Some of them suck. Some are dishonest. Some are lazy. Some are corrupt. Some are psychotic.
Can I say that? Is that too controversial? Does stating this mean I hate America? Seriously, this military-worship has got to stop. It seems to me that Wal-Mart’s new policy of “We guarantee we will hire any honorably discharged veteran” is incredibly short-sighted, and likely to leave them with plenty of awful, less-qualified employees. Please don’t think I’m just some military-hating leftist here, I’m still on active duty myself, so I know what I’m talking about. I’ve seen it first-hand. I’ve worked with some complete and total losers who have been honorably discharged. The only way to get anything other than an honorable discharge is to fail a drug test or commit a serious (felony-level) offense.
This policy is, essentially, affirmative action for veterans, and with it will come the litany of problems that always accompany affirmative action, the most significant of which is that it demeans everyone who is a part of the group. The fact of the matter is that I don’t want any job unless I’m the most qualified applicant. I don’t want people to suspect that the only reason I was hired is because I’m a veteran. Quite frankly, there are plenty of veterans who aren’t fit to be a cashier at Wal-Mart. You can see them every day on the street corner holding up cardboard signs (fortunately, many of those people are lying about being veterans, but presumably some of them are not).
So the next time you’re at Wal-Mart and you receive exceptionally poor customer service, ask yourself whether this policy might have been a factor. Whether Wal-Mart hired an unqualified applicant solely because they used to be in the military. Once this policy goes into effect, I would recommend avoiding Wal-Mart at all costs.