Here is our third entry in our contest about finding meaningful employment after leaving the military. If you care to send an entry, just go to The Long March homepage and use the e-mail button on the upper left, next to the postage stamp photograph of me! —Tom
Chad Storlie writes: “The problem with military veterans looking for the ‘one thing’ to re-create the purpose that they found in the military ignores the uniqueness of military service and the attributes of service that so many who have served discovered.
I served 20+ years as an Army Special Forces Officer, which allowed me to shoot weapons, develop leaders, teach and train others, live with foreign soldiers, speak foreign languages, invade a foreign country (Iraq), help bring peace to another (Bosnia), and help teach the next generation of leaders. There are no other jobs like this – period and end of story.
What military veterans must do is to look for purposes and not just purpose. Looking for a single purpose and dedication like the military will in 999 out of 1,000 times be a task of disappointment. When we look for purposes, then we open ourselves to more potential for contribution and satisfaction.
Today, I teach at a college. I do strategy for my business. I watch Russian history (in Russian) to help my foreign understanding. I have a great wife and Family. I mentor military veterans through ACP & Veterati. I publish articles on how to apply military skills to solve business challenges.
If I looked for the sole purpose to find what I had in the military, I would be lost. What makes me ‘found’ is the ability to create multiples purposes that lead to a satisfying and fulfilling post-military life.
Maj. Matthew Golsteyn in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Philip Stackhouse.)
Army Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn – whom President Donald Trump has called "a U.S. Military hero" – will face an Article 32 hearing in March after being charged with murder for allegedly killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker.
On Dec. 18, the convening authority for Golestyn's case decided to hold the preliminary hearing in connection with the Feb. 28, 2010 incident, Army officials have announced. The proceedings are slated to start on March 14 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
A Middle Georgia man arrested last spring in an online child-sex sting set up by investigators at Robins Air Force Base will spend at least a decade in prison after pleading guilty in federal court here Tuesday.