Cassie Morris comes from a military family, and serving her country is deeply ingrained in her beliefs. She considered enlisting right out of high school, but her Aunt, an Officer in the US Army encouraged her first to attend college. She earned her degree in Geography but couldn’t shake her desire to join the military.
“Every two to three years, probably since I graduated from college, I talked to a recruiter in some way, shape, or form in different branches,” Cassie said.
But she was torn. Should she stick with her nascent professional career or leave it behind to follow her dream – and family's footsteps – in the military? Plus there are other considerations like meeting financial needs and balancing military and corporate lifestyles.
Serving in the military is often a family affair. According to Pentagon data, 80 percent of new recruits come from a military family and more than 25 percent have a parent who wore a military uniform. Often they build careers in the military. Many learn valuable skills they use to build a career in a particular industry such as manufacturing or high tech. Military vets make up 5.6% of the workforce, according to 2020 Department of Labor Statistics. Many industry leaders believe that number should be much higher, so they’re finding ways to remove roadblocks that inhibit military veterans from joining the workforce.