From combat to khakis: An exploratory examination of job stress with veterans

Charn P. McAllister, Jeremy D. Mackey, Kaylee J. Hackney, Pamela L. Perrewé

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Veterans are having a difficult time reintegrating back into the civilian sector following their service, with nearly 44% reporting some type of problem. The experienced stress and resultant strain associated with this reintegration may be caused by an incongruence between veterans' military identities and their civilian work environments, a form of strain we term veteran identity strain (Vet-IS). To better understand the experienced strain associated with incongruent veteran and civilian work identities, we examine the effects of military rank on Vet-IS, the moderating role of political skill on the relationship between rank and Vet-IS, and how this relationship affects the outcomes of work intensity and vigor. A mediated moderation analysis of 251 veterans provided support for most study hypotheses, which predicted that rank would have an indirect effect on work intensity and vigor through Vet-IS, conditional upon veterans' levels of political skill. Contributions and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-107
Number of pages15
JournalMilitary Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Identity
  • Job stress
  • Veterans
  • Vigor
  • Work intensity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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