With Veterans’ Day this week, we turn our attention to hiring and working with veterans. On today’s episode, anchor Brock Yordy talks to Jake Fletcher, formerly of the RED HORSE, and Rob Meyer of Talon LPE, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. How is it for veterans to transition to civilian drilling and construction work? It’s episode 36.

This conversation explores the high value of veterans as a human resource to drilling and construction companies, but also explains some of the challenges going from the military to the civilian workforce.

“It’s really insulting,” Fletcher says of a common roadblock for vets. “You go from managing some of the best troops in the world — to build things, in my case. Then you come back and somebody’s telling you, ‘Well, you don’t have the right qualifications’ or ‘We’re not necessarily ready to trust you with this much responsibility yet.’ It’s kind of like, ‘Well, what’s the point? Why did I get out of the military if I was just going to be met with people who didn’t want to trust me to do what I was trained to do?’”

This episode covers:

  • Hiring military veterans in drilling, construction fields
  • Making the transition to the civilian workforce
  • Rigid structure in the military versus “relaxed” civilian work
  • Boosting veteran hires in drilling and construction
  • Helmets to Hardhats and other transitional programs

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Drilling expert Brock Yordy is a regular The Driller contributing writer. Send news tips and interview suggestions to questions@askbrock.com.

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