2-½ minutes to readStories 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?
2-½ minutes to readParsha [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.”
2 minutes to readParsha [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. They stand in infamy as the dates the American and British navies went dry.
2-½ minutes to readWhen 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? Your Past Is Not Your Destiny Remember the film epic Master and Commander: The… Read More
3 minutes to readFor 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?