Are you concerned about integration? Not to worry, veterans have had years of last-minute emergencies, scarce resources and illogical orders thrown at them. They’re used to operating under tremendous pressure and think nothing of starting operations from scratch. Veterans never hesitate to tell you when they think that something could be accomplished more effectively and/ or more efficiently (NOT the same thing!) They will let you know when they think you’re not up to standard as a leader (N.U.T.S.) but they do forgive that occasional infraction on your part. Just make sure it’s occasional.
Yes, hire veterans. Remember to treat them with love and respect. They’re willing to sacrifice much for you, they don’t ask for unreasonable things, and they genuinely want to see you succeed. Do make sure that you are above reproach in your dealings with them. If you fail, remember, too, they’re used to doing strange things, and they’re very good at doing those strange things. Like killing people. Don’t be the next one on the list.