Divers’ Institute Earns Military-Friendly Designation
Written for DIT by Londi Gamedze
Serving in the military is an experience like no other – thrilling, intense, tough. It might seem that once out of military service, you’re prepared for anything, but people transitioning to civilian life have more to combat than just finding a new job. Social, work and cultural norms may be different in civilian communities, and a lack of daily structure can leave veterans overwhelmed with how to organize their time effectively.
What is Military FriendlyTM?
Military FriendlyTM is a veteran-owned business that surveys institutions – including schools, employers and cities – and ranks them according to how well they support veterans. For the second time, Divers’ Institute of Technology earned the Military FriendlyTM designation. Nearly half of Divers’ Institute staff are veterans, available to connect with ex-military students meaningfully, answer questions and support them in their transition to a civilian world. You can read about Military FriendlyTM‘s methodology and criteria for ranking institutions here.
Brad Grantz, Director of Recruiting and Veterans Affairs at DIT, served in the United States Army and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2011-2012. He talked to me a little about his experiences transitioning from military to civilian life.
US Army Veteran Brad Grantz discusses Vet Life at DIT
LG: What was your experience like transitioning into civilian life?
BG: My experience was positive both times I transitioned back. In 2007 I moved out here to Seattle because my girlfriend at the time (wife now) was from here, and I got work with a marketing firm. In 2012 I returned to DIT right away and begin working again. The key for me was to always remain busy and active, and surround myself with supportive people.
LG: What are today’s challenges of transitioning into civilian life?
BG: I think the biggest challenges are, 1) finding something in the civilian world that is as interesting, hands-on and as exciting as the military, 2) finding something that encourages or facilitates the camaraderie we had in the military, 3) just getting back into a routine and simply understanding that things are run and done differently in the civilian world. You have to develop the ability to adapt to those differences.
LG: What services and attention does DIT offer veterans?
BG: In addition to nearly half our staff being vets themselves, we have an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America on campus; we bring representatives from the Seattle Veterans’ Center to orientation each month to explain services available to veterans; and the DIT staff participates in trainings throughout the year to improve our work with veterans and accommodating their needs. We are also active participants in military education and career fairs and provide literature to Army Career and Alumni centers across the country. We also attend Department of Defense sponsored events like Marine Muster calls.
LG: How does a military background influence one’s life, studies and work in dive school?
BG: Veterans are used to working long hours in a high-stress environment, with a focus on safety. They’re comfortable working as an individual and as a member of a team. They’re disciplined, motivated, and mission-focused. These are the greatest characteristics for a commercial diver and it’s these skills that make veterans such successful dive students and ultimately great divers.
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