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Most Military Veterans Have Project Management Skills; But Landing a Job Requires Translating Them into Civilian Terms

Even in times of peace, militaries don't sit still. Battle-readiness is the result of constant training and well-honed logistics capabilities. Mike Hoal learned that firsthand while serving in the U.S. Army. He spent years managing training projects at U.S. bases in both South Korea and the state of Washington, including as a sergeant first class senior operations/project manager. The U.S. military is a global organization, and Mr. Hoal's projects often crossed borders. One consisted of managing the logistics involved with sending soldiers and equipment from Washington to Singapore and then ensuring a joint training exercise with that country's military met objectives. That kind of project management experience helped him acquire all 4,500 hours of experience he needed to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam while in the Army. "I [qualified for] the PMP® [exam] solely based on my last three or four years of military experience," says Mr. Hoal, now a project manager for Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma, Washington, USA. (He's also CFO of the nonprofit organization Vets2PM.)
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