A large key to the success of Cascadia Global Security is the employment of veterans. This started as philanthropy but quickly became a successful business model.
1. Security Specialists vs Security Guard
After working with veterans in either a military or civilian capacity, you will realize they are much more than security guards. Cascadia Global Security has coined the term “Security Specialists” for our officers. A security guard is paid to do a simple job. A security specialist has a depth of knowledge in an increasingly complex field. Many of our officers perform duties well above the typical security guard job description. For example, our specialists have performed life-saving, emergency medical aid on many occasions. All US military members undergo medical training above and beyond basic CPR skills. Veterans are prepared more than civilians to face the most unexpected and dangerous situations.
From the pressed uniforms and shined boots to the mannerisms and traditions, professionalism is a recurring theme in the military. Professionalism dives far deeper than just image and appearance. In basic training, every soldier is instilled with values that improve their character; Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. These values are repeated and ingrained into the mind of everyone so that they become the group’s culture. At CGS, this culture comes back to life; a culture of honor and as stewards of the profession of security. This culture exemplifies the definition of integrity “doing the right thing even when no one is watching”.
This is a natural progression from professionalism. Discipline is the ability to persevere through a difficult time in order to complete a mission successfully. Security is often shifting work with rough hours and long days. Security specialists have dozens of hours of downtime between incidents and, for some, the most difficult time comes from the lulls of work in the middle of the night. This is when it is most important to be alert and continue close observation of the task at hand. Military members are used to working through the night and will never, ever, leave their post. If you do not believe me, ask a veteran what their “general orders” are.
4. Ability to Act
Veterans undergo countless hours of training for various technical and tactical situations. The ability to act in a crisis is a skill that must be trained. As stress rises, decision-making abilities dwindle rapidly and people find themselves acting in ways that seem foreign to them. Veterans have spent hundreds of hours in high-stress situations and are able to think more clearly in rapidly evolving situations than the average person. It is in situations like this that you do not want to leave your safety to chance – let the professionals handle it.
5. Intercultural Communication
Intercultural communication is something that is taught in the military at all levels and has tremendous carryover to providing high-quality security. Veterans have traveled all around the world and connected with all kinds of cultures and people. From peacekeeping missions in the Horn of Africa to training local police forces in the Middle East, cross-cultural communication is necessary for success and fostering mutual respect. With both classroom training and real-world experience, no one handles diverse worldviews better than veterans.
Security is not to be taken lightly, so it is imperative to hire specialists that will go the distance to make sure safety is paramount. Veterans are highly trained to handle any situation that arises in the safest way possible. That is why Cascadia Global Security is veteran-owned, operated, and employed.