Military members swapping stripes for ties, blue jeans or office casual should seek jobs in the fields of technology, operations management and engineering, according to an annual ranking of “Top 20 Hot Jobs For Veterans,” released Monday.
The rundown of leading employment opportunities for new veterans is based on surveys completed by many of the top “military-friendly” employers within the Fortune 1000, said Sean Collins, vice president of G.I. Jobs, a veteran and publisher of the list.
Impassioned wrangling over changing the way the military prosecutes sex assaults pits the 20 women in the Senate against each other in a thorny political battle over an institution where chain of command is sacred.
A bipartisan measure championed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that would have removed military commanders from decisions on whether to prosecute subordinates for rape, sexual assault and other serious crimes fell short in a procedural vote on Thursday.
The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans jumped in February, nearly erasing the gains of a few months ago, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.
Meanwhile, the nation’s unemployment rate held steady around 6.7 percent and the economy added 175,000 jobs.
The latest generation of veterans saw their unemployment climb to 9.2 percent, up from 7.9 percent in January. The number is comparable to the February 2013 unemployment rate of 9.4 percent for this group.
The Senate on Thursday rejected a controversial bipartisan bill to remove military commanders from decisions over the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the armed forces, delivering a defeat to advocacy groups that argued that wholesale changes are necessary to combat an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults in the military.
The Senate rejected a proposal Thursday that would dramatically overhaul how the Defense Department handles assault and rape cases involving military personnel, voting down a proposal that would remove military commanders from the decision about whether these cases should be prosecuted.
President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget for next year. It includes tax increases on the wealthy and spending on things like roads and job training. Little of it will pass the Republican House.
The budget would also shrink the armed forces. This could mean tens of thousands of service members will join the civilian workforce.
Jim Reed retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2011. After 27 years and nine combat deployments, he went looking for a job as a civilian.
The rise of a “new center of power” throughout the globe means “a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable and, in some instances, more threatening to the United States," Secretary Hagel said.
However, he stresses that this does not mean that the Department of Defense sees any more ground wars in its future, particularly as it wraps up America’s longest war in Afghanistan.
“We are no longer sizing the military to conduct long and large stability operations,” he added, in a briefing with Pentagon reporters.
In February, an On Your Side investigation brought you Part Two of Gulf War Fallout, as we followed the progress of two Marine veterans, and their struggle with Veteran's Affairs. Their struggle is over a cancer diagnosis the men claim was due to exposure to depleted uranium.
The story got the attention of Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid, who vowed to help. On Wednesday, there were new developments regarding the VA, and a new bill Senator Heller is expected to introduce.