U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore

Unlike some civilian career fields, human resources (HR) is found in all branches of the military. For me in the Army, it was the S1 shop, responsible for personnel support — that included pay, leave, awards, evaluations, personal records, event planning and promotions. In the civilian world, it’s pretty much the same, with the added duty of recruiting.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. Robert Brown

One of my old bosses was smart about his Army exit. He used the days between transitioning his duties to his replacement and signing out on terminal leave to beef up his resume. Instead of whiling away the remaining days surfing YouTube or disappearing for three hour lunches, he stuck around the office ready to answer any question his boss or replacement needed and diligently worked away at online classes. While you might not be in  the same situation as him — trapped in an office with fast internet — it doesn’t hurt to use some of your remaining time productively.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Corona

Many of the Department of the Army civilians I had worked with and a large number of my veteran friends signed out of the military on terminal leave on a Friday and started a new job on Monday. But that wasn’t me after I left the Army.

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