ability to cope with change. Core competencies include:

  • Communication skills practised with internal and external stakeholders
  • Organisational skills
  • Leadership and management skills
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-motivation
  • Health and Safety, Security awareness and best practice
  • Team working

Our work with employers highlights the skills and competencies of Service leavers and veterans and we use this in our work with employers through the Career Transition Partnership.