Veterans' Hiring Preference: Transitional Tool or Overlooked Opportunity Among Department of the Navy Veterans

Veterans' Hiring Preference: Transitional Tool or Overlooked Opportunity Among Department of the Navy Veterans

Author: 
Angelene M. Lomax
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this quantitative descriptive research study was to ascertain U.S. Department of the Navy (DON) veterans’ (sailors and marines) awareness of an employment benefit, the Veterans Hiring Preference Policy (VHP-P), following the completion of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The study included 2 research questions and 10 subsequent hypotheses. This study was comprised of 41 DON veteran participants. Assiduous quantitative statistical analyses were used to ascertain the sinew of the relationship between DON veterans’ awareness of the VHP-P following the completion of the TAP. Methodologies consisted of Frequency and percentages, median score, Fisher’s exact test, and phi-coefficient. The data analyzed supported retaining the null hypothesis for Research Question 1: 58.5% of DON veterans were not aware of the VHP-P, and 41.5% were aware. Research Question 2 details whether disparity existed within the multivariate demographic characteristics of gender, age, race, and rank. Relationships used in this study included a medium effect size (f 2 = .15), power of .67%, statistical significance of α = .05, and sample size of 41 (n = 41). Results of the selected demographic categories for Research Question 2 were as follows: supported to retain the null hypothesis; no significant difference based on gender. Using Fisher’s exact test were p = .05 respondents over 40 years were better informed 56.2%, compared to 22.2% of respondents under 40 years old; analyzed data supported rejecting the null hypothesis. The categories of race and rank were truncated to Caucasians and others, and enlisted and officers. With regard to race, and using Fisher’s exact probability were p = .11 the data analyzed supported retaining the null hypothesis. Using Fisher’s exact probability were p = .45 the data analyzed supported retaining the null hypothesis.
Dedication: 
This quantitative descriptive research study is dedicated to the 41 men and women who participated in this study and to all those who served, continue to serve, and will serve in the U.S. military. Transitioning from the military to the civilian sector and gaining employment might be a difficult milestone. This research was conducted with the hope of easing the transition of U.S. Department of the Navy veterans and their employment endeavors. I would like to extend a special dedication to those I served with and encountered, in both the enlisted and officer ranks, within my 22 years of naval service—thank you for the laughs and the hard won lessons.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to my mother and father who encouraged me, from an early age, along my academic path. Our parents are our first encounters with learning and encouragement, and they are the first loves of our lives. My oldest sister Tammie, for whom I hold the warmest regards, who has provided me with laughter throughout my life, and who possesses a wisdom and insight that exist beyond formal education. My brother Keith, who was present during my doctoral journey, standing an ever vigilant, uncle watch, for the newborn and toddler phases of my little one; allowing me much-needed sleep. To friends who allowed me to vent the frustrations I encountered during my doctoral journey. To my chair, Dr. Mohr, I will always appreciate his filling a vacant chair position so late in the Quality Review Final process. A special thank you to my committee members Dr. Bao, and Dr. Flanagan, who both saved me time, and anguish by filling vacant committee member slots. Dr. Bao who from the beginning was encouraging and provided input in a timely manner. Dr. Flanagan, who possesses a keen sense of attention to detail. The dedication of all greatly contributed to the successful completion of my doctoral journey. As always, “To God Be the Glory,” without whom nothing is possible.