In the United States, there is around 1.3 million active-duty personnel, most of whom are between the age of 17 and 44. A lot of times, members of the military will sign up for four years of active duty and four years inactive. Once their active duty is completed, they can extend their contract, re-enlist or look for other opportunities.
For many, this can be a daunting task. Transitioning to a civilian career can be challenging, which is why the career path you choose matters.
At first, the options can be overwhelming. That is why you should focus on a specific industry — and logistics is a great starting point! This industry complements the skills you developed in the military, providing you with a rewarding career path.
The Relationship Between Logistics and the Military
The concept of logistics goes back to the earliest days of warfare. It is the foundation for the success of military operations — and the same applies to logistics companies outside of the military. Without strong logistics, a company cannot achieve its goal, make money and grow.
When transitioning from the military, it’s important to focus on transferable skills. You don’t need to start from “scratch” — you already have an impressive resume. Leverage your skills and strengths to find the perfect fit.
Those who serve in the military often possess strong logistics skills. From effective planning to communication, strong problem-solving to organization skills, these matter within the world of logistics and are considered assets when searching for your next career.
Why Transportation and Logistics?
This is a fast-paced, dynamic industry with a lot of opportunities for job growth. Depending on your interests and the opportunities presented to you, working in transportation and logistics could involve being a professional truck driver, sales, customer service, pricing, analytics and more.
Best of all, there are plenty of positions that offer the opportunity to learn about the transportation and logistics industry in a supportive, progressive environment.
“The main benefit I see coming to work in transportation and logistics after serving my country is that it’s just like the military; it takes a team effort to complete the mission,” said Demond, Werner Regional Logistics Manager. “The team works together to provide a solution for everyone involved. Also, you are prepared for pressure and welcome accountability.”
Why Choose Werner?
If you’re interested in working for a logistics company, Werner goes above and beyond for its team members, taking a particular interest in veteran support. At Werner, we have a variety of job opportunities veterans can choose from, whether that’s behind the wheel or in the office. We salute those we have served and are proud to work alongside the brave men and women that have sacrificed so much for our country.
Some reasons you should consider Werner for your next career move include:
- Being part of a tight-knit culture. At Werner, our team is family. This is something you can probably relate to as the military takes a similar approach. Respecting and being there for one another is critical to everyone’s success.
- You can expect something new every day, keeping your workweek interesting.
- Werner is committed to helping veterans find a rewarding and purposeful career.
- Many of the leaders within Werner are veterans. There is a common understanding among veterans. This connection is important in the workplace, even if you are no longer serving.
- There is plenty of room for career growth.
At Werner, we are proud of our world-class logistics team and would love for you to join us!