The Greatest Generation, 2.0
Today, the longest wars in American history are coming to an end. More than 2.9 million service members have returned to civilian life — with another million troops returning to the private sector over the next five years.3
“The greatest generation, after World War II, were the ones who survived and came home,” John explains. “Based on the things they learned in combat — the energy, the focus, the discipline and the integrity they came away with — they were motivated to create real and meaningful progress in our society.”
“Today, history is repeating itself. We now have professionalized a force with exemplary work ethic and focus on values.”
Among the major things that attracted John to Koch were the clear values and guiding principles shared by both the military and his new employer — helping make that fit as seamless as possible. In fact, today Koch successfully employs thousands of veterans of all ages, who have found a home in a place that shares their values.
“The first two guiding principles at Koch are Integrity and Compliance,” John said. “The service member is raised in an environment where they have to be compliant. The folks who succeed and do the most good for the service and the nation are the ones who have integrity. So, people in uniform already have the advantage of understanding and embracing those principles.”
“As the privates I once commanded left basic training, I used to tell them this: ‘If you really embrace and live these values now, they will stay with you for the rest of your life,” John recalls. “And whether you leave the service in three years or in 33 years, you will be creating the foundation for a future ‘greatest generation.’”
And with that, you can add Motivational Speaker to John Buckley’s long and storied list of professional titles.
If you are a veteran who wishes to explore career opportunities at Koch, visit KochCareers.com/veterans.
1 Veteran Job Retention Survey – Syracuse University and Institute for Veterans and Military Families, October 2014.
2 Veterans TALENT INDEX by Monster/Military.com, 7th Edition, November 2014.
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor; Dec 2014 (Released Jan 9, 2015).