To quote Rocky Balboa, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place.” Being in the military is a tough lifestyle but if you decide to transition out of the military and think that civilian life is going to be a walk in the park, you’re in for a rude awakening. Just like how in every mission there are multiple COAs (courses of action) during the planning phase, you should also have multiple COAs well before your official transition out date. Even though the world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, fortunately for service members today there are plenty of great programs designed specifically for transitioning service members and veterans as well as platforms such as social media and blog posts for people like me to share some advice.
I decided to join “Military Money Matters” as I saw that it was not only a great platform to share financial knowledge to Soldiers, but also to shed some light on programs that service members are entitled to when you are ready for the transition to civilian life (whether it be for retirement or ETS). I also wanted to give my two cents on different routes to take after the military, so you don’t pigeonhole yourself into a new career you don’t want.
I am a 27-year-old former Army Captain and a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. I proudly served as an Infantry Officer for over 5 years becoming Airborne Ranger qualified and had the privilege to serve as a platoon leader, executive officer, specialty platoon leader, and a division level staff officer before leaving the service. I recently transitioned out of the Army and am expanding my career opportunities on the West coast by starting my MBA program at USC Marshall. Over the next few months I plan on sharing programs such as Onward to Opportunity, Career Skills Program, and Heroes for Hire that assist with the transition as well as highlight some excellent exit opportunities whether it be through the work force or higher education. My posts do not represent the United States Military or its affiliates in any way. It is fully intended to highlight the options available to those active duty service members and veterans to ensure they receive the benefits they are entitled to. I’m here to help so feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need help with anything transition related.
Fight on! $