Best jobs after retiring from the military
When it’s time to stand down, you’d like an easy transition, a lot of stability and a job that makes use of what you know.
By Jennifer Merritt, Carolyn Bigda and Donna Rosato
March 22 2007
NEW YORK (Money Magazine) — You’ve put in your 20 years, and you’re headed back to civilian life. You want your new career to make use of the technical, organizational and leadership skills you honed in the military.
For many veterans, that straightforward realignment, along with industry stability, is a must-have.
“They may do almost the same thing in civilian life as they did in the military,” says Richard Crampton, director of placement at the Military Officers Association.
Last year 10,000 active-duty career officers retired. About 100,000 senior enlisted men and women also left.
Many take jobs for defense contractors or government agencies – their security clearance opens all doors. Other jobs stand out too.
“Veterans are expert troubleshooters,” says Randall Scasny, director of Military JobHunts.com. “Teach them something and they can fix any problem.”
That’s why so many vets end up in logistics. Marc Guertin spent 22 years in the Navy before retiring as a master chief petty officer in 2005, when he was in charge of staff and facilities at the Navy’s submarine training school. “I wasn’t just looking for a job,” says Guertin, 46. “I was looking for a second career.”
That search led him to the logistics team at Target Corp.’s massive Stuarts Draft, Va. distribution center, where he started as a group leader for operations later that year.
“Logistics is all about deliverables, so in that sense, it’s not a lot different from the military,” says Guertin, who got a promotion last month. “It really dovetails nicely.”
Crossing over from military life can present challenges, though, so keep these things in mind as you step out of uniform.
1. Take off your rank
2. Don’t be married to your hometown
3. Mine the military way
4. Translate the military speak
5. Get a makeover
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