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If you served in the military but are not quite sure how your skills will translate to the civilian world, focus on the discipline, problem-solving, and leadership skills that you learned from the start of your time in service.

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If you served in the military but are not quite sure how your skills will translate to the civilian world, focus on the discipline, problem-solving and leadership skills that you learned from the start of your time in service. Veterans with a background in combat arms, infantry, or security will find that their leadership skills, attention to detail, and discipline could land them a lucrative job in high-end security, crew leadership, landscaping, and other specialized fields.

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Los Angeles is known for its glitz, glamour and fast-paced lifestyle, as well as its geographical beauty and amazing weather. I mean who doesn’t want to ride a bike on the beach in November? The fairly recent addition of rail transportation and the movement toward outdoor markets that feature local products and organic produce makes the area even better place to live. For veterans who are looking to explore the option of making the Golden State home, there are multiple opportunities to start a post-military career with some very veteran-friendly companies in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the vicinity. From high-level security to computer science or sales, there is something for everyone. Veterans will feel especially at home amid the range of diversity of culture and people that can be found in the area, coupled with a large military presence in greater San Diego.

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Photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga

Like many veterans exiting the military, I went back to school. Unlike most of my military peers who earned law or business degrees, I earned a history degree.

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The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, when discussing security operations, states that “sometimes, the more force used, the less effective it is.”  According to journalist Radley Balko and his recent book “Rise of the Warrior Cop," SWAT recruitment ads, fighting-crime politics, and Department of Defense weaponry have spawned a storm trooper mindset within many police departments and resulted in a more heavy-handed approach toward enforcing the law. In recent decades, the inception of SWAT teams --- along with America’s war on drugs, war on crime, and war on terror --- have encouraged many police departments to develop an “at war” mindset, resulting in a more militant approach toward daily law enforcement.

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Editor’s Note:The following article is written by an employee of Gavin de Becker & Associates. Committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community, Gavin de Becker is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here.

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