In many ways, my time in the Marine Corps has come to define me. When people learn that I served in the military, they immediately begin to envision my skill set as one limited to combat experiences and nothing else. In reality, most people don’t fully appreciate the dynamic nature of what being a service member entails. There are many faces to the military, and with over 300 different kinds of jobs in our armed services, a service member’s skills extend far beyond the field of battle.

Regardless of whether a service member spends time hammering out logistics, strengthening cyber defenses or giving legal and policy advice, every veteran gains abilities as a service member that uniquely prepares him or her for civilian work. As a recruiter for Sallyport, I see this phenomenon play out daily.

Here are some reasons why veterans make great employees:

1. Adaptability: As a Marine, I was required to plan ahead but often had to think on my feet when things didn’t go as planned. This ability to adjust at a moment’s notice in high-pressure situations means that employers can be assured that when hiring a veteran, he or she will be proactive when challenges arise. Studies have shown that military experience enhances the brain’s ability to act quickly in the face of uncertainty in order to better interpret dynamic environments.