From The Metro • by Ron Varrial

In the heart of a battle in Iraq, Rob Milmore came racing around a corner and plunged 35 feet into a well. He broke his wrist, fractured three vertebrae and dislocated his hip. Listen to him tell the story and you’d think he stubbed a toe.

He recuperated in Iraq and within weeks was back in action.

Milmore, who left the Army in the fall of 2011, carries quite a résumé.

He’s a West Point graduate, was an instructor at the U.S.  Army Ranger School and is ready for a career, like so many other 20-somethings. A relatively new program, Wall Street Warfighters, is helping Milmore and other service-disabled veterans land a job in the financial sector.

Milmore, who grew up in Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y., hopes to have a job in private wealth management or trading this summer.

“I’ve had unprecedented access to these firms,” said Milmore, 29, noting that the introductions made through the
program carry added weight.

Since Wall Street Warfighters launched in December 2008, there have been 36 soldiers enrolled — they are called students — and all of them have received a job offer at the end.

Wall Street Warfighters Executive Director Katie Haddock, a retired Marine, was the press secretary to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace. Having been around soldiers for decades, does she think a stronger military  presence will help the financial industry, particularly since that sector has struggled with public image in recent years?

“Any organization benefits from the integrity and straightforward, honest approach,” Haddock said. “Sure, we obey, but we have an absolute obligation to disobey any order we believe to be illegal or immoral.

… These soldiers are simply unflappable. The pressure of very high stakes decision-making is nothing new to them.”

Once enrolled in Wall Street Warfighters, soldiers take part in several components of the program:

  • Training: As part of their training, they’ll earn Series 7 and 66 licenses, required for many jobs in the financial sector, specifically in securities.
  • Education: They are enrolled in executive education courses at Wharton School in Philadelphia.
  • Face time: Soldiers visit offices and get key face time at top financial firms on Wall Street and across the nation.