Jake Turner has been an active-duty Army officer for the past 12 years. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, a M.S. in Policy Management from Georgetown University, and is working on a M.S. in Human Resources from the University of Louisville. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his growing family.
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.