While some spend the day calculating when to retire and how much, the military is clear. That Troops and Seafarers Act 2006 establishes the age limit to remain at 45 as a soldier and sailor if permanent officer status is not promoted or attained. According to this criterion, 1,200 soldiers, soldiers, sailors, non-commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers would have to leave the armed forces when they reached the legal retirement age in 2020; in 2036 it would be 50,048 soldiers.

The law provides for a so-called “long-term commitment” for these civil servants, ie an extension of their career up to 45 years and then a “reservist of special availability” with a monthly allowance of 645 euros (non-contributory). . ), compatible with work in private companies.

With 645 euros not going far, especially at this age, many of them have to make a living from an undervalued curriculum as much of the training they receive in the army is not recognised.

The law contains a number of measures to facilitate the integration of these soldiers into the civilian labor market. They range from specific training to agreements with companies, public administrations and other security authorities. The so-called program has also existed in Spain since 2012 SAPROMIL was created with the aim of providing the armed forces with “the necessary means to integrate into the labor market after obtaining training and developing skills and abilities during their time in the army”.

Similarly, in 2018 the Department of Defense reinstated the so-called Comprehensive Work Orientation Plan for Military Personnel (PIOL), intended for those soldiers and sailors who will have to leave the armed forces as soon as they 45 The Department of Defense estimates nearly 3,000 soldiers per year. As part of that plan, Defense forgave adeco, as an external company, has the task of helping 3,000 soldiers to gain professional perspectives. The ETT undertakes the two-year training, counseling and reorientation of these soldiers for the job market. Would you hire any?

what are they good at

Responsibility and discipline, leadership, teamwork, strategic, used to adversity, adapting to mission-driven changes, result-oriented… are some of the many virtues that some ascribe to the military profile.

But the truth is that they are becoming more versatile from a professional point of view and the current pandemic has made it possible to highlight this and demonstrate the development of these skills. soft skills now so demanded by companies. In recent weeks we’ve seen them build field hospitals in record time, move elderly people from apartment buildings, disinfect the streets and now act as trackers. The Balmis operation was the largest troop mobilization in our democracy that presented a more professional than martial profile. Some of them seem to already know these skills, so keep them in mind when recruiting staff for their squads.

Amazon and Adif, among many others, capturing military talent

In 2018, Amazon Spain has launched a job posting looking for ex-soldiers to manage their camps in our country and fill the positions of area and operations managers. Here, the news caught the attention, but the truth is that Bezos has been hunting military talent for his company in the US for years. As Amazon sources argue in another publication, these profiles are “accustomed to motivating large teams and know how to collaborate with other leaders to create a positive work environment.”

This profile also seems to be in increasing demand at the ibex farms in Spain. Likewise, there are large public companies that resort to hiring them. It is the case adif, in the railroad sector, one of which is bolstering the workforce with these near-retirement soldiers.

But not only large companies are interested in this talent. at the start robotic nest Having gone through the army is a plus to getting hired. Actually they have 3 employees who have background military, including the commercial director. “It’s not that we require it as a requirement, but when it comes to posting job vacancies, we usually say that we see it as an advantage if you have military experience,” says the Norwegian Roy Petter Torgersen, who likes to introduce himself as “Captain Roy Torgersen” after his time in the Navy. He says that he learned two things in the army that later became very useful in both his personal and entrepreneurial life: “I learned to be independent and always have a plan B and a plan C have in case something goes wrong.”