It's a well known fact that military experience and qualifications often mean very little on civvie street. That's one of the reasons I set up the free ex-forces business-to-business network at www.allcallsigns.org. I'm currently writing an article, directed at employers, which should give reasons why ex-soldiers (and other service people to be exact) are generally a safe bet when taking on employees. Here's what I have so far: Discipline - Won't turn up late - Will look smart - Will respect authority Robustness - Won't let adverse conditions, or an adverse situation get the better of them Sense of humour - Will remain cheerful throughout! I think that covers the basics of it, but I'm sure there's a lot I haven't thought of and any further input is much appreciated.