America’s Military Still Reigns Supreme in Trust by its Citizens

"Through the breach" - US Army Rangers

An American citizen is more likely to let an unknown uniformed military service member watch her car while it is running near the entrance of the dry cleaners than she would be of asking the same of a religious clergy member, or even a man in a business suit.

That’s according to a Pew Research Center study released late last year (see graphic, below). In essence, Americans trust their military far more than they do their politicians, business leaders, the news media, religious leaders, or even school principals.

Young people walking around the Stockholm, Sweden

According the the Pew Research Center, if these are American citizens it is more likely that a US service member is holding their camera instead of a teacher, or politician. Why? Trust.

Though this may come as no surprise to anyone, the real insight would be found in the “why” and not the “what”. Why do Americans hold their military in such high esteem? The answer is clear, and it is the fact that American service members excel in attributes such as leadership, courage, proactiveness, caring, and sacrifice – all of the attributes that a private sector business would want within their population of employees.

This earned trust and commitment is what American citizens admire so much and it is what you – the business leader – brings into your company when you hire a veteran who has met or exceeded your hiring standards and requirements.

There is no ambiguity as to the loyal commitment of our military to do what they are asked to do by virtue of their duty to our Nation and its Constitution. Every so often, a metal flag-drapped casket serves as a very tangible and visible monument to the caliber of commitment inherent in our service members. This earned trust and commitment is what American citizens admire so much and it is what you – the business leader – brings into your company when you hire a veteran who has met or exceeded your hiring standards and requirements.

 

About Juan "JP" Perez (12 Articles)
Known simply as "JP" while in the "teams", Juan is a decorated U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and current IT company C-Suite executive. Inquisitive, insightful, and with a passion for continued growth and learning, JP continues to serve the 1st Special Forces Regiment brotherhood by mentoring retiring veterans - particularly, special operators - in tried-and-tested military-to-civilian transitioning techniques. During his years in special operations, JP worked closely with senior leadership of allied countries in the accomplishment of difficult multi-lateral efforts. Extensive experience working in U.S. embassies in Paraguay, Mexico and Colombia enhanced his ability to work across various professional cultures to achieve unified objectives.



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