After retiring from 24 years of service in the U.S. Marines, Doug Turner now helps connect other veterans with employment and career opportunities. He works for a leading veteran hiring solutions company because he knows first-hand the exceptional professional skills that come from military experience.

Learning from service

Turner originally planned to become a teacher until his father’s early death at age 51 changed his path. “I was forced to grow up and change my life,” he said. “I wanted to make a difference and help my mother with her finances, so I decided to take the biggest challenge in my life: I joined the United States Marine Corps.”

The most valuable skills Turner learned during his service still serve him well today. “I was taught humility, understanding people, and to never be outworked in anything,” he noted. “It’s those intangible skills that should make hiring a veteran an easy decision for any employer. We have what companies want: leadership, grace under pressure, integrity, pride, self-confidence, and humility. We are mission-oriented and able to work as a team.”

“There is no such thing as good luck; good luck happens when opportunity meets preparation.”

Rising to challenges

Turner’s career has taken him all over the world, including Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He has worked in a variety of positions, including corrections, recruiting, equal opportunity representative, family readiness officer, and family advocacy representative.

He is quick to credit his mentors. “First Sergeant Luke Mercardante gave me a chance as a company gunnery sergeant and as a first sergeant in a military police company. I told him that I wasn’t ready for such a big job, but he assured me that I was. He passed away in Afghanistan after one day in-country, and since that time I have been trying to fulfill his legacy: Always give someone an opportunity. There is no such thing as good luck; good luck happens when opportunity meets preparation.”