Military Veterans – Your Next Opportunity Starts Here 


Strength. Leadership. Service.

In the armed forces you had a job where you made a difference. A job that mattered. And you had the dedication and commitment to do that job successfully.

At Northwestern Mutual, you have the opportunity to continue the commitment you’ve made to helping people. And you can do so in a location of your choice, whether it’s your hometown, near your military base or another area of the country in which you’d like to live.

You can have a lasting impact on people's lives by helping them achieve financial security.

A career as a financial representative may also provide an opportunity to achieve your post-military personal, professional and financial goals for you and your family.

Your Career 

Training and Development 

Rewards and Benefits 

Success Stories 



Discover Your Potential

Your potential is virtually as unlimited as your energy, commitment and drive. As a Northwestern Mutual financial representative, you have the freedom to manage your own schedule and build your own practice. This is a career where your hard work and determination are not only recognized, but rewarded.

from military to financial advisor

Financial advisor and military veteran Johnathan Williams talks about his career transition from the military.

hiring retired military

Also hear veteran and financial advisor Michael Slabic give advice to fellow veterans.

Getting Started

With local offices throughout the United States, you have the ability to begin your career close to your hometown, near esgr logoyour military base or in a specific area of the country in which you choose to relocate after your military service has been completed. Northwestern Mutual will help you discover if your abilities and goals match the commitments of a career as a financial representative.

Click here to find out how to get started.


Training and Development

training top 125You bring the talent and desire, we’ll provide the training, technology and mentoring you’ll need to get you to where you want to go professionally, personally and financially. Training Magazine has recognized our training and development as among the best in the country on its “2014 Training Top 125” rankings.

Local Training

Your local Northwestern Mutual office will support you through your training and development. With more than 156 years of experience, Northwestern Mutual has implemented a time-tested and proven approach to building a successful financial security practice.

You'll have assistance developing your practice and marketing plans, along with extensive training and coaching from certified trainers. You'll also have access to specialists who have the expertise to work with you and your clients in a variety of areas.

Continuing Education

esgr logoThe learning never stops. Our personal development and ongoing educational opportunities provide an even greater opportunity to advance your career as a financial representative.

Click here for more information about our continuing education opportunities.



At Northwestern Mutual, working hard and smart can result in great financial satisfaction. There is no ceiling to the financial rewards you can achieve through commissions, renewals and bonuses. It’s entirely what you make of it, but with hard work and determination, you can build a successful practice that brings a positive balance back to your life.

Additionally, Northwestern Mutual financial representatives:

  • Enjoy the freedom to be their own boss
  • Provide guidance and solutions to help clients achieve their financial goals
  • Have a significant positive impact on families and businesses

For more information, visit our Rewards and Career Development page.


Northwestern Mutual will work with you to choose your own location across the U.S. to find the right community in which you want to serve. You also have the freedom and flexibility to plan your own day as you build close, long-term relationships with clients.

Northwestern Mutual gives you greater independence and that can lead to exceptional income potential and more satisfaction.


While you help provide financial security to your clients, we are committed to offering a benefit program that provides a esgr logohigh level of financial security for you. Whether you are single or married with a family, Northwestern Mutual's benefit package will address the various stages of a full-time financial representative's life.

Click here for more information on our comprehensive benefit package.


Success Stories

Becoming a successful financial representative demands a unique combination of time, energy and personal drive – skills you have gained from your military service. Read what other military veterans have to say about the transition from the military to a career as a Northwestern Mutual financial representative:

john byzcekJohn Byczek, Managing Director
U.S. Army
Northwestern Mutual - North Tampa
Tampa, FL

John Byczek enlisted in the Army in 1982 and spent 16 years in a variety of roles – serving as an infantryman to a paratrooper to an intelligence officer. Upon leaving the Army, John pursued two tracks: He continued to serve in the Reserves and searched for a new career where he could continue to make a difference in people’s lives. That drive led to him becoming a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual.
Learn more about John Byczek’s life.

“The core of what I do is help people. It’s what drives me everyday, and it’s a good feeling to know that I’m making a difference in people’s lives.” – John Byczek, U.S. Army

David Deegan, MBA, CLU®, ChFC®, Financial Advisor
U.S. Navy
Chicago, IL

After joining the Navy right out of Junior College, David Deegan spent four years as an aircraft electrician servicing jets and helicopters. He began his college studies in engineering and spent some time in technical sales before realizing that he wanted more than just a job – he wanted a fulfilling career.
David Deegan talks about his career.

“The military taught me discipline and how to face and overcome challenges. Those skills have been invaluable to me as a financial representative.” – David Deegan, U.S. Navy

eric kalaEric Kala, CLU®, Financial Advisor
U.S. Air Force
San Antonio, TX

Eric Kala was halfway through college when the tragedy on September 11, 2001, struck. His devotion to serve his country drove him to leave school to enlist in the Air Force. As an avionics mission systems specialist, Eric spent four years working on bombers and cargo planes, keeping them ready to go whenever and wherever needed. He maintained and repaired radar and communications systems and flight controls, among other duties. When he left the Air Force, he went looking for a career in which he could find new ways of serving people.
Eric Kala talks about his career.

“If you bring the work ethic you had in the military to this career, there is no limit to the success you can achieve...”
– Eric Kala, U.S. Air Force

Robert Nuño, MAM, CLTC, Wealth Management Advisor
U.S. Army
Coral Gables, FL

Upon completing his college studies on a ROTC scholarship, Robert Nuño spent four years in the U.S. Army as a specialist in Nuclear, Biology and Chemical Defense and Special Operations. The culmination of his military career was receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for his work in developing procedures for soldiers and units to be able to operate and survive on contaminated battlegrounds. Following his full-time military experience, he continued to serve the country in the U.S. Army Reserve while he launched his civilian career in financial services.
Learn more about Robert Nuño's career.

“With this career, I am self-employed in the service of others while having the flexibility and ability to be well compensated for something I am passionate about.” – Robert Nuño, U.S. Army

mark perraultMark R Perrault, MBA, CLTC, Financial Representative
U.S. Air Force
Colorado Springs, CO

While majoring in business operations in college, Mark Perrault pursued a commitment to Air Force ROTC that led him to serving four years in the Air Force upon graduation. As a brand-new second lieutenant, Mark trained in Alabama and eventually was stationed in Spokane, Washington, where he quickly became the class’s “financial guy.” So when he settled into civilian life in a new city, it was a logical step to explore the opportunity to become a financial services professional and utilize his leadership skills.
Mark Perrault shares his thoughts on his career.

“The independence, flexibility and opportunity to really take control of your career are tremendous motivating esgr logofactors to becoming a successful financial representative.” – Michael Perrault, U.S. Air Force

Click here for more military and other career-changer success stories.


Contact a Recruiter
to Discuss Your

Start Here