I served in 5th Special Forces Group in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries. We worked hard, and were constantly either in intense training or on deployment. Drinking alcohol for this unit is a time-honored tradition, complete with games that call out soldiers. Anytime someone said, “This is my first time to…” or answered a similar question in the affirmative, they owed the team a case of beer. This kept the fridge full and allowed for regular rituals in the team room, where we’d have a brew and talk about daily logistics before heading home.
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.