- The Essential Military-to-Civilian Transition Resource

Transition Talk

by Mike Arsenault, Vice President of Candidate Services

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A related broad role that you may see advertised is for a Leadership Development Program (LDP). A company with an LDP is seeking a more seasoned leader than a management trainee, and veterans who have served in leadership positions during their military career are favorites for employers to hire.

There is a good reason for this: One of the challenges many transitioning military face is they most likely have not been exposed to the civilian world and the way businesses operate. The LDP is similar to a management trainee program in that it exposes the participant to many different areas of the company, such as sales, marketing, finance, operations and logistics, but in a more in-depth manner.

The LDP candidate will take as much as two years to rotate through assignments in these different areas. At the end of their rotation, they will begin to work in the sector that needs or has appealed to them the most. They bring with them the advantage of having mapped all the other areas of the company they will be leaning on to succeed. They will also be expected to progress to the upper echelon of company management in the future.

In answer to your first question, age should never be the number one factor in your job choice. Focus instead on what you can bring to a company and whether the role matches your career goals and preferences.

Mike Arsenault is Vice President of Candidate Services at military placement firm Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at


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