DoD photo by Spc. Cory Grogan

Careers, financial planning, and general life after the military requires some preparation. In the six months leading up to your transition, it’s good to look ahead. At that point, you should begin attending hiring events, looking into school, or applying for post-military jobs.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards

When transitioning and searching for a new job, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview. This is often conducted by companies before the official in-person interview to gather more information about the candidate and make sure there are no obvious red flags.

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Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Barber

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.

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DoD photo by Stephen Hickok

While you may not think that the lessons taught in boot camp are applicable in the civilian world, think again. When you transition, even the simplest lessons from your training will provide an edge over civilian job seekers.

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