More than 500 of the company’s 2,150 current team members are military veterans. That’s roughly 24% of the Duncan Aviation workforce, the company has said.
“Duncan Aviation actively recruits veterans because their exceptional experience aligns well with our high-quality reputation and core values,” says Jennifer Monroe, Duncan Aviation’s Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist.
“We work very closely with military organizations to transition people from military to civilian careers. We provide transition advice to potential team members and their families in the hopes of providing an easy way to take their military skillset and help them apply it to another career.”
Entering civilian employment is a major life adjustment, but there are many aspects of Duncan Aviation that veteran team members say remain the same: attention to detail, focus on getting the job done right, and the support from fellow employees.
“Duncan Aviation team members helped me considerably move from a government business to private industry,” says Keith Schell, Duncan Aviation’s Manager of Parts & Rotables Sales, Avionics and Accessories and a former Brigadier General with the Nebraska Air National Guard.
“There are similarities between the military and Duncan Aviation, like leadership skills, hard workers, high ethics, etc. But there are tremendous differences, too, such as for-profit management and different employee regulations. Everyone has and continues to help me make the transition after nearly 36 years in military employment, and I couldn’t be more appreciative.”
Duncan Aviation Challenger Airframe Tech Matt McGinn, a former E-5 Aviation Structural Mechanic for the US Navy, agrees that the transition from working in the military to working at Duncan Aviation was easier than anticipated.
“The Navy and Duncan Aviation have many similarities, from maintenance documentation to safety policies and many other aspects.
With my five years of Navy experience working on MH-60S Seahawk helicopters aboard the USS Nimitz, I was able to test for my A&P upon separation with the Navy and Duncan Aviation sent me to Nashville to obtain my A&P certificated with Bakers School of Aeronautics. I am very grateful for that.”
Monroe says, “Our veterans have been and will continue to be a huge part of our company, and many team members continue to serve in the Reserves or the National Guard during their careers at Duncan Aviation. That service is something that is important to all of us.”