US Companies Enlist Help From Veterans

By: Anneken Tappe · November 20, 2023 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

The search for skilled employees is leading many U.S. companies to look to the armed forces.

The latest jobs report showed that unemployment for former service members was 2.9% in October — a full percentage point lower than the general population.

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The pandemic was a weird time, not least because it was marked by a massive shortage of workers. Companies have long been interested in hiring veterans, but growing interest is evident in the number of employers enrolled in the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge Program.

The Pentagon program, which connects service members to companies, has seen a membership jump from just 150 in 2019 to more than 3,800 today, prompting a review of how to handle the soaring demand.

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