Often defined as Jacksonville and Onslow's secret workforce, the Marines and Sailors aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River play an enormous role in the community's available workforce. Over 600 Servicemembers enter the workforce every month (7,200 annually). These Veterans are disciplined, motivated, and eager to start their next chapter in their careers.

While there are too many technical and soft skills to mention, below is a list just a few of the skills these Veterans have.

Technical Skills

  • Project/Program Management
  • Information Technology
  • Welding
  • HVAC
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic
  • Aviation Mechanic
  • Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Legal
  • Food Service
  • Public Safety
  • Facilities Maintenance

Soft Skills

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Professional communication skills
  • Ability to work in high stress situations


  • Increased Retention Rate
  • Drug Free
  • Physically Fit
  • Diverse
  • Results Focused
  • Technologically Proficient

Because of JOED's close relationship with the bases, we can provide specifics on when Veterans with specific skills will be available. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Data is important to any employer who is already located near a military installation or an employer considering locating or expanding its company near a military community. The MOS Data reveals a stellar workforce - the active duty personnel who exit our local military bases each year to work in civilian communities. The JOED staff has compiled a MOS data spreadsheet that translates military skill sets into civilian employment descriptions.

As a service to employers, the Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development team will facilitate any employer in finding personnel using this vital information.  The employer may contact us with descriptions of any jobs to be available in the next six to twelve months and the skills required for those jobs.  We will assist the employer in ascertaining the projected number of exiting personnel with the skills needed for those available positions.