Three Reasons Skill Gaps Occur for Military

Approximately 39 percent of people 25 years and younger are unemployed; but what about military veterans? After serving for the military, they have received their fair share of education, training and skills. But they don't always transfer to jobs as civilians. This is a skills gap and it keeps them from using their learned skills for actual employment outside of the military. Sure as infantrymen, those skills helped them every day. But when they become veterans, it is very difficult to prove their skills will help them get employment. Here are the main reasons why skill gaps occur for military.

Failing to Have Transferable Training

The first reason military have skill gaps is because of their non-transferable training. It is no mystery that training received while in the military is usually specific to their military job. But most of this training doesn't pertain to civilian jobs and lifestyles. Sure, some military personnel get formal education and training for jobs available in their civilian lifestyle, but thousands others have no training or skills that will get them jobs as military veterans. Marines who learn skills in defense and combat, aren't going to have skills transferrable to jobs.

Lack of Similar Civilian Employment

Another reason why the skill gaps occur in the military is because of the jobs in the military not having an equivalent civilian counterpart. There are many jobs available while in the military, whether you're in the marines, navy, or air force, that there just isn't the equivalent in your civilian lifestyle. This is another big reason why there is a major skills gap for veterans and why they're desperate for employment, even when not related at all to the skills and training they have already received. It makes training programs important, because that at least helps veterans after they get out of the service.

Job-Specific Training

Finally, most training in the military is specific to their jobs in the military, not when they get out of service. Similar to not having a civilian counterpart, the skill gap occurs when your training in military service is for that specific job, and it doesn't apply to any type of job when you become a veteran. Imagine being in the air force and having extensive technical training. Well that training was great while in the air force, but does it really apply to any type of job when you're not in the air force? Probably not; and that creates a problem, hence the skills gap in the military.

While these issues make it hard for military veterans to find a job which they are qualified for, it doesn't mean there is no hope. Many military members do have training in things like the legal, financial or medical field, which helps them find employment after they leave service. For others, there are new training programs being implemented all the time with the specific purpose of helping to avoid that gap between skills learned and skills used for civilian employment.

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