CHAPTER 4Military Transition as a Matter of Diversity and Inclusion

TWO YEARS AGO I SUBMITTED A CONFERENCE PROPOSAL suggesting that veterans in the civilian workforce be considered by diversity and inclusion professionals. To my surprise and delight, the proposal was accepted and I gave the presentation to a small but interested group. It was the first of many such presentations I would give at industry conferences, all gratifying developments.

Based on several factors, I see military-to-civilian transition as a diversity matter. At the simplest level—demographically—veterans are a diverse group. The most recent data available from the Defense Manpower Data Center is from 2008.1 It shows that 14.6 percent of the active military population is ...

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