You’ll need to be aware of this and keep it at the forefront of your mind, your thinking, and your decision making:
The military is a unique community within the wider community.
The civilian world is very, very different, and it is imperative for your future wellbeing, and your family’s wellbeing that you prepare yourself for it.
It doesn’t have the disciplines, the defined structures, nor the regimentation, nor the certainties, nor your mates, and no one’s got your back.
Transitioning from the military community to the civilian community and reintegrating into civilian life does not have to be a problem, as long as you do your homework and know what to expect.
Research, and on a global basis, shows that the transition from the military community into the civilian world, for many is, and has been, a bit of a mine field.
You’ve heard of the 7 P’s haven’t you?
Poor Prior Preparation and Planning leads to Piss Poor Performance
So very true!….but it doesn’t have to be. There are three ‘Golden Rules’ here .
- Don’t have an expectation that it will be done for you, or that is going to be easy
- Don’t assume or presume you don’t have to have a well thought out and written plan
- Don’t assume or presume you have an ‘Entitlement’ to ANYTHING
Here’s a fourth ‘Golden Rule’ - Do your homework.
Go back to the book, pages 70 - 74 as a place to start thinking about your plan.
In addition to the services listed in the drop down box for each country, over the next few months, I’ll be speaking with leading experts across all aspects of transitioning and being prepared. This will be ongoing so you get the very latest information and guidance from experts.
In the Resources section at the back of the book I list two books you should consider buying.
The Military Guide To Financial Independence And Retirement, Doug
Nordman, Impact Publications
Out Of Uniform – Your Guide To A Successful Military To Civilian
Career Transition, Tom Wolfe, Potomac Books
Although they are US based, there is a lot of information that can be translated, for want of a better term, into what’s appropriate in your country of residence.
The key point here is ‘The 7 P’s’ - Planning and Preparation
The book will give you a complete roadmap to take back control of life by showing you how to conquer PTSD so it no longer controls your life, to then implement the 5 Step Life Plan with the 7 Pillars to Success.
When you do this, no matter what your current circumstance, you will be able to live the life you want for you and your loved ones. One of fulfillment, true happiness, success in the truest sense of the word, to live the life of your dreams and aspirations, whatever that might be for you.