I live and work in Manhattan, so I don’t consider myself to be much of an outdoor person. As a kid, I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and went camping every summer, but I have very minimal understanding of how to overcome a situation that is more dangerous than a hurricane. So, here is my attempt to learn some survival skills.
After nearly a year on the Joint Staff, I finally feel comfortable in my job. It took longer than I thought. The transition from tactical to strategic is quite the leap. Truth be told, it’s a chasm. The Pentagon can be a daunting place for Army majors. You are the junior officer in every room. Everyone is more experienced and senior to you. However, the experience is a great opportunity, not simply a difficult challenge to overcome. Here are the 12 biggest takeaways from my experience on how military members can thrive in a Pentagon post.