How Military Service Can
Lead to Business Success

Did you know that some of the most successful corporate CEOs out there today are also military veterans? The leaders of Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and FedEx are just a few top CEOs who have made a notable impact on the business world after military service.


As the infographic illustrates, what helped to propel their careers were the qualities they developed in the military. Among them:

  • Discipline and focus: Companies appreciate the commitment, accountability and readiness to make improvements learned in military life.
  • Team orientation: Military personnel must depend upon one another, often for the sake of protecting their own lives. They know how to adopt a flexible mindset and collaborate, which is essential in today’s team-driven work environments.
  • Resilience: The military teaches people how to survive under challenging physical and mental conditions. Those who’ve served know how to be the voice of calm and reason during chaotic business times.
  • Motivation and pride: There is no slacking off in the military and hard work is done out of a sense of pride. Military veterans bring that same strong work ethic to the business world.
  • Strategic thinking: Companies want employees who can see the big picture and help them stay one step ahead of competitors. All branches of the military teach these strategic thinking skills.

Military Leaders in Business
Military service often gives veterans the confidence to become entrepreneurs. In fact, veterans are 45 percent more likely to start their own businesses compared to those who haven’t served.

Veterans who pursue jobs with companies find that a diverse range of industries actively recruit those with military backgrounds, including information technology and services, defense and space, government administration, healthcare, and aviation and aerospace. Among the largest employers hiring military talent are Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Verizon, USAA and BAE Systems.

Many people who have served find that combining their military training with a college degree is beneficial. A survey of veterans on LinkedIn found that 56 percent went to school following their service, either to begin or continue their higher education.

Eastern Nazarene College supports U.S. military veterans and active service men and women who want to pursue a college degree. Financial assistance is available through the GI Bill. Eastern Nazarene College also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps to cover fees and tuition at a private school for those who qualify under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Further details are available on the Eastern Nazarene College website.