Transitioning from the military back into the civilian world is seldom a seamless task. This can be a confusing time for many service members, many of who have never experienced a civilian career. And if that isn't enough, the fact that no two transitions are identical can make it difficult to provide a universal method for success that applies to every veteran.
However, by making use of resources, in addition to taking the steps and time necessary to have a positive transition, many veterans will find themselves in secure place with clarity in their personal and professional lives.
Attend more than just basic
The US Armed Forces provides transitioning programs for military members about to discharge; however, if this isn't enough, seek out the agencies and organizations that can provide further information. These programs are civilian-career focused and provide resources that will prepare you for the job market.
Additionally, even if you are on the line between re-upping and separating, still prepare for your transition. Waiting a few weeks before retiring to start your transition is not a good practice. You want to start as soon as possible, considering options months in advance.
Civilian licensing and certifications were developed in order to sanction professional standards for specific fields, and, recently, a pilot program has been launched that will transfer military certifications into the civilian world.
In short, those who have gained military experience in logistics, maintenance and certain health care professions have access to a fast track into civilian certifications in aircraft maintenance, automotive repair, health care, trucking, supply and logistics.
Get your family involved
One of the most difficult aspects of transitioning is reintegrating back into family life. Many veterans, especially those who have experienced combat, come back experiencing unusual emotions or behaviors that may affect the way they interact with their families.
To keep family life running smoothly, involve your family in your transition. Attend family support group meetings or military functions where family members are allowed to attend. Openly communicate with your family and do so often to express what you need or why you may be feeling a certain way.