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Former Navy SEALs who have worked with more than 400 companies say veterans bring businesses a 'tremendous' advantage

Former Navy SEALs who have worked with more than 400 companies say veterans bring businesses a 'tremendous' advantage
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Former Navy SEAL commanders Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are bestselling authors and cofounders of the leadership consulting firm Echelon Front.




They partnered with fellow former SEAL Michael Sarraille, founder of Vetted, to create a veterans job network called EF Overwatch.




They said that the US military provides excellent leadership training, and that organizations should be assisting veterans with learning to apply those skills to the business world.




This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.



Since their 2015 book "Extreme Ownership" became a bestseller, former US Navy SEAL commanders Jocko Willink and Leif Babin's management insights have been in high demand.
The leadership consulting firm they started in 2010, Echelon Front, has grown significantly since then and has worked with more than 400 businesses. In a recent interview about their new book, "The Dichotomy of Leadership," Willink told Business Insider that after clients are trained in applying military leadership principles to the workplace, many ask him and Leif where they can find former military leaders to bring into their organizations.
Willink and Babin both firmly believe that more businesses would benefit from hiring more veterans, which comprised 8% of the US population above the age of 18 last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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