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Our region’s workforce is enriched by our unique active duty, reserve and exiting military personnel.

If you say "Hampton Roads" to someone with a military background, they instantly think about the one-of-a-kind military and government presence found here. Our region is proud to have tens of thousands of men and women in uniform who utilize some of the most advanced equipment and training in the country. Here in Hampton Roads, we have 9 military installations including 3 joint-base complexes that span over multiple locations, bringing the total number of military bases to 15.

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  • Hampton Roads is home to 9 military installations employing approximately 78,000 active-duty and reserve personnel and over 40,000 civilians. 
  • All five branches of the military has a presence here (US Navy, US Army, US Air Force, US Coast Guard and USMC)
  • Additionally, Headquarters - Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT), located in Norfolk, is the only NATO command in North America


Every year many highly trained, motivated and disciplined personnel transition from active duty to the civilian workforce.

Of these individuals, over six thousand a year chose to stay or return to Hampton Roads to establish residency. These exiting military personnel are a unique asset to our region because they continually renew the labor pool as innovative, experienced and dedicated individuals.

Top 20 Military Exits in Hampton Roads by Occupation
Occupation Number employed % of exits
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 435 6.78%
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 392 6.10%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 364 5.60%
Medical Assistants 347 5.40%
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 337 5.25%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 329 5.13%
Avionics Technicians 301 4.69%
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters 299 4.66%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 248 3.87%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 230 3.58%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 218 3.40%
Firefighters 190 2.96%
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 145 2.26%
Office Clerks, General 105 1.64%
Ship Engineers 100 1.56%
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 97 1.51%
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers 89 1.39%
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 83 1.29%
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 82 1.28%
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 81 1.26%
Total Exits 6,416

Chmura Economics & Analytics - JobsEQ, August 2015

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