‘Are you a killer?’ The quiet discrimination shutting military veterans out of the workplace

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Stereotypes about Armed Forces veterans as potentially “mad, bad and sad” are driving an unspoken discrimination against former servicemen and women in the civilian jobs market, according to the Royal British Legion.

Some employers appear to be ruling out those with military backgrounds because they unthinkingly assume they might disrupt office harmony by “barking orders” at colleagues or that the psychological scars of frontline action might hamper their performance, it finds.

In some cases veterans find themselves facing a level of questioning about their past in job interviews which rival candidates would never experience, including about killing people on the battlefield.

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