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Old 04-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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similar to some of the others, spent 9 years in and after i got out i was just floating along, not really engaged in life.

i am with Luke on taking advantage of EVERYTHING you earned from the VA. if you dont know what you want to do, start taking some classes at your local community college and use the GI Bill. it may help you decide and give you some income to live on while you decide. i feel like i have been in school forever (6 years since i got out but i changed majors) but will graduate shortly with a degree in engineering.

many of my friends, including my brother, went law enforcement. he tells me it is similar to the military in that there is a shared experience for all (the academy) when they start. unlike the military, there is no requirement to maintain so you see some cops that get fat and lazy. i guess there was the 10% suck in the corps too though.

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Old 04-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I served in the Navy back in the 90's. I tend to have fond memories of all the cool things I got to do when I was in. The good memories, tend to overshadow all the crappy things that came along with being on active duty in my mind. The longer you are out, the more you just remember the good.

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Old 04-09-2012, 04:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I still struggle. Even though I have been retired since 2003 it's hard. My job however helps alot. Working around a large population of VETS is awesome. I'm never alone and always someone to talk with, when it gets rough.

We all have similar things in our life and just having those guys around helps alot. The travel helps as well. I still get the away time and get the together time. It helps to keep everything balanced

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Old 04-09-2012, 04:50 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Sent you a link that should help out in the transition

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Old 04-09-2012, 07:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Active duty or vet, you will always get a "Thanks for your service" from me and free air at the Hole.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Adjustment took a while. Did 10 years total. You never fully put it away, you just put parts of it aside to draw from later on. On one hand, I still had the residual burnt out/sick of Army sh*t/glad to be out mentality....and on the other, I yearned for it like some lovesick teenage girl. I'd send emails back and forth to all my old buddies, want to be in the know about the latest training exercises, and relive old tales with them. I couldn't get rid of any of my gear for at least the first 3 years or so. I did the typical jump into the private sector job/grow a beard routine like so many guys do, and had similar experiences to what Flounder described. I felt no camaraderie, no sense of purpose, pride or satisfaction in what I was doing. Like many prior service folk do, I ended up going into civil service, in a law enforcement career. While not a complete replacement or duplicate, I viewed it as sharing many similar characteristics. Since then, I've met many guys (and gals) that served, that now serve as cops, firefighters, EMT's, dispatchers, nurses, teachers, or in numerous other support capacities at the local/state/federal level...including many right back on military posts in a civilian capacity.

Some advice I can offer is look into everything the VA might have to offer. Get to know your area rep. Sometimes they may have some good info on things you might be eligible for (schooling, training, etc.) or scuttlebutt on who may be hiring local. I'll always be grateful to the gal at my local office for helping me sort through the GI Bill process.

Realize that we as humans are naturally resistant to change, so there is a sort of "grieving" process that goes on. You're pulled away from guys you were tight with, often that were damn-near family, and it may be years before you see them again, if ever. That was the part I hated most.

And Dom, we've still got your 6...whether we fit in our uniforms any more or not. Hang in there, brother.
My experience pretty much mirrors what Luke posted here. The thing I miss the most is the camaraderie. I don't miss the politics at all. Actually, mostly it's just my brothers that I miss. I don't think there ever truly is an adjustment back to "normal". It's never the same on the civy side and even if you were to go back in it would still be different.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:58 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Have you considered joining the National Guard or Reserves? I am in the National Guard, so I am probably a little biased. But, lots of soldiers in the Guard & Reserves are prior active duty.

So you still get camaraderie back from before & you can serve your country again-on a part time basis while transitioning into the civilian world. Of course lots of great benefits with it, retirement, college, medical, etc.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:35 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Have you considered joining the National Guard or Reserves? I am in the National Guard, so I am probably a little biased. But, lots of soldiers in the Guard & Reserves are prior active duty.

So you still get camaraderie back from before & you can serve your country again-on a part time basis while transitioning into the civilian world. Of course lots of great benefits with it, retirement, college, medical, etc.
Not an option for me, medically retired. I'm don't think it's an option for anyone effected by a draw down either though I'm not certain.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:59 PM   #20 (permalink)
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If it is any cosolation. Throughout my career (over 40 years). The best people I have worked for have all been ex-military. Of all my professional role models, 90% are ex-military. and not just US military either. One of my first bosses was an Israeli officer. Absolutely, one of the greatest people I have met.

I have tried to pass what I have learned, and witnessed onto my children.
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