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What Kind of “Grunts” Does Your Aviation Staffing Team Have?

STS Aviation Group Hires Veterans

If you have had any exposure to the military, then you’ve probably heard the term “grunt.” To those on the outside, it can have a negative connotation. For those that have served, they will tell you that grunts deserve an immense amount of respect.

As an “Air-winger” in the United States Marines, I looked up to infantrymen (aka “grunts”) with intense admiration. They were the ones engaged in daily combat with the enemy. They were the ones experiencing the grind and sacrifice often associated with accomplishing the mission.

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An STS Employee & Marine Corps Vet Shares Career Advice

JSnyder Blog

It doesn’t take long to experience the truth behind the saying “hindsight is 20/20.”

I was very fortunate when it came time for me to transition out of the Marine Corps and back into civilian life. I dedicated five years to learning the craft of aviation maintenance and, to be honest, I felt like I was pretty good at it. Like most first-term service members, one of the last things on my mind was a plan upon separation. All I could think about was getting out.

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STS’ Business Development Manager & Marine Corps Veteran Shares His Story


When I realized my days at VMGR-352 (My C-130 squadron in San Diego, CA) would start with me and a couple hundred Marines lined up for FOD walk, I knew that the aviation business was unlike anything I had ever been a part of.

In some ways, I didn’t pick aviation, it picked me. And if I was going to Parris Island for boot camp, I was going to get one of my friends to join me on the buddy program. However, when the recruiter told me my “buddy” didn’t score high enough on the ASVAB for military aviation, I was told that the only way we could still go together would be to let him take my job as a Logistics Specialist and for me to take his MOS category of Aviation Maintenance Technician.

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