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  • Do You Want a Harmonious Transition?

    How to Handle the Frustration of Reintegration

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Noach – Genesis 6:9-11-32 People transitioning out of the military often feel like foreigners. You get isolated focusing on meeting the mission and deploying. You’re not used to the push and pull of civilian life. Reintegrating can cause friction. Such discord can lead to quarrels. Communication may break down. An already stressful transition becomes more so. Do You Want a Harmonious Transition

    Combativeness Has a Price

    Which is worse: Quarreling with G-d or quarreling with other people? G-d is the commander. So disputing His word would have to be worse. Does such logic, stemming from a military perspective, hold up? Parshas Noach has the answer:

    “All the earth was of one language and common purpose.” (Genesis/ Bereishis 11:1)

    Three hundred and forty years after the flood, mankind got to Read More
  • How to Gain Faith When You Think You Have None

    4 Steps that Take You from Despair to Optimism

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Bereishis – Genesis 1:1-6:8 My friend Bruce urged me to read Douglas Murray’s book The Strange Death of Europe . He told me it’s “probably the most important book of the last 50 years.” So, I read it. It may be the classic my friend asserts. But I found one glaring error. Time and again Murray asserts you can’t just have faith. How to Gain Faith When You Think You Have None Clearly, he misunderstands the nature of faith. Many of us do.

    You Pay a High Price for Faithlessness

    Lack of faith caused the most devastating event in human affairs. In the story of Creation in Parshas Bereishis , Adam says:

    “‘The Woman who You gave to be with me . . .’” ( Bereshis/Genesis 3:12)

    Adam lacked faith in Eve’s ability to resist eating fruit Read More
  • How to Increase Spiritual Fitness with Competition

    Are You Competitive in Only One Way?

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Vezos Haberachah – Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 Competition has gotten a bad reputation over the last few decades. Children’s programs are notorious for giving everyone a ribbon no matter how abysmal their performance. One of the few places this idea doesn’t reign supreme is the armed forces. How to Increase Spiritual Fitness with Competition

    Competition with Others Produces Greatness

    The military remains proud of its up or out culture. Annual reviews let service members know where they stand in relation to their peers. A process known as racking and stacking determines the performance hierarchy at a command. A select percentage at the top advances. The rest may see their careers stagnate. Substantial improvement that doesn't place you in a high relative ranking constitutes failure. You might be able to hang on for Read More
  • How to Find Veterans with the Precise Skills You Need

    You Can Break Military Occupational Specialty Codes…

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    (NOTE: This is part of a series of articles for civilians who want to help veterans transition better. If you’re current or former military, pass this on to a civilian friend.) Last week’s post showed how to assess the experience and educational level of military people . You saw the typical veteran is ahead of his civilian peers on both counts. But businesses and veterans struggle to understand each other when talking about skills. Nonetheless, you can pinpoint the ones you need. The bureaucratic nature of the military will do most of the work for you. How to Find Veterans with the Precise Skills You Need

    Job Specialties by the Numbers

    Next time you meet a veteran, ask him what his military specialty was. Chances are you’ll get an answer like, “I was an 11 bravo.” Bravo is the phonetic Read More
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