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Veterans Make Great AV Pros

This week we celebrate and salute those men and women who serve their country by getting up every day and putting on the uniform of their armed forces. In the United States, November 11 is the day set aside for Veterans Day. Other countries around the world also recognize those who serve their country on November 11, though some do it at other times throughout the year. We’ll take this time at AVNation to talk about the great benefits of hiring those who have served in the armed forces.
Teamwork
These men and women live dangerously close to one another for months on end. Their units are their extended family for the training, deployments, and movements. They eat together, sleep together, do everything together. There is typically not the “it’s not my job” type of attitude among them. There is a job to be done and there is no room for “day two” functionality. It has to be done when the commanding officer says it does. I have worked with a number of service members. The most memorable is a former Navy member who turned into an incredible project manager. She was organized, thorough, and didn’t take crap from the general or any of the other trades.
Technical Training
One of my oldest friends Desert Storm as a broadcast and radio technician. His army training included all of typical 3/4″ decks, Beta, satellite communications, video editing, and cabling. He came out of the military with a vast knowledge of electronics and broadcasting. It is one o the paths some of us get into the audio visual industry. Another friend spent his two tours in various parts of the world doing things with networks that I didn’t even think were possible. As part of their training, those in service to their country receive some of the best and most up to date education and hands-on experience once can get.
Work Ethic
This is a tricky one, and not something we talk about much. As a group, military members simply don’t say quit. There really isn’t any room for it in the service. This can be building a camp in the middle of the night or making certain a fellow soldier is kept safe during an evacuation. The same can be said when they get in your integration firm. They know how to give, and take, orders. Once put on a task there is a no-quit attitude that is admirable.
This is not to say that those who haven’t served in the military aren’t worth hiring. Obviously there are some great employees in your workforce who never have put on a uniform.-*However, hiring the wrong person can be expensive. As you are expanding your workforce and bringing on new team members you might want to take a second look at the ones that have military service.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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