Wondering what to do after your military service is over? Why not do something you love?
If you currently work in a security-focused field (or want to), put your skill sets to use in the private sector! Private security firms are a booming business, providing much-needed professional services to executives, government officials and organizations around the world.
The qualifications and experience needed to fulfill the duties of these positions aren’t easy to acquire. That’s why Veterans are in such high-demand. So before spending all your time scouting for employers, we recommend taking a look at the employers who are scouting for you!
1.) Signal 88 Security
From commercial security to residential mobile patrols, Signal 88 Security offers a range of custom solutions for virtually all protection needs. Designed as a franchise model, the organization has been in business since 2003, with its first franchise launched five years later. Since then, Signal 88 has grown to over 170 successful locations around the country. Their highly-visible, branded vehicles serve as an effective deterrent against potential criminal activity.
Signal 88 is currently looking for Veterans who share their core values, which include a strong commitment to service for the communities they operate in. Their unique Officer Advancement Program is designed specifically to offer a transparent path to career progression.
They’re also actively seeking interested franchise owners, and offer a 10% franchise fee discount for Veterans. Apparently many entrepreneurial Vets have taken them up on this offer, because over 70% of their franchises are owned and operated by former military members!
2.) Allied Universal
Allied Universal is the “largest provider of security services in North America,” per their website… and with $7 billion in revenue and over 200,000 security professionals on their payroll, we believe them.
Through offices around the country, Allied manages the protection of 42,000 client sites across a myriad of industries. They are currently looking for Veterans interested in positions such as: Security Professionals, Access Control Officers, Vehicle Patrol, Dispatchers, Site Supervisors and many more. Their comprehensive employee benefits packages include medical and dental insurance, career development programs, flex spending accounts, 401k options, dependent benefits and plenty of other juicy perks.
Most Veterans should readily pass Allied’s basic applicant requirements, which are similar to military entrance qualifications. To learn more, visit their website or reach out to a recruiter to have more information sent directly to you!
SOC takes security seriously. With 5,000 highly trained experts safeguarding assets and operations around the planet, they’ve established a reputation as a go-to contractor for the Department of State, Department of Defense and several Fortune 500 businesses. SOC is owned by Day & Zimmermann, one of the nation’s largest companies (and a Top 100 defense company). It’s also a transitional member of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers Association (ICoCA).
SOC is committed to hiring former military and features a webpage outlining their Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) initiative, which is geared towards enhancing “the participation of Veterans in the Company’s growth and success.” They are active recruiters of service members who are transitioning out of the military and looking for find a good civilian career.
Interested? Check out their Career Portal and search through the categories such as Operations to find relevant openings. If you don’t see that option, click “Show More” to expand the list.
Vectrus excels in multiple core competencies, from base operations, supply chain and logistics services, IT mission support, engineering tech, strategic support and more. The seeds which grew into Vectrus were planted in 1945, when the International Telephone & Telegraph company transformed into the Federal Electric Corporation—the precursor to today’s global Vectrus business, which now operates in Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Romania and the US.
Vectrus operates in all types of conditions and work environments, which often requires personnel capable of handling high ops tempos and stressful situations. That’s why the company loves to hire Veterans who have applicable experience in their service fields. In fact, over 35% of Vectrus employees are prior military. They place high value on individuals with military backgrounds because of the demonstrated resilience and dedication to the mission which Vets so often possess.
Vectrus has been awarded for being a Military Friendly® organization on many occasions, and the Careers section of their website features a useful information page dedicated to Veteran prospects. Go see if anything looks interesting to you!
5.) IDS International
IDS is another defense contractor with their hands in virtually everything. Relatively new (they were founded in 2006), they’ve quickly become a major league player in the industry and are touted as the “U.S. military’s leading training partner in interagency and whole-of-government approaches to disaster response, humanitarian assistance, stability operations, and reconstruction.”
Working with the United Nations, CIA, State Department, USAID, the US military and many others, IDS operates in areas of conflict and disaster to provide comprehensive critical support functions. This includes rapid response expeditionary services in both contingency and enduring environments.
Whether it’s operations in Afghanistan or humanitarian support for the World Food Program, IDS International is a trusted partner managing high-stakes projects around the globe. Working for them offers many rewards, including 100% medical insurance, a generous funds-matching 401k, paid vacation and sick days, paid professional development opportunities and a “casual, fun, supportive work environment with all the tools and amenities you need to thrive.” Sounds perfect for Veterans! They think so, too, and are on the lookout for skilled warriors to join the team.
G4S specializes in risk consulting, software & technology, systems integration and security officers. Their security arm is Wackenhut, which focuses mainly on armed/unarmed security programs, risk consulting, security systems installation and integration, access control and video surveillance.
G4S security officer jobs include training at their ISO-certified North America Training Institute. They also have Custom Protection Officer jobs for graduates with an educational background in criminal justice, police science or security administration (or who are qualified via sufficient practical experience in law enforcement or related military experience). With 40,000 employees and over a billion in annual revenue, G4S offers long-term career options and is always happy to work with military Veterans!
This list is only a sample of the numerous security companies who want to hire Veterans right now. Do your research carefully and start getting ready for your transition into a bold new future!