If you’re a regular reader of The Hired Guns blog, you’ve probably seen us lament the fact that the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans is hovering around a woeful 10%. You’ve probably also heard that we’ve decided to do something about it. Enter Boots to Bytes: A Digital Re-Skilling Program for Returned Vets in NYC. We’re taking recently returned vets and pairing them with mentors who have established digital careers. But we could never do this alone. Fortunately, there’s Marko Hurst. Marko is an entrepreneur, content strategist, data analyst, and a former Marine. He’s also going to be the Senior Drill Instructor for Boots to Bytes. We talked with Marko about the program, as well as the difficulties of transitioning from the military to a civilian career.
What led to your decision to the join the military? And why the Marines?
There were two things, really. The first was the pull of adventure and the desire to see the world and to be part of something bigger than myself. The second reason was that I knew I wasn’t ready to go to college right out of high school. I was a good kid, but I knew that I needed discipline. A lot of people chafe under military discipline, but I actually welcomed it. Read More →