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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.

  • 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
Electrical & Electronics Repairers, Commercial & Industrial Equipment 545 6.64%
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 487 5.93%
Medical Assistants 407 4.96%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 369 4.50%
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 363 4.42%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 344 4.19%
Aircraft Mechanics and Service 323 3.94%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 272 3.31%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 260 3.17%
Avionics Technicians 257 3.13%
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 233 2.84%
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters 229 2.79%
Correctional Officers & Jailers 225 2.74%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 222 2.71%
Firefighters 186 2.27%
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 119 1.45%
Office Clerks, General 115 1.40%
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers 104 1.27%
Ship Engineers 101 1.23%
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 93 1.13%
Total Exits 8,207

Chmura Economics & Analytics - JobsEQ, September 2015

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