We know life after the military can be challenging. Its one of the hardest things anyone goes through so to help you get started, here's our guide.
1. Have a Plan
Most service members do not give themselves enough time to think of what's next after they take off the uniform. Start looking at things that interest you and what you need to do to get there. Not having a plan increases the difficulty of transitioning and makes civilian life even more of a challenge. It's a cold world out, so bring your own heat.
2. Get Involved with Military Veteran Groups:
The best way to start networking is finding veteran groups nationally and at the local level. They can help increase your social and professional networks while building similar camaraderie that you experienced in the military.
3. Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help:
Getting help is critical when leaving the military. You have been in a regimented structure for minimum of four years where thinking for yourself was not part of your branch of service. Your basic needs such as food, shelter and social interaction were taken care of, and when leaving the military, these things are no longer provided. Ask your friends, family and other veterans in giving you a lift. Ask what they did to get where they are in life.
4. Be Proactive:
You are the only one that can make things happen for yourself. The more effort you put into yourself after the military, the more you will get back so don't be afraid to put it yourself out there. Start searching, connecting with others and get what you need today!