AYS and The Military: A Veterans Day Reflection

Caitlin is an Officer Candidate with the United States Marine Corps.  Her father served as an officer in the Marine Corps, and her brother-in-law is a Captain in the United States Army, having served in both Afghanistan and Iraq as an Apache pilot.  Both of Caitlin’s grandfathers fought in World War II, and all of her uncles and many cousins have served or are currently serving in the United States Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. She is currently an Account Manager for our At Your Service Long Island Office.

Veterans Day is near and dear to this manager’s heart, as I hail from a pretty large military family.  One of the aspects of AYS that attracted me to this position is how pro-military At Your Service is.  Americans owe everything to the brave men and women who have fought for the country we are proud to call home.  AYS has been nothing but supportive of my own military pursuits, as well as actively recruiting former members of the United States Armed Forces.

President John F. Kennedy once stated, “A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.  Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed.”  Many attributes of serving in the military translate quite seamlessly into the hospitality industry.  Both jobs require their men and women to arrive clean-cut, and professionally dressed in their assigned uniforms.  Attention to detail and arriving on-time are pertinent to making strong impressions in both professions (fifteen minutes early is “on-time” by military standards, same as it is for AYS!)  Most importantly, both positions require a commitment to teamwork and getting the job done as a unit.  “Attitude is Everything.”

Returning to the civilian world from military life can be a difficult transition for many service members.  Luckily, they possess the dedication and strong work ethic that companies like AYS and many others seek out when hiring employees.  The veterans that I have had the pleasure of working with here are proactive, pleasant, wonderful team-builders and natural leaders.  They take pride in their appearance and performance, never disappointing their superiors or the staff they work side-by-side with.  We are delighted they chose to work with us at AYS, following their years as a soldier, sailor or Marine.  We are proud to call them our own.

Happy Veterans Day & Semper Fidelis.

Caitlin Havron, AYS Long Island

Posted on November 12, 2014 .