As a social-venture structured as an SDVOSB and operated by a team of armed forces veterans who combined have 150 years of military service and 200 years of experience working at all levels in the fitness industry,VFCC provides veterans an unprecedented military transition path to a rewarding fitness career by providing a cutting edge online Personal Training certification, proven fitness business building course, quality job referrals to our career partners, and mentorships.
Armed Forces Military Veteran Statistics
Our active duty personnel are stationed across the globe. The Pentagon's 2007 list of bases, states that the U.S. has 865 military bases world-wide. However, since then we have added and closed a few “new bases in Iraq and Afghanistan that would add up to just under a one thousand bases worldwide (Gusterson, 2009. About 85,000 active duty military personnel are stationed in California alone. Additionally, the California National Guard, comprised of both Army and Air National Guard components, is the largest national guard force in the United States with a total authorized strength of 22,900 soldiers and airmen.
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Employment Solutions in Fitness for Veterans
We have over 1.4 million active military personnel along with the 1.1 million military members who currently serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. In addition to these 2.5 million military members, we have over 22.5 million veterans. That’s over 25 million Americans who have served or is currently serving in the Armed Services—that’s about 1 out of every 9 Americans "who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of up to, and including his/her life" (American Legion Post 4, 2011).
According to a 2008 Department of Veterans Affairs report, 4.4 million of our veterans have been discharged since 1990—two million of which served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In addition to these staggering numbers another 39,000 just recently came home from Iraq along with another 10,000 from Afghanistan which should be followed by another 23,000 in the summer of 2012.
With so many veterans returning home in the last few years, we are seeing historic unemployment numbers with veterans. In 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans was already almost a full percentage higher than non-veterans. By July of 2011, as the Iraq and Afghani-era veterans returned home, unemployment increased to a record 12.4%.
Transitioning out of the military is difficult enough as it is; add to this that veterans are now struggling to find any kind of employment—let alone an enjoyable and financially rewarding employment opportunity. In 2007, those veterans who did find jobs were earning less than $22,000 a year.
Veterans are in need of a sustainable and rewarding career option where they can support themselves and their families. As a viable career option many veterans have chosen to pursue a career in fitness.
With a recent rise in salary rates for fitness professionals, many veterans are finding opportunities to make twice the salary of what they could make in other career fields (i.e. $53,000 on average).
In fact, Fitness Trainers who develop their business and sales skills commonly move on to become Fitness Managers and Gym Owners who will often make 2- 3 times this amount earning incomes from $100,000 - $150,000.