Military 101: Introduction to Hiring Military Candidates

What is it?

Military 101 is a training course developed by JPMorgan Chase that provides a summary of the structure and culture of the U.S. military, as well as the training and expertise gained by service members throughout their military careers.

Why is it useful?

The U.S. military and its culture, structure and governance is sometimes opaque to civilians – especially if the individual has no close family association with the armed forces.   The information contained in Military 101 is designed to serve as a guide about the U.S. military to enhance companies’ ability to recruit, hire, retain and advance veterans. 

After first outlining the different military branches and governing structures, Military 101 describes how the services train and develop individuals. A map of major U.S. military bases is included; rank and military specialties are described; the differences between officer and enlisted service tracks is provided; military service status and military compensation are also explained.   

Who would use it?

  • Human Resources Professionals could use this information to train recruiters about the skills and experience gained during military service.  Understanding the information in Military 101 ahead of a job interview provides the human resource professional and hiring manager with the knowledge to ask the appropriate questions about the individual’s skills, experience and discharge status. It could also help prepare the HR representative for a conversation about compensation and salary expectations.
  • Hiring Managers could use this information about the armed services structure and its culture in order to better understand their veteran employees and job seekers.
  • Communications Professionals could use this information as a resource when developing internal and external messaging about the history, culture and experience veterans bring to an organization.
  • Veteran Job Seekers could use this information to help structure their resumes and to compare their military experience to civilian job opportunities.