My answer to Do veterans make good (better than average men) cops?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Veterans are trained and become experienced in the weapons and skill sets of war. This training and experience does not necessarily transfer directly to civilian work forces and police work.
The principal reason is that the military environment may seem to be structured in a way that supports police work but the military does not turn out individuals who are suited in the knowledge and experience necessary in the civilian environment and they are not very good at it without extensive training and adaptation.
I came out of the military having had a leadership role in combat support. I served in war zones in Southeast Asia and on highly classified missions. I was not a manager. I was a military leader in specialized skill sets.
I knew how to direct people who followed orders without question because the Uniform Code of Military Justice to which we swore an oath said they must do so.
I felt uncomfortable in jobs involving making decision involving public because they were foreign to me. I later adjusted, learned the venue and became skilled at it.
Military personnel have specialty training and focus; few have a wide view of what is in front of them, particularly with respect to military vs. civilian professional settings.
In fairness to veterans and to our hopes for them in the future, we must understand these above distinctions, understand the risk and assist wherever possible.
Above all, a respectful partnership and realistic expectations must evolve between the veteran and the civilian employer for success in transitioning former military personnel into the civilian work force.
This must be achieved through education, training, communication and assessment of both the veteran and the company personnel.