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Q. I am an E-4 and I’m looking to get out the Armed Forces when my EAOS approaches. I’m stationed overseas and have been living here for a few years. Since the presidential election has everybody in my department watching the news from the states while at work, I’ve been getting lots of information about the economy and I hear it is very bad. I don’t wish to remain in the military so what can I do to prepare myself?
A.)Thanks for your question. I appreciate the fact that you are aware of the events that are taking place in the world today. If you’re relocating to a particular area after the military, you should definitely look into all the factors that will make that move a success or failure according to your standards.
Preparation is the key. You need to start to formulate a gameplan on what you wish to do now while you are in the military and put the steps in place to make those plans successful.
In today’s world of technology, you can complete many first steps that you need to make your transition successful. You can accomplish plenty with email, phone, and fax without physically being present in the US.
If you plan to attend college, make an immediate listing of schools that you wish to attend and view their respective websites to gather the necessary information to apply. If you’ve taken courses in the military, find out which will be accepted.
In terms of transitioning your career from military-to-civilian, the immediate step is to decide now what career path you want to take and gather information and make contacts.
The first discussion while enlisted should be with your transition counselor.
Good resources to look for career information and feedback are: job fairs, career-oriented websites, and direct contact with hiring/staffing professionals and recruiters.
It is important to be aware of the economy, but don’t let the economy stop your progress. Planning and taking action now is the key. The day you leave the military should never be the first day to get to work on your plan, it should be a smooth transition because all the groudwork has been laid while you were enlisted.
Q: I’m coming up on the end of my first enlistment in the US Navy.
I’ve been an above average sailor and have made the rank of E-4. I’m really
struggling with my decision of whether to get out the military or continue to
stay in. What should I do??
A: First of all, the US military is one of the few organizations where you
can completely change your life for the better while only investing a
commitment. In terms of benefits and overall lifestyle, few career-based
occupations can match the experiences and maturity that you can ultimately gain
from military service. Deciding to stay or leave is a tough decision as you
I will recommend that if you do plan to leave the military that you start
developing your strategy as early as possible. There are many people who leave
the military with no plan, or in other words they “get out, just to get out”.
If you are truly unsure, you do not have to re-enlist. Request an extension
at your current command.
From what I have seen, those individuals who fail to plan out their
transition normally have the most problems in the civilian sector.