Why JMOs for leadership / management positions?

Here’s another recent client question: I was asked why Junior Military Officers (JMOs) are better prepared than their civilian contemporaries for leadership positions in the private sector.

This was easy to explain – JMOs have not only supervised individuals ranging from their teens to their 40s but they have written and delivered annual performance evaluations. This is frequently one of the hardest skills to develop in young managers.

Additionally, part of their duties include coaching, counseling and giving guidance on family issues too. Employers find very few civilians of the same age and education level that match the managerial background of JMOs.