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Service Members Now Have Their Own Social Network



By Chris Hassan
Posted November 15, 2012 01:00 PM

Social network allows service members to connect online.
Social network allows service members to connect online.
Whether individuals are current service members or veterans, they can certainly create an account on Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media website and work toward making the types of connections that can give them a career advantage. While LinkedIn is designed for professionals, Facebook and Twitter users tend to be more casual. This means a veteran's post inquiring about job opportunities may get buried beneath vacation photos, funny links and other distracting content.

Now, however, things may become a little easier for these individuals.  At least that's what the creators of the new military-only social media network, RallyPoint, hope will happen.

What is RallyPoint?

Facebook is not the only social network to spring from the minds of Harvard University students, as Yinon Weiss, RallyPoint's chief executive officer and board member, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School, and Aaron Kletzing, its chief operating officer and board member, is in the process of earning his MBA degree from the university, according to the social network's website.

RallyPoint is designed to change the way current and former members of the military connect with one another and take advantage of the best career opportunities at their disposal. The social network, which officially launched on Veterans Day, allows users to create a profile, connect with their contacts and see how they can advance their career, both in and outside of the military. In this way, the platform has more in common with LinkedIn than the more casual Facebook.

Service Members Gain Greater Control Over Their Careers

When Weiss was eight years into his military career, his unit received a visit from an Army human resources team, The Washington Post reports. He admits to leaving the meeting somewhat confused, as this was the first time he had received career advice from the military. One thing Weiss found particularly confusing was the mention of "KD positions."

"I thought that meant 'known distance' from a firing range," Weiss told the Post. "Very few of us knew he was talking about a 'key development' position."

With RallyPoint, there is the hope that fewer service members will be left scratching their heads when it comes to what the future holds career-wise. When Weiss and Kletzing, who met while serving in Iraq, ran into each other at Harvard Business School, they discussed how members of the armed forces do not always have a chance to play an active role in charting the trajectory of their careers - something RallyPoint aims to address.

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