November 6, 2015 — Many may remember the 1968 novel “Mash” by Richard Hooker that also inspired the 1970 movie “MASH” that was then followed by the TV series of the same name that aired from 1972 through 1983. “MASH” (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) and all the personas — including but not limited to “Hawkeye”, “Hot Lips”, “Trapper” and the “4077th” company clerk, “Corporal Radar O’Reilly” — were loved by millions. Of course the book, the movie, the TV series and characters were touted as being “fictional”; but in reality the entire ensemble reflected actual ‘troops’ in real world military situations.
So Here’s The Scoop: Before I get to how that topic has anything to do with the Land of Time I wanted to pass along a few thoughts. For example, did you know that to start the enlistment process and sign on the dotted line can be accomplished in less than an hour? Sometimes even quicker!
After signing up the recruits will soon visit a “Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)” to determine their actual fitness to wear the uniform and finish the enlistment process. From there it’s off to basic training (aka: boot camp) where the military will do their utmost best to eliminate many of the civilian qualities the new personnel arrive with and replace those with the more desired military attributes.
During that initial enlistment phase the soon-to-be service members will also select their chosen profession (for which they’ll be trained) and in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps they are assigned a set of digits and initial(s) known as their MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).
There are ‘job’ acronyms for those serving in the other U.S. Military Branches but regardless of the service or job description the one thing that is nearly universal is that nearly all the women and men who join the Services have no military experience whatsoever nor any training, education or a background in the MOS they desire.
For the most part the majority are in their late teens and early 20’s and after basic military training they advance to their MOS school where they are thoroughly trained from the ground up to become (e.g.) a cook, a clerk, a computer specialist, an MP (military police) or to be a ground-pounder (aka: grunt) in the infantry, a combat medic (DOC), a pilot, a linguist, a tank (Armor) operator, a mechanic and/or trained in over 100 other different, varied and often highly skilled MOS’s.
Upon graduation they are now fully fledged (e.g.) soldiers who ship off to their 1st ‘duty-station’ as PP (permanent party) where they perform their duties without hesitation, with merit, successfully and often brilliantly.
And it is at this phase in their Service to our nation that common traits and qualities have taken root in most ‘troops’ that are, quite frankly, characteristics not overly abundant in the civilian world they left behind.
Some of those newly formed attributes include but are not limited to a strong sense of loyalty, honor, pride, dedication, country, God, sacrifice, duty, respect and following ‘orders’ (aka: ‘rules’, so to speak). Plus most get along really well with their ‘peers’, will help anyone in need and some of those who serve in combat can be and are often horribly wounded and fully prepared to give their lives so that others may live.
And guess what, timeshare developers, management and HR folks? When they get out of the Service they come home with those acquired ‘traits’, which, in most instances, stay with them throughout their entire lives – and they usually pass those attributes on to their children and grandchildren.
The entire transformation from civilian to service member and back to civilian can be summed up this way: You can take most of the civilian out of the new ‘soldier’ but you can never take most of the ‘soldier’ out of the new civilian. Get it? Outstanding!
Which brings me back to the Land of Time and why this Veterans Day I’m highly recommending that all developers aggressively reach out, recruit and hire U.S. Veterans. And I’m not talking just about marketing, sales or management positions either because developers have all sorts of other career opportunities that Vets can and will be more than happy to apply for and fill.
As such, if any developer in our industry will put together a recruiting ad targeted specifically to U.S. Veterans — without violating any ‘law’ (so be creative) — and e-mail that to me I am pleased to announce that ITG will publish, free of charge, a full page advertisement for that very purpose and that ad will remain published ‘for the duration’.
Lastly, any U.S. Veteran (documentation required) that wants their resume published free ITG so that developers’, their Exec’s and HR personnel can review and consider their bona fides then e-mail that to me and we’ll host those CV’s until such time those Vet(s) secure that new career opportunity within our exciting worldwide industry.
Remember: Lest we forget – All gave some, some gave all and now it is our industry’s turn to repay the loyalty.
Now drop and give me 50. Do IT DO IT DO IT!
That is all.
Good Luck Out There
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