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Assistant professor Kaylee Hackney, Assistant Professor of Management, discovered several factors that influence veterans' successful transition into civilian life.

AFTER LEAVING THE MILITARY, MANY VETERANS STRUGGLE TO INTEGRATE BACK INTO SOCIETY, MAKING THEM AN UNTAPPED RESOURCE FOR EMPLOYERS. KAYLEE HACKNEY, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT, DISCOVERED SEVERAL FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE VETERANS' SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION INTO CIVILIAN LIFE.

“Almost 44% of veterans report some type of problem reintegrating back into the civilian sector. We found that rank was negatively associated with this veteran identity strain, which suggests that officer's report less stress in the civilian workforce than enlisted veterans. Another reason is that individuals who live in within the bounds of military life tend to form a really strong sense of comradery with their fellow soldiers, especially during combat deployment; And then those same feelings of comradery are not always present when we're in the civilian workplace. And then finally, society's perception of veterans can also make that transition from military to civilian life difficult.”

THE STUDY FOUND THAT OFFICERS HAVE MORE POLITICAL SKILLS THAN ENLISTED VETERANS, INDICATING IT HELPS INDIVIDUALS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION AND MORE TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS TO TRANSITION INTO THE WORKFORCE. THROUGH THIS STUDY, VETERANS CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES SURROUNDING THE TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR SKILLS IN THE WORKPLACE.

“Political skill is a trainable resource, so it’s something you can teach and so making sure you train these veterans in political skill, maybe even while they're in the military. “

“BUSINESS REVIEW" IS A PRODUCTION OF LIVINGSTON & MCKAY AND THE HANKAMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY.