Posted on May 15, 2019
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I'm at 20 years with a few more to go in me. What I fear is the transition from being institutionalized for the past 20 years. I think I'll have some difficulty because everything I did was Army. I wouldn't know how to handle the general population on a daily basis who are outside of the military circle. Like working in an office and there's a worker who's always lazy. I can't just tell them to "get off your f****ng a$$ and start doing your job" because they could cry and complain to the boss that I was "mean" and I'll get fired, then I have to look for another job.
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SFC (Join to see) SFC Cruz, shoot me your e-mail and I will link you up with a retired SGM in our office. He has some great insight on the transition process.
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LTC Multifunctional Logistician
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I think you are looking at the worse case scenario. Plan now on where you will live and network that location. I equate the job process to getting into a fraternity. It’s all about good hair and smiles. A resume is nice but referrals are gold. And don’t worry about lazy F’s being in private business. They are all in government positions and academia deciding on their gender and pronouns.
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CPL Sheila Lewis
CPL Sheila Lewis
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MSgt Michael Smith - holding down two part-time jobs and working towards my Teaching Degree.
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CPL Sheila Lewis
CPL Sheila Lewis
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Army Veteran/ Student/ working towards my Teaching Degree and not worried about gender or pronouns.
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How many non essential employees work at Amazon, Starbucks, Target? Government work is inefficient period. DOD just had an audit. It was a first. My point was lost on you. MSgt Michael Smith
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MSgt Michael Smith
MSgt Michael Smith
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LTC (Join to see) - Don't even start with your non-essential BS. #1 Non-essential never was a thing, it was non-excepted, and by that measure, 3/4 of the Pentagon could be furloughed, so just stop. Bureaucracy exists for a reason. It's so the USA can keep working when our political leadership fails to do so. You'd be the first in line at the complaints counter if you couldn't renew your passport, or your GI Bill money got delayed, or maybe no one paid the contract for the guards at the local military base. I guarantee you all those people are non-essential. Bureaucracy means inertia, and a REALLY BIG part of Federal work is making sure that we are accountable to the taxpayer. That means lots and lots of rules and forms to ensure we don't waste taxpayer money. When stupid political leaders try to fast track things in the name of efficiency you end up with $150 toilet seats, a 100 million dollars in cash put on a pallet and sent to Baghdad, children separated from their families and lost on the border, uparmored HMVEE modifications that cost 3x what an MRAP does, and Boeing lend/lease contracts that cost BILLIONS with zero oversight. ALL THOSE THINGS HAPPENED. They all happened because of people like you, who thought that the right way to do things was inefficient and slow, so they cut corners and ended up ripping off taxpayers.
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Never too late to talk with your installation's transition office. I found there are very few people who really can't transition back "into polite society." I'd also suggest looking into career training while you have access to tuition assistance funding. Few combat arms MOS' translate directly into a civilian career. And interacting with civilians in an educational setting may ease the transition.

Don't be afraid of wanting to tear someone's head off because they are a slug. You just need to find a nice way to motivate them.
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SSG Cliff Richardson
SSG Cliff Richardson
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Cudos, Col. Done the right way you can make anybody sit up and pay attention, actually tear their head off with nothing more than your intellect and wits, give them an all out ass chewing, and make them feel good about themselves afterword, and see immediate improvment in that individual. I had a BDE. CSM that could do that all the time.
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