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Few institutions teach discipline, management, logistics, and efficiency like the US Armed Forces, so it’s no surprise that Ranker’s list of Fortune 500 CEOs finds many military veterans.
Below are some of the most accomplished military vets who went on to lead Fortune 500 companies.
Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky was a member of the Army’s elite Rangers and served in Europe, the US, and Panama.
West Point graduate Alex Gorsky served in the Army for six years, eventually achieving the rank of captain.
Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert A. McDonald served in the 82nd Airborne Division, retiring with the rank of Captain.
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Robert A. McDonald wanted to be in the Army so bad that he wrote his congressman for a special exemption at just 11 years old. Eventually, he came of age and got his wish.
He is a former CEO of Procter & Gamble, and also served as secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration, where he worked to improve veterans’ access to healthcare.
Robert Myers, chairman of Casey’s General Store, spent 22 years in the US Army.
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Robert Myers spent 22 years in the US Army, serving in Germany, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1988.
Afterward, he began working at Casey’s General as a manager. Within a few years he worked his way to the top of the corporation, which owns hundreds of stores across America, many of which are situated in small towns with populations of 5,000 or less.
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