Marcy works in Aerojet Rocketdyne's Human Resources department, serving as a senior recruiter
January 13, 2023 - Aerojet Rocketdyne's Defense Business Unit is proud to power defense for our warfighters, our nation and our allies. That mission often resonates with military veterans, who want to continue their service to the country after leaving the military. Aerojet Rocketdyne places great importance on recruiting veterans because the skills many gain in the military, like leadership, teamwork, discipline and adaptability, are especially beneficial in the aerospace and defense industry.
This year Aerojet Rocketdyne was recognized as a leading employer of veterans by Forbes and Military.com. One person who plays a key role in recruiting veterans at Aerojet Rocketdyne is Marcy, who leverages her unique background to connect with veterans and to make a difference for them and the company.
Marcy, an active duty military spouse of 15 years, brings Aerojet Rocketdyne's recruiting team passion and a capacity to relate to veterans.
"I've had the honor and privilege of helping service members and their families for the past 15 years," said Marcy. "With my husband's role in the Army and through volunteering with local nonprofits at duty stations, I've developed an aptitude to connect with the military community. Here at Aerojet Rocketdyne, I'm able to do so by finding them rewarding careers after service."
Marcy and her husband Jeremiah, who is currently serving in the Army as an Aviation Officer
Many of the jobs in the aerospace and defense industry require similar skillsets that veterans learn in the military, which is why Marcy found a passion for recruiting within this particular group.
"Each veteran's time serving is unique. Some military veterans are skilled labor machinists, inspectors or assemblers, and some come from a management or director capacity. Whatever prior military background veterans may have, we have a job for them."
Marcy is vice president of the Huntsville Veterans Employee Resource Group and currently works in the Human Resources department at the company's Defense Headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. While she primarily focuses on recruiting military veterans, she also serves as a link between the hiring manager and the candidate.
Without prior military experience, it can be challenging for hiring managers to understand how to translate skills that veterans bring to the corporate world, which is where Marcy comes in.
"Often times, there's a disconnect between civilians and veterans, which is why it's important to have a robust veteran recruiting effort. Veterans make remarkable employees; it's just a matter of understanding the transferable and relatable skills they bring to the table," said Marcy.
Veterans also carry an important vantage point not many share – they've experienced the other side of what we do at Aerojet Rocketdyne.
"We in the defense industry build parts for the products military members use in combat, but veterans have the experience of actually using these products," said Marcy. "Hiring veterans is so crucial to our success because they know how weapons affect and impact today's warfighters and, without them, we rob ourselves of that invaluable perspective."