Americans recognize the impact our nation’s manufacturing industry has on the U.S. economy. They also recognize the important role it plays in job creation. In short, this industry truly matters to Americans.
Yet, there’s even more good reason for male and female veterans to pursue careers in this field. The U.S. has established itself as a leader in manufacturing worldwide. Several strategic advantages have helped make America’s best-known manufacturers and its industry, as a whole, the envy of other nations for over 100 years:
- Manufacturing is considered a key component of a strong national economy.
- Americans consistently rank manufacturing as our most important job creation strategy.
- For every $1 spent in this field, another $1.81 is added to the U.S. economy.
- 77% of Americans consider a strong manufacturing base a matter of national priority.
Despite this, those of us working in or working to promote long-term careers in this field know that we face a skills gap. The numbers are simply undeniable:
- 84% of manufacturers agree: The U.S. suffers from a talent shortage.
- Between 2015 and 2025, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled.
- Those already in the industry are more likely to encourage others to join.
Partnering with other veterans—whom Inc. magazine cites as possessing uncommon levels of resilience, fearlessness, and dedication—is one sure way to close that gap. As a veteran ambassador, you’re uniquely positioned to help close that skills gap while introducing your comrades in arms to the benefits of working within the manufacturing industry.
Make no mistake about it! The SERVE toolkit is a serious call to action.
Join with us and lead the charge, helping to attract a diverse group of veterans into this sector. Veterans whose work histories—like your own—are rich in leadership, strategic planning, and technical experience. Accept our invitation and join forces with a network of veterans, like yourself, who are recognized for their ongoing contributions to our industry.