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Success After Service

Embarking on the journey from military service to civilian life is a significant transition, often with a mix of excitement, uncertainty, and a host of unanswered questions. As you prepare to step into a new chapter, it’s essential to approach the transition strategically, armed with the right tools and insights. In this blog post, we’ll touch on some of the week two exercises in Civilian Ready and explore critical steps and considerations to ensure a smooth and successful transition from the military to civilian life.


You may know all the tactical checklist things that the military gives you to do, like making sure your medical records are correct – That’s a pretty big one. But there are other things that you need in your tool belt to have a successful transition. 



Success after Service: Never Alone


In my opinion, the most vital thing is not to do this transition alone. People are meant for community. In the military, it is all about the team and the greater good. Do not do this transition alone. Here at Civilian Ready, you are buddied up, plus you have two coaches that you can collaborate with. This part is a game changer; this is your team to mentally get your head in the right space to make a healthy and thriving transition. 


When I was Medically Retired, and all of my friends were still in, I felt utterly alone. Even my new husband was still in the service. Some days, it felt like rubbing sand in a wound. When people would joke about me being a civilian now, they might as well have been kicking me square in the heart. Which made me want to react violently; thank goodness I have self-control. It stung, though, I had given the military all of my young adult life, and here I was on the outside, alone and in chronic pain. 


Civilian Ready Week 2


With Civilian Ready, you are not alone. Every step, you have a team that is going through very similar things. You will have coaches who are a few steps ahead to give you a hand up. 


A few things that start in Week 2 of the program are: 


1.    Self-Reflection and Goal Setting: Before beginning the transition process, take a moment to self-reflect. What are your skills, interests, and passions? What are your short-term and long-term goals? Understanding your strengths and aspirations will guide your decisions as you navigate the civilian landscape.

2.    Understand Your Benefits: Familiarize yourself with the benefits available to you as a veteran. This includes healthcare options, educational benefits, and support services. Understanding your entitlements will contribute to a smoother transition

3.    Financial Planning: The transition to civilian life may involve changes in income and expenses. Develop a financial plan that considers your new circumstances, including budgeting, saving, and any necessary adjustments to your financial goals.

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Jenny Cioto

Financial, Life, & Business Coach, Speaker and Writer

Jenny Cioto, Financial, Life, and Business Coach

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