Posted on Nov 20, 2023
SFC Kevin Stampfly
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This is not a question asking for advice, more of how was your transition good or bad adjusting to Civilian life afterwards. Do you miss being in, are you glad you got out, or are you indifferent? And lastly do you think being a Civilian now is much harder than being in such a structured environment? Thanks for your input.
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SFC Kevin Stampfly In Vietnam, I heard that we had landed on the Moon with Appollo 11. At the time, I thought that the Space Program would be a good career. Stationed at MCB 29 Palms, the Marine Corps had a bad drug problem. I made the hard decision to get out after four years and chase a dream. I moved to the Houston area, obtained a chemical plant operator job while going to school full time. I caught flack in College for having served and doing shift work made it hard because when I would take night classes, they were always a week or two behind the day classes. After five years, I had my degree and started a 33 year career on the Space Shuttle Program. Working and going to college helped with my transition because I was too busy to worry about adjusting to civilian life. I miss the Marine Corps but made the right decision. Being disciplined and organized made the transition to civilian life manageable.
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Sgt (Join to see) nicely done!
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Sgt Sheri Lynn - Thank you Sheri.
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MAJ Mike Middleton
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Retired 28yrs - was easy for me....one can't stay in the Army forever, a planned exit strategy is the key -> no matter how long you serve/served; have noticed that those that dont have a good exit plan seem to have a hard time transitioning....
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Sgt Sheri Lynn
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SFC Kevin Stampfly my experience was very difficult. I was nearing the end of my four years, and had decided to stay in. MST led me to change my mind kind of in a panic state, thinking it was the best way to take care of myself. In those days PTSD/MST weren’t even named as issues yet.
I was miserable as a civilian. Felt lost without the structure and camaraderie, despite the difficulties in my unit. And for decades I missed the belonging I had experienced.
I was unaware at the time of any programs in place for transitioning from military to civilian life. Now, there are so many… I highly recommend them. Especially those found in peer support groups. Having a buddy who has successfully managed the process can make the shift easier.
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Sgt Sheri Lynn I am sorry that you experienced MST/PTSD.
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Sgt Sheri Lynn
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Sgt (Join to see) you are very kind:) Thank you
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