In a previous podcast, we got an executive-level view of veteran recruiting from Mr. Jay McCargo, President and CEO of ARServices. Following up on that conversation, we were introduced to three veterans who currently work on the ARServices team:
Bob Mortis: Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer at ARServices, Bob is a 28-year military veteran who retired in 1993. During his military service, his most notable roles were Deputy Installation Commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Assistant Commandant of the Quartermaster Center and School, responsible for training logistics personnel.
Barbara Hubbard: Currently serving as Director of Human Resources at ARServices, Barbara is a retired Navy Chief who served for over 20 years, including the first Desert Storm. Since retirement in 2005, she has garnered 12 years of experience in civilian workforce.
Andy Covert: Currently serving as Project Manager on the OPNAV Operational Effectiveness Initiative Contract at ARServices, Andy a helicopter aviator who served for 26 years in multiple roles with the Navy, retiring just 14 months ago. After connecting with ARServices for a “practice” interview during his transition, he is now a full-time employee.
Each veteran shared the aspects of their military experience and training that helped them succeed in a civilian workplace. Bob set the stage when he said that in the military, “You have to understand that no job is too large or too small. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves…personal agendas do not play into that.” Each of the veteran colleagues nodded in agreement and shared their own lessons of teamwork and leadership in military life that were transferable to civilian roles.
Listen to the podcast below to hear specific advice to transitioning veterans, and the companies that want to hire them.