Leaving the military is a monumental decision that often comes with a roller coaster of emotions. One of the most paralyzing elements of the transition to civilian life is the fear of the unknown. The loss of structure, accountability, community, and purpose may seem like a welcome dose of freedom, but in reality, can bring up overwhelming fear. Air Force veteran Jessica Johnson knows from experience. “After being deployed for a year, away from my toddler son, I knew it was time for me to leave,” she said. “But I had no idea what I wanted to do.”
Every veterans above the rank of E-1 has had some leadership experience. When you join the civilian sector, some companies have management training programs that take your existing leadership skills and help you apply them to a new industry. You have what these companies are looking for.