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Best MILITARY TO CIVILIAN Transition Advice Ever

January 03, 2022

Authored By Mark Brock | US Army CSM Retired

It has been 2 years since retirement. I can now confidently start giving advice to future transitioning service members:

  1. Get over yourself. Employers call BS on that flowery resume that depicts all your scope and responsibility as a Senior Leader. Tailor the resume for the position and be reasonable in your achievements.
  2. Civilians do not understand the military structure or lingo. To them a Corps CSM is the same as a Corps Armorer. I mean honestly, an Armorer in Corps probably works harder than the CSM anyway.
  3. Find a couple of hobbies to challenge yourself physically and mentally that you will have fun doing. For me it was Brazilian Jujitsu and learning how to play the guitar. I literally ran 2 times in all of 2021.
  4. Thanks to social media it is easier to maintain friendships. Camaraderie will be found at your new job, gym, or neighborhood. You will assimilate.
  5. Catch up with the lost family time. You rowed hard for years, now it’s time to put them first.
  6. Don’t do anything you don’t want to do.
  7. Grow your hair, grow a beard, pierce your ears, do whatever you want to do within the limits of your chosen profession.
  8. Take your health serious, you are in worse shape than you realize. It will all come out when you retire, trust me…

#9 - Unless you go into public service, such as law enforcement, healthcare, social work, etc., you will probably not so something as "meaningful" to society as military service. Be OK with making your meaning outside of your chosen profession - your faith, your family, your volunteer service, and your hobbies. This is Ok. You've paid your debt to society many times over. (Added by Chris Morton)

#10 - And since #9 is true, relax. You're probably not saving babies every day. Most bad decisions in business cost people that already have made a couple of bucks. They'll be all right. (Added by Chris Morton)

That’s all for now.



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