World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles in France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Today, Veterans Day serves as a day to honor the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and thank them for protecting our freedom.
We are lucky to have three wonderful veterans on our own Ariba Discovery team: Tripp Russell served in the United States Marine Corps for four years as a Lance Corporal, Keaton Russell served in the Marine Corps for six years as a Corporal, and Jason Duarte served in the Marine Corps for five and half years as a Sergeant. All three of these amazing young men have been a huge asset to our team and it is such a pleasure to get to work with them every day.
In addition to the veterans on our own team, Ariba Discovery also works with many veteran-owned companies such as Armed Forces Construction Group, LLC. The company's co-owner, Sam Crawford, spent six years serving his country as a member of the United States Navy. Today, he is devoted to helping his fellow veterans build bright futures by employing them to support his commercial and residential construction projects. And Ariba Discovery connects him with opportunities to place them. Crawford currently has crews in 16 states.
There is no doubt that hiring U.S. veterans makes sense from many standpoints. In his article for Veterans Today, Captain Benjamin Jones shares the top 10 reasons to hire a veteran:
1. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
To learn more about Armed Forces Construction Group, LLC and how they are successfully leveraging Ariba Discovery, check out their press release.