I just saw a story on CNN about veterans having trouble getting jobs when they leave the military. The vets who were being interviewed were saying things like "it used to be that employers went out of their way to hire vets but now they just want someone who will increase their productivity." I find it hard to believe that employers didn't want to increase productivity before. And this got me wondering why it is that vets don't increase productivity anymore. Here is my purely speculative answer - really intended to illicit a further discussion from our more militarily connected Citizens:
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In the new military, civilian contractors are increasingly assigned the jobs that used to be done by men and women in uniform. Jobs like running the motor pool, driving trucks, running kitchens and mess halls, even things like electrical work are increasingly being done by contractors or by guardsmen and reservists who probably already have careers outside the military related to the jobs they do in uniform (like my cousin who is an electrician in an Ohio guard engineering unit). The goal of this new military is to have the uniformed service people take over the combat jobs and leave the non-combat stuff for the contractors. How many employers need someone who can effectively search and clear an Iraqi village of bad guys? We only need so many cops.
Is the high unemployment among vets an unintended consequence of the new military? I'd also be curious to see if Navy vets have better job prospects because civilian contractors can't work aboard ship.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 4:44 AM