Posted on Feb 23, 2015
LCpl Hector Verduzco
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Why is it that when a Military Veteran seeks help to find employment, the employers usually end up underpaying. I have worked for Multiple Security Companies but usually get payed around $9.50 - $10.50 hourly. Is there any way of obtaining a Higher paying career? Or am i the only one that is having trouble understanding pay scales or pay rates?
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SGT Edward L.
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Hector, remember that in many cases getting out of the service means a fresh start, bottom of the totem pole, depending on the industry you decide to push into. It is oft repeated, and probably seems cliche, but it really is true that you wouldn't let a civilian become a Sergeant, or a Lieutenant right off the street, and the same holds true for us as well.

The security industry can be extremely fickle, and as you see more and more veterans leave the service, you will find that in many cases there just are not as many opportunities for immediate advancement.

It has been my experience that the security industry doesn't just reward expertise, but loyalty as well. Find an organization that you enjoy, and try sticking with them for awhile until you can push into a supervisor position.

Going to school will keep you competitive, and look at joining security organizations such as ASIS. Extracurricular activities such as joining your Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will help you network, and add some experience on your resume.
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TSgt Cyber Systems Operations
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I tried going down the Private Security Route, but my wife did not like that idea, but I will tell you what helped me.

If you are looking for 20$+ per hour or wanting to go overseas get the following things done. As SGT Edward L. said a lot of these companies reward Loyalty, they want to know that you will protect the clients assets before yourself in some cases.

1. Get weapons certified for California. As we know anyone can use a weapon in the military, unless you were Ranger, SEAL, Delta etc...etc...You have re-prove your skills in the civilian sector.
2. Get your EMT-B at minimum. Need to plug the holes you put in someone or the holes in your buddy.
3. TWIC and Passport.
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CPL Hayward Johnson
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Naw bro you aren't alone. When i ets i went straight to security as well. Started at the bottom and got tired of scrapping the bottom of the barrel. Went to school for massage therapist, carpenter, electrical, and heavy equipment operator only to land a job in transportation. Not a bad gig for the time being,but still have future plans in entrepreneurship. Maybe taking a look at other avenues of approach for maiking income would be something good as well
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