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to Recruit, Hire and Retain Members of the Military Community

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The Business Case for Hiring Military-Connected Talent

Members of the military community including veterans, transitioning veterans, military spouses, caregivers and Guard/Reserves are valuable assets to our workforce. They have in-demand skills that are further enhanced by their military lifestyle. Despite their sought-after skillset, many members of the military community face unemployment or underemployment, representing a significant pool of untapped talent for workplaces.

They have the “hard” skills employers need:

80%

of HR professionals say veterans have the educational backgrounds they need

78%

of HR professionals say veterans have the necessary technical expertise

Military spouses are highly educated

Roughly 10% of military spouses have a master’s degree, MBA or professional degree

They have the “soft” skills that are even more important today:

96%

of HR professionals say veterans are uniquely trained to work through chaotic times

85%

of HR professionals, managers and senior-level leaders reported positive experiences working with military spouses

63%

of HR professionals say veterans are more resilient remote/virtual workers compared to civilians

Barriers Veterans and Their Families Face

Members of the military community encounter significant barriers when searching for employment opportunities.

At of the end of 2023, the current unemployment rate for active-duty military spouses was around 21%*.

Despite their unique skills and considerable value to employers, a significant portion of this community reports encountering obstacles in attaining employment.

* COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI) Pain Points Poll
**Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. (2016). Veteran Job Retention Survey

Why Hire Military-Connected Talent

of HR professionals say that the talent pool of veterans is embedded with diversity of gender, race and age.*

of HR professionals say that veterans are uniquely trained to work through chaotic times.*

of HR professionals say that, compared to civilians, veterans are more resilient remote/virtual workers.*

of HR professionals, managers and senior-level leaders reported positive experiences working with military spouses.**

Learn More About the Benefits of Hiring Military-Connected Talent

Through the Military Community at Work initiative, SHRM Foundation works directly with HR stakeholders to reduce barriers from within the hiring process and enhance support for transitioning veterans, military spouses, caregivers and guard/reserve throughout the employment lifecycle.

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Discover Our New Guidebook

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Programs and Resources

SHRM Foundation, in conjunction with our investors, developed first our Veterans at Work initiative which has expanded to the Military Community at Work initiative to provide HR stakeholders with proven educational content and resources to learn effective ways to reduce barriers and stigmas affecting the employment of members of the military community. Together, we provide resources that are provided at no cost thanks to generous funders that help all HR stakeholders implement better employment practices for military families in their workplace.

Military Community Ambassadors

Become a volunteer in our Military Community Ambassador program to provide education and training within your community to support the recruitment, hiring and retention of members of the military community.

Veterans at Work Certificate

A free program that teaches best practices to attract, hire, and retain veterans. 10 PDCs on completion.

Employing Veterans: Digital Toolkit

High-quality resources focused on veteran hiring for HR professionals in small- to mid-sized companies.

Wendi Safstrom

President, SHRM Foundation

“The SHRM Foundation knows veterans and their families are valuable members of our workforce, and our Military Community at Work initiative will help HR professionals attract, hire and retain members of the military community.”

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SHRM Foundation is proud to be part of Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). We have joined more than 500 organizations to support this important partnership and renew our dedication to recruiting, hiring, promoting and retaining military spouses.