Veterans make up a significant percentage of our population both nationally and in North Carolina, where RTI is headquartered. Our military veterans offer diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, and bring valuable leadership and technical skills to the workforce. RTI welcomes them because they enrich our culture and strengthen our organization.

Through volunteerism, veteran-focused employee programs, and research on topics that impact active duty service members and veterans, RTI has demonstrated a longtime commitment to creating opportunities for and improving the lives of those who have served in the military and their families.

Careers and Professional Networking for Veterans

One of the key ways we do this is hosting veteran networking sessions. As part of recruitment efforts for military veterans, RTI’s Global Talent Acquisition Team welcomes veteran candidates to learn more about our employment opportunities and collaborates annually with Army Civil Affairs to help veterans transition to the nonprofit sector.

Another important component of our veteran support system is the Veterans and Allies Resource Group (VALoR). One of several Employee Resource Groups at RTI, VALoR provides a professional network, active community, and development opportunities for its members. This inclusive group welcomes all RTI employees who have served in their respective countries’ military forces, those who are still serving, and all employees who support them.

VIQTORY Military Friendly Employer Award for 2020

RTI is proud to be recognized by VIQTORY as a Military Friendly® Employer, and we endeavor to continue enhancing the veteran experience and provide even more opportunities for veterans to contribute to and excel at RTI.

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Our Commitment

Military veterans bring valuable leadership, teamwork, professional skills, and work ethic to RTI, which enriches the RTI culture, strengthens our organization, and helps us embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion across experiences in the workplace.

— E. Wayne Holden, PhD
President and CEO

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A Few of Our Veterans Discuss Their Experiences at RTI

Mariel Christian

Mariel Christian

Director, Library and Information Services

Mariel Christian comes from a military family. She grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her grandfather served in the U.S. Army, her father in the U.S. Air Force. After high school, she joined the Air Force, where she met her husband, and the family tradition continued when their son served in the U.S. Navy. Today, Mariel is Director of Library and Information Services at RTI, where she has found a culture open to the experiences of veterans like her.

We have a growing and vibrant culture of veterans at RTI. Our Veterans and Allies Employee Resource Group, VALoR, regularly solicits ideas about how we can be more inclusive of the military, and we see nothing but support of military friendly activities from our leadership. RTI has done a tremendous job in welcoming people with military experience and in helping them translate their skills to the RTI culture.

Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan

Education Analyst

Tim Morgan joined the U.S. Army Reserves in Ohio between his junior and senior year of high school. During his eight-plus years of service, he deployed on missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. After leaving the military in 2010, he completed an undergraduate degree in sociology and pursued a graduate degree in education, before joining RTI’s Education Workforce Division in 2014, where he assists with longitudinal studies.

RTI reminds me in many ways of the military. You have individuals here from many different backgrounds coming together for one purpose, and the work ethic and attention to detail that you develop in the military are valued here. I’ve been able to flourish because RTI appreciates self-motivation and a willingness to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve found RTI to be a great place for veterans.

Brad Washabaugh

Brad Washabaugh

Vice President, Facilities Strategic Services

Brad Washabaugh spent 29 years in the Marine Corps as a career infantry officer. While on active duty, Brad participated in contingency operations in Beirut, Lebanon, humanitarian operations to assist Vietnamese refugees and Filipino earthquake victims, and combat operations with the 1st Marine Division during Desert Storm. Brad served at the Pentagon during the 9/11 terrorist attack. He retired from the Marines in 2005 and began a second career with RTI.

As a veteran what attracted me to RTI was our mission and values—similar to serving the Nation in uniform, I wanted to be part of an organization with a focus of serving and helping others. I have found that the skills and experience that veterans bring to the workplace—leadership, teamwork, strong work ethic and ability to work with diverse teams—is of great value to any organization, and particularly for RTI with our very important global mission of improving the human condition.