Hire a Veteran - Daniel J. Koes, U.S. Marine Corps (former)
Immediately after graduating from high school, Daniel J. Koes joined the U.S. Marine Corps and attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. From boot camp, he was sent to Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
After a year of guard duty at Camp Henoko in Okinawa, Japan, Koes was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 (also known as the untouchables) at Marine Corps Air Station in New River, North Carolina where he was meritoriously promoted to a non-commissioned officer (NCO) and went on to become NCO of the month and quarter for his squadron as well as NCO of the quarter for Marine Wing Support Group 27.
During the Persian Gulf War, Koes volunteered to be augmented to MWSS-271 which deployed to set up a Forward Arming and Refueling Point in Tanijib, Saudi Arabia. Koes also volunteered to establish a Forward Operating Base at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait.
After he was honorably discharged from the Marines, Koes obtained his BA and JD degrees in six years through an accelerated program offered by Hamline University and Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Why Hire a Veteran?
Veterans Today's top ten list of reasons for hiring U.S. Veterans
- Accelerated Learning Curve
Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization's productivity.
The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one's colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
- Diversity and Inclusion in Action
Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
- Efficient performance under pressure
Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
- Respect for procedures
Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates' actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
- Technology and globalization
Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
Veterans know what it means to do "an honest day's work." Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.
- Conscious of health and safety standards
Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.
- Triumph over adversity
In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination.
Capt. Benjamin Jones, Attn Employers! Find out Why Hiring Veterans Makes Cents, Veterans Today (Jan. 25, 2010).
NOTE: Use of the Internet for communications with Daniel J. Koes will not establish an attorney-client relationship and messages containing confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent.