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LTC Stephen F.
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Thanks for sharing an interesting article by Dakota Meyer COL Mikel J. Burroughs
The article seemed to be focused on a 28 Jul 2016 hiring event in Atlanta.
I appreciate the valor of USMC veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.
He makes some general statements which fit many but certainly not all veterans:;
1. Veterans are problem solvers.
2. Veterans are successful leaders.
3. Veterans are loyal.
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Sgt Joseph Baker
Sgt Joseph Baker
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I work as a team leader at a major aerospace manufacturer, a position which I planned for when entering the Corps. Many of my techs, and all the best ones I have worked with over the years, all had military training. Some have trigger time, some not but they all bring an internal ethos to do the job right, to do their best, to bring credit to their team. I know of many Marines who are in leadership positions, and Navy, and Air Force, and Army. Veterans don't hold all the slots in leadership, but they hold many. Some folks think the commercials about learning leadership in the military are just a sales pitch. But my experience tells me it is absolutely true. Sometimes employers may think "I'm not hiring for a leadership position right now," but someday you will. Veterans start with just leading themselves at first, something that many non-servers in their 30's haven't figured out. When the day comes, the cream rises to the top
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SFC William Farrell
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Thanks COL Mikel J. Burroughs. While I have the utmost respect for Dakota I wonder what makes him an expert on everything. Receiving the Medal of Honor does not make him an expert but he does seem to give an awful lot of commentary. He is the only MOH recipient I have seen who is this vocal and I follow him on Facebook and have read his book. I have nothing against the man at all, I just think he is setting himself up for burnout.
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SFC William Farrell
SFC William Farrell
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs - With all due respect to Dakota Meyer, here is commenting again Colonel: "At the Democratic National Convention, retired four star Gen. John Allen, Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg and other veterans were heckled by the crowd with boos and chants of "no more war!"

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer thinks this lack of appreciation for the U.S. military is "typical of modern liberals."

On "Fox and Friends Weekend," Meyer said that many on the left don't understand the importance of fighting our enemies abroad to keep our homeland safe and they don't understand the enormous sacrifices our service members make." He's on Fox constantly.
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Sgt Joseph Baker
Sgt Joseph Baker
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My first reaction when I got the link to this from Col Burroughs was, "Is this THE Dakota Meyer?" I heard and read what he did for his men. A CMH is not a reward you get from a scratch ticket, especially so in the Corps. Whatever good and success he has for the rest of his life was earned in one day. He may not be an expert on anything, but I would definitely take his advice over some non-server. I believe all the attention he can bring to help his brothers and sisters to whom we owe so much is great. Semper Fi with a salute to Dakota Meyer USMC. OOrah!
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Yes. His award was earned. Give him the tesect he deserves.
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Sgt Joseph Baker
Sgt Joseph Baker
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Just as a point of clarification SFC Farrell, you don't have a CMH, am I right? snicker
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CPO Andy Carrillo, MS
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One key important truth that all future employers need to know and thoroughly understand about hiring veterans is that we do not suffer fools gladly, i.e., we disdain being micro-managed. Present us with mission parameters then get out of the way. Working for civilians who do not understand this work ethic will struggle with the work relationship.
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SGT Robert George
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Thanks Andy , the cartoon says it all !!!
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Sgt Joseph Baker
Sgt Joseph Baker
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You are so right! Been leading for nearly a decade, must have had to train 15 managers in that time. Some are good leaders, they come in, check things out for a bit, see how the leads work with their teams. If they have it going on, they provide some guidance but let their NCOs I'll call them run the show and harvest the glory. Others come in that obviously don't know the business and start mucking around day 1 making a mess. Hopefully they outgrow their mistakes and start listening. Some don't. My attitude is this: if I hire a manager and all they do is run the things the teams should be running themselves, I don't need to pay them. I already have a lower-paid employee to do that, right?
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