Capitalism vs. Socialism: Is there a Difference?
by: Troops to Trades
April 7, 2015
On the receiving end of public service, it is all debatable! The first Non-Profit Recruitment Firm for Veterans in America closes the gap.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 07, 2015
April marks a revolutionary milestone for Mission Complete, a new and unconventional integrated employment business model to connect Veterans and transitioning service members with employers who join as members with the organization, and help translate a service member’s military skills into the civilian workforce. Additionally, Mission Complete provides an outlet for employers who are seeking to leverage the skills and talents of Veterans and transitioning service members.
No Cost Veteran Recruitment:
This nonprofit Veteran-staffing firm offers NO-COST recruitment services to all employers who become members with the organization, saving time and money. In general, hiring cycles are reduced by as much as 50 percent while recruiting budgets are kept firmly intact. Mission Complete understands the complexity of the responsibilities for a developing business; tasks such as budgeting, managing operations, marketing, and recruiting and training quality employees can leave little time for much else. This organization serves businesses of all sizes in a variety of industries, recruiting and retaining a robust Veteran workforce, entirely at no cost. The Nova group carried out a 2012 survey in the following industries: Transportation, Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Healthcare, Professional Services, Technology, and Manufacturing. 80% of companies surveyed utilize outside recruiting help and 52% of companies spend $1 Billion+ on recruitment every year.
Mission Complete identifies Veterans with skill sets applicable to civilian employment at member organizations, and ensures progress towards reaching each Veteran’s career goals after their military service. Moreover, the organization provides employers with a targeted pool of resumes from Veterans and transitioning service members, and engages all sectors of society to give our transitioning service members and Veterans the opportunities and support they have earned.
According to the Department of Labor statistics in 2014, 21.2 million men and women, or 9 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population, were Veterans. While there was a net decrease in unemployment throughout 2014, Post-9/11 Veterans experienced unemployment rates that were higher than those of both the greater Veteran population and the national average. While the annual average shows that Veterans overall experience lower rates of unemployment compared to the nation as a whole, this is still not the case for our most recently separated Veterans. Post-9/11 Veterans have constantly experienced unemployment rates that are higher than both of these groups from 2012 to 2014, indicating a need for outreach, policy and programming targeted at refining the transition process for this population. Furthermore, among our most recent Veterans, some populations are still struggling more than others to find employment. Women Veterans have had a pattern of higher rates of unemployment compared to male Veterans over the past few years.
Since the organization’s launch, Mission Complete has made their presence known in Capitol Hill through their support of legislation specifically to expand Veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying positions for those re-entering the civilian workforce. Additionally, the organization advocates policymakers who wish to address veteran unemployment to focus attention on policies and programs that facilitate a more efficient job search.
With the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan upon us and a continuous troop withdrawal through 2016, the next year will be a crucial time to establish a path forward for the effective transition of Veterans’ to civilian life after service. Now is the time to ensure that all of Veterans are returning to rewarding educational and career opportunities, including women and minority Veterans. If we are to move forward as a nation, we capitalize in the leadership experience and skills of our Veteran population. This starts with sustainable employment after service.
“You might say that by providing recruitment services with no recruitment fee we are enabling the agenda of the capitalists and creating a double standard for the socialists,” said Assal Ravandi.
About the Founder:
Assal Ravandi is one of the women who, today, have become so fundamental to our nation’s modern military force, from the battlefield to submarines to corner offices at the Pentagon. She is the Founder and CEO of Mission Complete, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every single honorably discharged United States Veteran finds gainful employment. A former U.S. Army intelligence analyst and language instructor, Ravandi trained as a combat-qualified linguist and cultural affairs adviser and served for 9 months in Afghanistan. Among her military honors and awards were the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. However, Ravandi would say that her proudest distinction was simply serving with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. The soldiers, under the instruction of Spc. Assal Ravandi, an automated logistics specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf. Regt., and a native Dari speaker, demonstrated for battalion leadership their grasp of the Dari language–one of the primary languages spoken in Afghanistan–which they have gained through participation in the battalion’s Internal Dari Language Training course. Ravandi said she began developing the course curriculum when her battalion leadership recognized that her knowledge of the Dari language was an asset to the unit and ultimately put her in charge of language instruction. A successful immigrant herself, Ravandi knows something about the difficulties of integrating into a new society. Identifying with the troops with whom she served, Ravandi realized that her new mission was to help Veterans from all backgrounds “connect the dots” between an honorable discharge and securing meaningful employment. Through a range of contacts, connections, and cajoling – with the help of a series of business professionals, executives, and educational institutions -Ravandi coordinates the steps necessary to help every Veteran of any branch of the U.S. military ultimately transition, both socially and economically, into a fulfilling civilian career.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there were 21,326,000 veterans alive in February 2015: The unemployment rate for women veterans in February is 5.7% (76,000); The unemployment rate for Black veterans in February 2015 was 10.0% (156,000); The unemployment rate for Asian veterans in February was 3.0% (5,000); The unemployment rate for Hispanic veterans in February 2015 was 4.7% (49,000); The unemployment rate for White veterans in January was 4.5% (400,000). Of the approximately 22 million living Veterans, about 2 million are women Veterans. They comprise 9.2 percent of the total Veteran population. VA estimates that by 2040, women Veterans will comprise approximately 16 percent of the total Veteran population. (Department of Veterans Affairs)
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