Now a site security manager for G4S, Emmanuel Vaughn spent eight years in the Army, separating as a sergeant. He was a rifle squad leader in a light infantry company, responsible for the welfare, fitness, morale, and discipline of nine soldiers. He was also responsible for the individual training and maintenance of their equipment as well as the primary instructor and advisor in the matters of tactics, personnel management, and junior leader development. He directed his squad’s tactical employment during offensive and defensive operations, and was responsible for the accountability and maintenance of all assigned MTO&E equipment worth in excess of $750,000. Vaughn served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Kosovo.
He realizes that the time he served at the head of the rifle squad have paid off in the civilian world. “My leadership experiences that I gained it the Army have helped me become a leader in the civilian jobs,” Vaughn said. “I enjoyed my MOS (military occupational specialty) in the military.”
Vaughn suggests that servicemembers take advantage of extra opportunities. “I would recommend that they volunteer for any extra schools that may come along,” he said. “I think the skills you learn in the military help out in many ways. It might be crisis management, or it may help you be a better leader.”
One of the things that Vaughn believes civilian employers look for is the confidence that comes with most veterans. “I do think that the majority of soldiers that enter the civilian workforce have a better work ethic, and thrive in tough situations,” he said. “I think the confidence you receive from the military carries over, making you feel like there isn’t anything you cannot accomplish if you set your mind to it.”
As for looking for employment after the military, Vaughn suggests each veteran play to his or her strengths. “I would tell the men and women getting ready to transition into a civilian job to use the skills and training they received in the service,” he said. “Have their military schools transferred over into college credits. I would also tell them to look at jobs that pertain to the MOS they had while in the service. It is always easier to transition into something you’re familiar with.”
Vaughn believes that G4S offers a lot of opportunities to veterans. “My company is a good place for veterans because it caters to the military and allows veterans the opportunities to advance, and be put in leadership roles,” he said.
Plus, those in the military will have a head start at G4S. “I would say that being in the military is an advantage for anyone trying to get on with G4S,” Vaughn said. “For example, the military teaches you weapon safety and leadership qualities. It also teaches discipline – and those are some of the skills you will use in the security field.”