Skip to comments.Obama's push to hire veterans into federal jobs fuels resentment
Posted on 09/16/2014 3:16:24 PM PDT by Route797
President Barack Obamas push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each others competence and qualifications.
With veterans moving to the head of the hiring queue in the biggest numbers in a generation, theres growing bitterness on both sides, according to dozens of interviews with federal employees.
Those who did not serve in the military bristle at times at the preferential hiring of veterans and accuse them of a blind deference to authority. The veterans chafe at what they say is a condescending view of their skills and experience and accuse many non-veterans of lacking a work ethic and sense of mission.
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There is no doubt in my mind that the more veterans there are in a bureaucracy — the more incompetent the career bureaucrats will be revealed to be.
gotta side with the veterans
No, I have no proof, just knowledge of the creep's pattern of behavior over the past 6 years. Americans are p*ssed at his neglect of the VA system even while US soldiers have been suffering disproportionate casualties in Afghanistan due to his ROE.
As a vet who was also a DAC (Department of the Army Civilian) I can tell you that the majority of civilian employees are competent but perhaps not overly ambitious. However, there are about 10% who seem to take joy in making others miserable. Either by trying to be a regulation bully or by finding every possible way to do the least amount of work and remain employed.
It got to the point I could not stand it and left for the civilian workforce. I have never looked back.
Caucasian veterans need not apply
As a Vietnam vet who got the brushoff from civil service h.r. departments all through the 1970’s, I now realize that the smug punks doing the interviews while telling me that my combat arms skills were of no use to them, were not only nonveterans but probably draft dodgers as well.
Veterans have always (for many decades) had hiring preference. That is written into the personnel regs. I don’t think Obama has anything to do with it. Perhaps what has changed is that there are a larger number of vets entering the workforce, post retirement/separation.
Vets - Hardworking, qualified, efficient, competent, loyal, honest, committed people who got their jobs on merit
“civil servants” - lazy, unqualified, inefficient, incompetent , corrupt political hacks who got their jobs via patronage or via make work jobfare
If there were a greater demand for workers in the private sector, those lucrative government jobs wouldn’t be in as great of a demand by employable people.
Now we have a bunch of people who call our vendors morning, noon, and night to fix their problems. They constantly in-fight. They withold and do not share important information in favor of keeping it to themselves so they can step in and play the hero syndrome. It's a mess.
The existing manufacturing lines and processes operate just fine and without problems.
Just a real case example I've experienced. Some of the veterans are great and I would retain them if it was my call. The rest you could put on the first thing making smoke which leaves town. They are no different than regular pools of employees.
The idea is to get the best qualified people whether they’re a veteran or not. I mean, if you want a competent civil service.
Preferences for vets are written into the law. Obama had nothing to do with that. But what he has done is set numerical targets for hiring veterans and to also explicitly make part of promotion review the number of veterans hired.
Funny stuff. I love it. The career bureaucrats are feeling the heat of competition and they do not like it one little bit.
Don’t these dolts realize this is affirmative action ... in action?
The career bureaucrats don not want a competent civil service.
I think that is their major beef against veterans — the vets actually come in to the office and work.
And descriptions of their competitive attitude....
like racing up stairs to beat the elevator.
great work attitude and attention to detail....and not "passing the buck."
When did he take action on this?
No military experience here (which some sick FReepers believe mean that I shouldn’t be permitted to talk about our military), but I have worked with a lot of military veterans, and they are, almost always, AWESOME! Serious as hell, organized as hell, and just great people. I even had the unfortunate experience of having one as a friend in college - there was NO WAY I could keep up with him...he got all the good job offers. He was a SERIOUS student.
I’m sure that Pajama Boy would do a great job, too.(/sarc)
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