Need To Know – Get Leaving The Military Advice From USAA

Slide16Military transition is just like a military operation. You need a good plan, people to help, resources, rehearsals, and back-up plans to make sure that you accomplish your goals. When I transitioned, I did not have a good plan, I was not prepared to be unsuccessful, and I did not know how to translate and apply my military skills to business.


1. Attitude is everything.  Attitude is one of the most important mental criteria that will make an employee shine in terms of both performance and leadership. Ensure you have a positive and constructive attitude for even the most seemingly mundane tasks.


2. Be Open to New Experiences.  Often when we are exposed to a vast array of new experiences, we fall back on our military ways and mind sets. All these uncertainties in the economy, fluidity of roles in a commercial organization, and differences between the veteran and non-veteran employees can encourage a status-quo or “pull back” approach by the veteran employee.

No matter the expressed definition of workplace activity and company roles, you should dive into whatever roles and experiences are offered immediately.


3. Have a Back Up Plan for Everything — Jobs, Finances, Everything.  All good plans create multiple options to achieve the mission objectives and to accomplish critical tasks. In the U.S. military, operational planners use the concept of P-A-C-E (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency) to ensure that they have a minimum of four different ways to accomplish a critical task. For career transition planning, P-A-C-E can be used when you are looking at Industries, companies, geographic locations, and types of positions.  For example, in selecting geographic locations, one city or one state may be insufficient. You will probably need to look at Washington, Colorado, Texas, North Dakota and Missouri as opposed to only Washington. For industries, if you are interested in the Energy industry, you may need to expand into Natural Gas, Drilling, and Light Manufacturing. The entire point of P-A-C-E is that once you have expanded your geography, industries, companies, and positions, you now are looking at 15-20 viable options that can be investigated and explored instead of the two to three at the top of your head. The use of P-A-C-E forces you to explore and expand your interests and ensure that you look fully at ALL available options.



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