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Old 11-12-2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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Veterans Day promoted a discussion in my shop about how much to "credit" West Point grads who seek GC positions after their 5-year hitch as engineer officers. Not entirely hypothetical as our office mgr is beginning to see enough of them in our app pools. The debate here breaks down over how much to "credit" the incredibly varied experiences/skill sets these folks possess. Some may have civ engr degrees, but no actual experience in specific trades. Most officers "organize/supervise" rather than "do" (it's the enlisted dudes who actually swing the hammers, etc.). Finally, turns out that army "engineer" units do a wide range of stuff--some actually build stuff (vertical and horizontal projects), while others sweep for mines, "kick-down doors," etc. (which, of course, are not among our services).

The folks we've encountered recently (all just outstanding men and women, btw) are a bit older than our usual initial hire, most are married, and many also have young kids. Consequently, most (actually, all) are more interested in jumping straight into "project engineer" or even "project manager" slots rather than spending a year or two in a specific trade (and at lower pay), that we typically require for our non-mil hires.

My instinct is to deal with this on a case-by-case basis, even at the risk of pissing-off some other recent (non-mil) hires (who would get "jumped" in terms of pay-scale). My partner wants a clean, uniform "rule" applied to all such applicants (as we do for all non-mil applicants). And we're a mid-size shop doing a mix of comm and residential projects and want to avoid any "crew drama" in every way possible.
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:39 PM   #2
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I've worked with w couple guys who have served in the past and these guys were the hardest working go above and beyond to make sure it's done guys I have ever seen.

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