Top Headaches for Military to Civilian Transitions

Transitioning from military service to civilian employment isn't alwasy easy.  Although it's often a positive experience for those we work with, transitioning comes with its own, unavoidable headaches.  Here are a few of the top transition headaches you can expect when making the change:

  • Demilitarizing Your Resume – It can be time consuming and frustrating but it could be the deal breaker when transitioning to civilian work.  Be clear and concise, and don’t assume they understand your past military experience.
  • Pace of Work – In most cases, the pace of military work is constant.  There is little or no downtime; deadlines are deadlines and, when in the field, can be a matter of life and death.  For many, to transition to the slower pace of work can be a welcome part of life.  For others that enjoy the high pace of military work or have become accustomed to the constant stream of activity, transitioning can be difficult.
  • Atmosphere – Likely, the most prominent difference in military and civilian work is the work atmosphere itself.  Some offices may allow for a less structured work day; others may promote teamwork based roles.  These differences can be difficult for those transitioning.
  • Rules and Conduct – Military rules and conduct in the work place follow military values and rules.  These rules are precise, structured and required.  Some civilian workplaces may be more flexible on rules and develop “understood” rules within the workplace. 

Knowing the differences in military and civilian work atmospheres, expectations and conduct could prevent you from experiencing some of the common frustrations many who transition feel.  If you are considering transitioning from military service to civilian employment, let DefensePlacements help.  Contact us today.

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