Rural areas provide a large percentage of our military forces; fully 40% of those who serve in the military come from rural America. The planned drawdown in the military means that many veterans will be returning to rural areas across the country over the next five years.
But good paying jobs in rural areas remain scarce. Rural unemployment remains higher than the national average. The planned drawdown in the military is set to aggravate the already tough employment situation with approximately 400,000 vets set to come home in the next few years.
Our goal is to get ahead of the wave.
Soldier 2 Civilian (S2C) is dedicated to strengthening the rural economy and assisting veterans in finding career opportunities. Two of Mid-South’s greatest assets are our returning veterans and our agricultural abundance; S2C seeks to combine these two critical economic components through precision agriculture.
Precision agriculture uses sophisticated information technology to improve farming operations. Today’s tractors, sprayers, and other equipment have cab layouts similar to various military vehicles and use technology akin to what soldiers use in the field. Veterans drive and operate vehicles that use laptops to gather and fuse data from a variety of systems. For military members, information systems management is an essential skill in conducting combat operations. It’s very easy to see how those skills translate to a career in precision agriculture.
Veterans face unique challenges in transitioning from soldier to civilian life. Although there are many existing corporate, governmental, and non-profit resources available, there is no centralized place to access those resources. It is our hope that this website, along with our social media presence, will become a virtual "one-stop-shop" for Mid-South veterans. We are constantly working to expand our network and deliver more information, so please visit this site often. Also, please let us know if you are aware of anything going on in the area. We are stronger when we work together!
S2C is the product of a partnership between the Crockett Policy Institute and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. It is sponsored by a grant from the Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee USDA Rural Development offices and the Delta Regional Authority. Additional support comes from our partners, Environmental Entrepreneurs and the American Security Project.
This is an Equal Opportunity Program. Discrimination is prohibited by Federal Law. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights; Washington DC 20250-9410.