Saturday, November 5, 2016

If I had to fix the VFW

I used to drive by this all the time going to school. Image from wikipedia.
If you follow my weekly article on Da Tech Guy, my latest post is a bit of a rant about the VFW.  And while I'm sort of picking on one organization, I could probably say the same things about more than a few other fraternal-order type organizations designed for veterans.  Most of the them, like the VFW, are struggling for membership and can't seem to figure out why.  Even the Duffel Blog makes fun of it.

The VFW isn't unlike the NRA in terms of it's initial demographics, quick rise in popularity and then facing a membership and relevance challenge.  But unlike the NRA, which adapted to it's environment, the VFW, American Legion, Submarine Veterans and others haven't.  How could these organizations change to better recruit?  I have some ideas.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Did you contribute to rating elimination?

The elimination of Navy ratings caught me, like most others, by surprise. I had heard that there was a move to add letters to the end of NECs to capture the level of expertise, which would help bring better fit to our billets, which I thought was an excellent idea. The fact that this wasn't brought up makes me think that it was really a decision held at the highest levels. The lack of guidance we are getting from those at PERS is telling, because I honestly believe they are as surprised as we are.

One reason that was brought up for the change was that Navy personnel struggle to integrate into civilian jobs when they leave the service. I'm surprised to hear this. The Navy, probably more than any other service, makes a pretty concerted effort to set you up for success outside the Navy. Let's look at what we do right: