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Dewitt Lawrence, local veterans employment representative (LVER) with the State of Indiana Department of Workforce Development, talks to members of the Indiana Agricultural Develop Team that just returned from Afghanistan about resources to use while applying for jobs.
Dewitt Lawrence, local veterans employment representative (LVER) with the State of Indiana Department of Workforce Development, talks to members of the Indiana Agricultural Develop Team that just returned from Afghanistan about resources to use while applying for jobs.
Army photo by Capt. Olivia Cobiskey

Young Soldiers Have Unrealistic Salary Expectations For Post-Military Career

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A recent analysis found that junior enlisted soldiers transitioning out of the military have lofty, often unrealistic civilian salary goals.

Walter Herd, director of the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program, told Army Times, “We found that the junior enlisted, the privates through sergeants E-5, were disproportionately high in their expectations.” He added that these soldiers often estimated their private-sector salaries could double or even triple from what they earned in the military.

As a result, transition assistance programs are hoping to better inform the soldiers about realistic expectations for civilian life given their experience and education.

Get the full story at Army Times.