FORT SILL, Okla._On average, about 150,000 soldiers leave the Army every year and in order to assist them in the next stage of their career Fort Sill held a hiring event called Soldier for Life.
The hiring event served as an ice breaker for some soldiers who haven't had a job interview in 20 or so years. It also showed them that there is a multitude of options out there for the soldiers.
Sergeant First Class Frederick Hill joined those soldiers who will be getting out soon.
"I am here, exploring my options. I am getting ready to retire, and I want to see what's there, what is out there for me to do," said Sgt. 1st Class Hill.
Hill and thousands of soldiers just like him were anxious to learn how their skills with artillery and rifles can translate to the civilian world. They're finding out it's not necessarily skills with weapons that get soldiers hired, it's the qualities of leadership, duty, and integrity.
"Coming out of the military we already know that you can finish what you start, you have attention to detail, and we know you are dedicated to service, we can work with everything else," said Plano police officer, Williams Rollins.
For soldiers who haven't had a job interview in 15 or 20 years, it's a great chance for them to meet face-to-face with employers.
"It speaks a lot, you know, that they would come here to hire us, bring us into their corporations, and it speaks a lot for what they do and how they are and how they view us," said Sgt. 1st Class Hill.
Colonel Alan Lanceta is in charge of the relatively new Soldier for Life program. He believes hiring events like these are a nice change from years past.
"I'm not saying we didn't do a good job in the past but it wasn't a focal point, but now the chief is really passionate about solders being taking care of as they transition out of the army," said Col. Lanceta.
The employers are very thankful for the service of the soldiers, they felt incredibly honored being there and talking to the troops about opportunities after the army.