The Military Qualities of Success For Business


The central premise of translating Military Skills to Business is that a military training and experience provide a core foundation to excel in business and promote the overall financial well being of the corporation.  A secondary premise is military veterans and the employers of military veterans benefit when a military veteran is properly employed and motivated to utilize all their skills for the dual good of the employee’s career and the company’s business success.  The largest gap in this process is that military veterans and the employers of military veterans have not been shown a path or methodology how military veterans experience and training can best be employed to improve company results.  In its barest terms, military veterans have the skills and motivation to contribute more, then just need a pathway to best utilize those skills for the commercial success of a business.  The gap from success in the military to success in the business world is not as great as one might imagine.

Military veterans offer, as a baseline, critical, real world experience; critical decision-making skills; unsurpassed integrity; a strong leadership ethic; Success in execution; and employee coaching and development skills that make them a vital pool to the success of the business.  Additionally, military veterans, due to their core military experience and training, offer essential skills to lead the firm to greater business success.

The Military Qualities of Success

The Military Qualities of Success form the foundation for the successful execution of military operations.  A successful military operation is based upon the following qualities.  These skills are also critical for business to be successful.

caMO2Execution – Execution is the art and process of the successful completion of the military mission and key tasks.  Primarily, this is not the rote, stale execution of a laundry list of tasks that will lead to a successful military execution.  Good execution of a military plan to a successful conclusion requires the adherence to the plan and, more importantly, good “heads up” awareness and personal initiative to know when to depart from and adapt the plan to ensure the objectives of the original military plan are achieved.  Military members know to keep following a plan until the adherence to the plan will not achieve the expected outcomes.  At that point, training, initiative, and personal responsibility take over to adapt their actions to ensure a successful military outcome.

1000w_q95dddddIntelligence – Intelligence is the understanding and incorporation of all aspects of the battlefield environment from weather, terrain, cultural forces, language, the enemy force (s), the civilian population, etc. and how the numerous factors of the battlefield environment will act and react as friendly forces pursue their most likely course of action.  The successful incorporation of Intelligence into military operations not only describes the enemy and how they will act, but also serves as a prediction of their likely courses of action and their anticipated reactions as the friendly strategy is executed.  Good Intelligence is not all knowing.  Good Intelligence provides an accurate depiction of the enemy, how the factors of the battlefield environment such as the terrain and weather will affect the friendly plan, and the most likely actions the enemy will take or plan to take to achieve their outcome.

Planning and Preparation – Planning and Preparation is the art and process of preparing military forces to succeed in combat.  Military planning involves the military orders process that determines objectives, assigns responsibility, and assigns primary and secondary tasks to complete.  Preparation for combat operations involves the rigorous training of the military forces involved in both primary tasks, but also secondary tasks that may be required if a contingency plan will need to be executed.

8dbb6e22bde6dd23a486f6c0c3798347Team Leadership – In the military, a team accomplishes every objective or task of value.  Furthermore, the military possess few if any tools to give service members more money, a less dangerous assignment, or some needed time at home with loved ones.  For example, during the initial days of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, reconnaissance teams spent nearly 2 ½ times as long conducting observation on a planned parachute drop zone than their mission called for.  The team leader, rather than pulling off the objective, motivated his men with the importance of their mission and using personal example setting went on ½ water and rations to stretch their meager supplies so their mission would be a success.  This type of team leadership, while extraordinary, is in fact very common throughout all the US armed forces.  Teams, when motivated and well lead, accomplish amazing things.

Team Member Professional Development – Another leadership skill that the military does exceptionally well in the use of developing subordinate’s skill sets both in soft skills such as leadership and personal skills and in hard skill development such as advanced job training and additional skill qualifications.  The military views subordinate development almost as a chain process where by a lower ranking member is trained, educated, and coached to then assume a position of higher responsibility and so on throughout her career.  Subordinate development is critical because it is executed from one level to the next and to the next, so all members of the military get this development.

PLANETechnical Skills – Technical skills are vital because their mastery is what creates an effective combat fighter.  A Marine may have great planning and leadership experience, but unless she can fire her weapon accurately, operate multiple radio systems, operate counter Improvised Explosive Devise (C-IED) equipment, she may very possibly fail in the successful execution of her military mission.


Resources to Support an Effective Military to Civilian Transition:

  1. 5 Keys to a Smoother Military Transition – Great Advice to Succeed By @USAA –
  2. After Service: 3 Routes to a Civilian Career – Solid Military to Civilian Transition Advice By @USAA –
  3. Create a Military Transition Fund to Have a Successful Military to Civilian Transition –
  4. USAA Employment Tools to Help Translate Military Skills to Civilian Jobs – USAA Members Only (Free to Join) –
  5. USAA INSIGHT: 3 Ways to Ease Your Shift from Military Service to Civilian Life From @USAA –
  6. USAA Leaving the Military Guide – Advice & Support for a Smooth Transition – USAA Members Only (Free to Join) –
  7. USAA Military Separation Assessment Tool for Financial Planning – USAA Members Only (Free to Join) –
  8. USAA Military Separation Checklist Tool for Planning Your Military to Civilian Transition – USAA Members Only (Free to Join) –
  9. USAA News – Member’s Easy Military Transition? He Credits Education and Planning –


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