From Combat Boots to Business Suit: Hunkering Down in the Corporate Trenches Post-Service

What do C-Suite titans Fred Smith of FedEx, Richard D. Kinder of Kinder Morgan, Sumner Redstone of Viacom, and Clayton Jones of Rockwell Collins all share in common? Each began their illustrious career paths marching through Uncle Sam's ranks, and they represent only a small sampling of the numerous former servicemen and women now leading Fortune 500 companies.

Major companies covet military talent, and not solely because of the rather considerable tax credits that …

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