SCOTT BRYANT, CWMD MARKET MANAGER
Branch of Service: US Navy
Years of Service: 28
Education: Master of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary, Master of Human Resources Management from Cornell University
FEATURED /// Jan 14, 2020
Atlantic Diving Supply Veteran Highlight: Scott Bryant
Scott Bryant, ADS Inc.’s Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Market Manager, has had a long and successful career. From humble beginnings in a small dairy and logging town in Washington State, he enlisted in the Navy at 18 years old and spent 28 years in service to the United States across multiple roles and branches. While serving, he went through dozens of military specific schools and multiple combat deployments around the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq, and was also able to complete his undergraduate degree and two Masters programs. We spoke with Scott to get insight into his military background, how he utilizes that experience at ADS, and advice for our military veterans transitioning into a civilian career.
Why did you decide to join the military?
At 18, I was living in a very small dairy/logging town in Washington State that presented no real opportunities for me. I decided the best thing I could do was to go as far away as possible and start completely on my own. I left the local farm I was employed at one day and headed straight to the recruiter’s office.
I ended up enlisting for six-years without talking to any of my family or friends about it beforehand. I didn’t want anyone to bias my decision either way, so I only let those close to me know what I had done after I had already contractually committed to it.
What was your role/roles throughout your time in service?
I began my career as a Navy Deep Sea Diver. I attended dive school here in Virginia Beach, VA in 1990 and was one of only nine people to make it through the course. Our class originally started with 39 candidates, so graduating provided me with a huge bump in confidence, something I needed at the time. I spent nine years a Navy Deep Sea Diver, attaining the qualification of Saturation Diver (which basically means we did very deep, very long dives). Shortly before my ten-year anniversary in the Navy, I decided I wanted a change in careers.
I looked at Navy EOD, SEALs, Air Force Pararescue, and Air Force Combat Controller. Because I felt it had the most transferable skillset to a post-military career, I ended up choosing EOD. Navy EOD operators are also divers, and because I was already dive qualified, I was able to bypass the dive school portion and go straight to the EOD academic portion. Navy EOD are also qualified as Naval Parachutists, so after EOD school I attended Army Airborne school in Fort Benning, GA.
I spent the next 18 years in EOD, as both an enlisted operator (Chief Petty Officer/E7), as well as a commissioned officer (I retired as a Lieutenant Commander/O4). I deployed all over the world, including combat deployments in both Afghanistan and Iraq. I completed dozens of military specific schools during my time in, and also completed my undergrad and two Masters programs.
What is your current position and how does your military experience fit into your current career?
I am currently the Market Manager for the Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) team. I believe my military experience fits in to my current role in two primary ways:
How was your transition from military life to your civilian career?
I found mine to be easy although I realize many veterans do not. What helped me was my higher education. At The College of William and Mary, half of my class had either served themselves or were directly related to someone who had served, while the other half had no association with the military. Spending time with the latter half, those that had no association with the military, was extremely helpful to me to gain a better understanding of differing perspectives.
At Cornell University, I was one of only two people in our entire class who had served, amplifying even further the same benefits of getting exposure to differing viewpoints. Gaining a better understanding of non-military thinking, which altered my paradigm, as well as feeling that I had prepared myself the most thoroughly that I possibly could, all helped me feel very confident in my transition when the time came to make the switch.
What tips and/or advice do you have for veterans leaving their time in service and moving into the civilian workforce?
How does your past military experience empower you in your role here at ADS?
I believe that military experience can impart many qualities in veterans that can provide real value to an organization like ADS. Here are two:
More than one third of ADS employees are veterans or members of military families, providing a unique perspective on the work that we do. We are committed to hiring and training ADS team members from within the military community.