Military to Civilian Transition
Its six months before your military retirement date. You have made several preparations for your transition into the civilian world. The one thing you want to do is make sure you have all the checks in the block so that you have a smooth transition where you do not have to worry about anything after you have gone on terminal leave. Even though through the leadership and management styles picked up through a military career, you think you are ready to step out in the civilian world. Military personnel must realize that their lives will soon change; some may have a difficult time transitioning. Suddenly it is your last day in the military. Shock has come upon you. Either let the stress get to you and let life become a living nightmare or take what you have learned over your short or long career and become just as successful as you have been. It is your choice. Depending on the outlook of retiring or getting out, transitioning into a civilian is a life-changing experience. You have had a secure income for the time you have served and no worries of getting fired if you did what you were told. The thought of getting out or retiring may seem like a very easy decision at the time you make it; however when the time comes that you have to get prepared for it is the moment reality hits. Quite a bit of soul searching should take place as with any transition in life. Some of the questions that you have to ask yourself is “what do you want to do with the rest of your life, are you leaving the military for greener pastures, or are you more concerned with finding a rewarding job or pursuing a satisfying lifestyle?” (Savino & Kranich, 2009, p. 1). Do not delay any preparations in your transition. The time you have spent in the military should have turned you into an action-oriented warrior. You know the earlier you start, the better off you will be as with any operation you have prepared for. The first thing you should schedule...
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