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  • How to Negotiate Salary Using Your Military Pay

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    Stories of service members needing food stamps abound. I’m not downplaying people with financial struggles. But there seems to be a view that poverty in the military is widespread. This lowers expectations about the salaries veterans should get in the private sector. People think someone using government help to make ends meet should be happy to make $15 per hour. How do you turn this handicap to a benefit when you negotiate salary?
    How to Negotiate Salary Using Your Military Pay

    Knowing Your ECS - Equivalent Civilian Salary Can Get You Higher Pay in the Private Sector

    The Truth About Military Pay

    Most people outside the military don’t understand how our pay works. For junior enlisted, often base pay represents only half or two-thirds of their cash compensation. So even if an HR person checks military pay tables, she’s likely to come up with too Read More
  • Are You Building a Reserve of Mental Strength?

    How to Link Your Mind and Spirit

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Tazria-Metzora – Leviticus 12:1-15:33 General George Patton trained his men in many principles of resilience. Among them, he drilled,

    “Never let the body tell the mind what to do… The body is not tired if the mind is not tired.”

    Are You Building a Reserve of Mental Strength

    Patton Became an Outstanding Warrior Because He Knew How to Build Mental and Spiritual Resilience.

    The Source of Mental Toughness

    Patton led soldiers through the scorching heat of the North African desert. He commanded them to victory through the freezing cold winter of 1944 in the Ardennes. The grit his men exhibited amazed even the likes of General Eisenhower. At the same time, he learned the mind needed to govern more than physical stamina. Once, as a new second lieutenant, he damned one Read More
  • How to Drink Booze According to the Bible

    Do you know your spirit and spirits are connected?

    2 minutes to read

    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Shemini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47 What do July 1, 1914 and July 31, 1970 have in common? I’ll give you some hints. In both cases, a lot of sailors became very unhappy. No one got killed. Neither marks a natural disaster. Rather the catastrophe was manmade. How to Drink Booze According to the Bible They stand in infamy as the dates the American and British navies went dry.

    Booze On-Board Men-of-War

    Practical reasons made alcohol on ships necessary. Centuries ago sailors made lengthy sea voyages on tall-masted wooden sailing ships. Lack of refrigeration meant water became contaminated with algae and developed a putrid taste. Likewise, beer had a short shelf life. Enter booze. It not only retained but improved its flavor when stored in wooden barrels for a long time. Read More
  • Do You have a Clear Image of Your Future Life?

    How to Reinvent Yourself as a Successful Civilian

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    When a service member tells me he’s leaving the military I ask him what steps he’s taken to prepare. “I have to get my resume together.” Then I ask him where he wants to work. He gives a generic answer rather than specific companies. When I ask what he wants civilian life to be like you can hear crickets chirping. The confused look on his face says he hasn’t thought about it at all. Imagine getting the order to launch an attack before getting your objective. Can you say useless effort with collateral damage?
    Do You have a Clear Image of Your Future Life-

    Bring a picture of the civilian life you want into sharp focus so you’ll have a clear objective to pursue.

    Your Past Is Not Your Destiny Remember the film epic Master and Commander: The Read More
  • How to Be Creative Matching Your Skills to a Job

    3 Trends that Can Lead to Work You’ll Love

    3 minutes to read

    For corpsmen and information services technicians, similar civilian jobs are obvious. But if you were an 11B (infantry) or 13B (cannon crewmember), what can you do for the private sector? Input your MOS at Vets.gov Military Skills Translator . You get skills such as contingency planning, team coordination, and hands-on training. All good, but what do you do with them?
    How to Be Creative Matching Your Skills to a Job

    Creative Use of Your Skills in a Current Private Sector Trend Can Give You a Job You’ll Love.

    Look Beyond Your First Post-Military Job

    Even for a 68W or HM (or a 25B or IT) job prospects may not be clear. You may want to change your line of work. From navigating your military career, you know some MOSs and ratings have better potential than others. Maybe you Read More
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