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  • How to Handle the Fragmentation of Civilian Life

    Have You Prepared for All Aspects of Your Transition?

    2 minutes to read

    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Ha’azinu – Deuteronomy 32:1-52 You may not have thought about it. But military life is integrated. On base, you have facilities serving your physical needs: exercise, medical care, food, and clothing. You can get mental and spiritual support. To a large degree, every unit in the field and ship is self-supporting. Civilian life is fractured. When you transition you need time to rebuild a whole life from scattered pieces. How to Handle the Fragmentation of Civilian Life

    Transitioning Creates Outer and Inner Conflict

    The fragmented nature of civilian life makes leaving the military chaotic. That’s why I often talk about reintegration. Transitioning requires more than finding a new home and job. You need to restore a complete structure for daily life. In the days of wooden sailing ships, rope Read More
  • How to Mine Veterans to Find the Best Employees

    2 Problems Solved by Hiring Military People

    3 minutes to read

    (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.) Unemployment is at its lowest rate in ten years. So you’d think it would be easy to find a job. Yet veterans and civilians struggle despite 7.1 million openings. What gives? Many business owners, economists, and government officials agree a skills gap hampers hiring. Economist James Bessen wrote the most lucid explanation I’ve found . He identifies two problems: 1. Finding people with certain specific skill sets and 2. Recruiting employees who can adapt their skills at the pace of industry change. Both describe military people. How to Mine Veterans to Find the Best Employees

    The Military Trains in Adaptability

    Take the second issue first. Have you seen Read More
  • How to Create a Cadence to Overcome the Transition Blues

    2 Cornerstones to an Unbreakable Reintegration Foundation

    3 minutes to read

    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Nitzavim-Vayeilech – Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 A few weeks ago I heard sailors in formation calling cadence for the first time in quite a while. They brought back memories of my days as a Boy Scout. World War II and Korean War veterans ran my troop. Among the military influences, when we hiked someone called cadence. They were corny… “I had a good wife but she left.” “You're right!” “Look what the horses have left.” “You're right!” “Sound off…” “One, two…” Sound off…” “Three, four…” “Cadence count…” “One, two, three, four, one, two, THREE, FOUR!” But to a scrawny kid struggling to carry a 50 lb. backpack they kept my spirits from flagging. Civilian life could use some cadence calls, especially when the transition blues Read More
  • How to Improve Your Company by Hiring Veterans

    25 Benefits Military People Bring to the Table

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    (NOTE: I wrote this for civilians who want to help veterans transition better. If you’re current or former military, pass this on to a civilian friend.) You want to help veterans make a smoother transition to civilian life. But you don't know any or know just a handful. You’d like to make an impact. But you’ve got your job and family responsibilities. So it can't be a full-time endeavor. Everyone is so busy these days. What can you do that has a limited time commitment? How to Improve Your Company by Hiring Veterans

    A Quick Assessment of Your Knowledge

    Last week I mentioned three things you can do to shrink the military-civilian divide :
    1. Understand military culture.
    2. Identify the benefits of hiring veterans.
    3. Use the military personnel structure.
    Start by assessing what you know about the military Read More
  • How to Battle Lack of Preparation for Your Transition

    2 Lessons You Can Apply to Leaving the Military

    2-½ minutes to read

    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Ki Savo – Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 You decided to move on, retire, or got told to leave the military. The prospect of civilian life fills you with excitement. New horizons are there to conquer. No kicking back and enjoying life. Then reality sets in. Job-hunting turns out to be harder than the TAP folks said. You face dozens of problems without a sponsor. Finding a decent place to live. Getting your kids in new schools. The excitement turns to trepidation. How to Battle Lack of Preparation for Your Transition

    A Whole Nation Disoriented by Change

    If you're not careful, the blessing of civilian life will become a curse. Your confidence will change to uncertainty. How could things go SO wrong? How will you handle dashed dreams? We’re not the first people Read More
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