Though transition is hard on any service member, it can be equally difficult for his or her family. When you have a family, the level of security that you lose when you leave the military doesn’t just impact you as you separate — it affects them too.
When you prepare to transition, it’s important to plan ahead. Keep in mind that honesty goes a long way with family members and unkept promises are dangerous territory when it comes to loved ones. Relocation can also be an issue, as job opportunities may take you elsewhere.
It could also be a while before a new job comes up post-transition. Discuss savings with your family beforehand, so you can be prepared for anything.
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Being open with your family is one of the best ways to keep a semblance of calm through this chaotic period.
Watch Hirepurpose Career Coach Will Leineweber explain how to prepare your family for transition: