- Obtaining a job that matches one’s preferred career field increases the likelihood of remaining in the job or career field, leading to higher job retention and higher personal income.
- Obtaining a job that matches the occupation for which the veteran was trained while serving in the military also increases job retention and personal income
- Military experience is often viewed positively by employers, increasing the likely hood of being hired. This, in turn, leads to increases in job retention and higher personal income
This paper focuses on testing propositions related to workforce readiness by examining the relationship between job preferences, military conferred skills, and a variety of outcome measures including retention, income, and perceptions about transition. Using self-reported data collected from veterans who transitioned from the military and are working in civilian jobs, our analysis demonstrates that the application of the skills gained in the military and securing employment in a desired career field are two critical factors in the transition process for both veterans and their employers.